Golf is a game people love to hate. Players curse their closest
relatives, pray to the gods and foam at the mouth until they get
the perfect drive or putt that makes the world make sense again.
But sometimes, the craziest antics occur before a golfer even plays
Consider Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Bethpage State Park, a public
golf course touted to be "the people's course." Bethpage State Park
has five courses—black, blue, green, red and yellow—and
getting a tee time on any course, especially the Black Course,
rarely can be done by telephone. Therefore, people arrive early to
play the par-70, 7,214-yard (6565-m) Black Course, which bears a
warning sign at its entrance stating, "The Black Course is an
extremely difficult course, which we recommend only for highly
Photo courtesy of Long Island Roofing and
Repairs Service Corp., Bellmore, N.Y.
Bethpage State Park, a public golf course...
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