Renovation Project at Bethpage Black
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.