Hey Hey, My My: 2 Holes Out of The Red and Into The Black at Bethpage Black’s 2019 PGA Championship

Bethpage Black. Our namesake. Probably the most touted municipal course in the land. You arrive at the first tee and the classic sign subtly informs you that you are about to be destroyed.

Truth is they need that sign, because the holes you can see from the clubhouse are…less than incredible? You might even believe, based on the first and final holes at Black, that you could survive the round. And that’s why we need to be replaced for professional tournaments. As in real life, it’s the parts you can’t see that are truly horrifying. Maybe that was all part of Tillinghastly’s plan…to lure you into a false sense of ease before you cross Round Swamp Road on the way to No. 2, where it gets real. But the two holes you can see from the clubhouse don’t quite match the monstrosity that is Black, and both have willing, aggressive substitutes from the course’s underrated, uncomfortable brother.

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Consuming The Heart of It All Pt. III: Ohio’s Best Public Golf Courses (Nos. 03-01)

It doesn’t seem like Golf.com is doing their biennial rankings of every state’s best public courses…so BPBM has taken it upon themselves to take up the task for its home state (Ohio) for 2018—by simply reorganizing Golf’s 2016 rankings. Check out Nos. 1 – 3 today, or head back to Parts I and II to see what the first five listings were…and then stay tuned to find out the Top Three…plus a couple of additional publics worth your consideration, which didn’t get a shout out from the powers that be in 2016. Or this year, for that matter.

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Consuming The Heart of It All Pt. II: Ohio’s Best Public Golf Courses (Nos. 04-10)

It doesn’t seem like Golf.com is doing their biennial rankings of every state’s best public courses…so BPBM has taken it upon themselves to take up the task for its home state (Ohio) for 2018—by simply reorganizing Golf’s 2016 rankings. Check out Nos. 10 – 4 today, or head back to Part I to see what the first five listings were…and then stay tuned to find out the Top Three…plus a couple of additional publics worth your consideration, which didn’t get a shout out from the powers that be in 2016. Or this year, for that matter.

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Consuming The Heart of It All Pt. I: Ohio’s Best Public Golf Courses (Nos. 11-15)

So it’s been a while since you’ve seen new content on the BPBM Blog, and we apologize. It’s been much, much longer since Golf.com has updated its Best-of-State-You-Can-Play list. A biannual event in these parts, it looks like the train may have just pulled up short in 2018. We assumed we’d be getting an update post-Ryder Cup, but no luck.

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4 Tactics for Saving The Muni (Subtitle: “Without Being The Prototype Upper Class Golf Prick”)

A rarity in the Bethpage Black Metal world! A post dedicated to honest social good, and not just absurd hypotheticals! Assuming you consider “social good” to include saving municipal golf in America’s biggest cities. And we do. 

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4 Ways to Draw an Enormous Alligator to Your Golf Course (2018’s Hottest Investment!)

It has been a marquee week for Florida golf reptiles, as sightings of enormous alligators and snakes have inspired fear and overreaction all over the country…but probably not Florida, where such is life.

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