Renovation Project at Bethpage Black

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Starting in 1997, and leading up to the opening of the 2002 U.S. Open, the USGA contributed over $2.7 million dollars towards restoring and renovating the Black Course under the supervision of Rees Jones. With the help of McDonald & Sons Contracting, and Agronomist Tim Moraghan, the project was completed on time, with stunning results. Below you will find extensive pictures of the restoration project, incleding before, during, and after shots of many holes. This was no cosmetic touch up, 512 yard were added to the total length of the course by pushing back tees, almost all bunkers were rebuilt with improved drainage, fairways were made slimmer while the roughs were enlarged, every green was refurbished with new irrigation and sprinklers, and the entire course was reseeded with Fescue or Rye grass. Looking through the pictures, the quality of the work is apparant, and this tough public course was turned into one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in the world.

Hole 1 of the Black Before Restoration
Hole 1 Before Restoration
Hole 1 of the Black During Restoration
Hole 1 During Restoration
Hole 1 of the Black After Restoration
Hole 1 After Restoration
Hole 3 of the Black Before Restoration
Hole 3 Before Restoration
Hole 3 of the Black After Restoration
Hole 3 After Restoration
Hole 4 of the Black Before Restoration
Hole 4 Before Restoration
Hole 4 of the Black After Restoration
Hole 4 After Restoration
Hole 5 of the Black Before Restoration
Hole 5 Before Restoration
Hole 5 of the Black
Hole 5 After Restoration
Hole 6 of the Black Before Renovation
Hole 6 Before Restoration
Hole 6 of the Black During Renovation
Hole 6 During Restoration
Hole 6 of the Black
Hole 6 After Restoration
Hole 7 of the Black Before Restoration
Hole 7 Before Restoration
Hole 7 of the Black
Hole 7 After Restoration
Hole 8 of the Black Before Renovation
Hole 8 Before Restoration
Hole 8 of the Black During Renovation
Hole 8 During Restoration
Hole 8 of the Black
Hole 8 After Restoration
Hole 10 of the Black Before Renovation
Hole 10 Before Restoration
Hole 10 of the Black
Hole 4 After Restoration
Hole 14 of the Black Before Renovation
Hole 14 Before Restoration
Hole 14 of the Black After Renovation
Hole 14 After Restoration
Hole 15 of the Black Before Renovation
Hole 15 Before Restoration
Hole 15 of the Black After Renovation
Hole 15 After Restoration
Hole 17 of the Black Before Restoration
Hole 17 Before Restoration
Hole 17 of the Black After Renovation
Hole 17 After Restoration
Hole 18 of the Black Before Renovation
Hole 18 Before Restoration
Hole 18 of the Black During Restoration
Hole 18 During Restoration
Hole 18 of the Black After Restoration
Hole 18 After Restoration
Bunker Removal
Removal of Bunker and Liner
Why Drainage Was Needed
Why Drainage Was Needed
Drainage Trenches Being Dug
Drainage Trenches Being Dug
Drainage Ditches Filled With Gravel
Drainage Ditches Filled With Gravel
Drainage Project Completed
Drainage Project Completed
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