Monday, June 15, 2009

You Will Never Score Well at Bethpage Black


For those of you that don't know me, consider yourself lucky, you're not missing much. However, to give you a little context for this post you need to know this much - I love golf. I play in a golf league, I go on an annual golf trip and try and I get out on the weekends when the crappy Upstate NY weather allows.

Like most golfers, I'm not very good -- and regardless of what anyone tells you, there are very few good golfers on this planet. Sure, I have my moments, but I don't write about my travails on the links very much because listening to someone tell stories about how they should have made a par on 16 but they bladed a wedge into the woods and ended up with a triple bogey just isn't that interesting. It's like listening to other people's poker stories - no one gives a crap.

That being said, I will share two quick golf stories from my past. One time in high school I was playing in a match and the kid I was playing against shanked a low line drive into the the opposite fairway that hit another golfer in nuts. The guy immediately dropped to the ground howling in pain and I immediately walked the other way. I wasn't the one that hit him and I certainly wasn't going to deal with that mess - besides, he was beating me.


The other fun golf story I have from my youth is that I witnessed my dad make a hole in one.....on a mulligan. It's an evil game.

Writing about professional golf isn't that much better. Tiger is great, Daly is a mess, Phil has insane talent and a wife we are all rooting for to get better (fuck cancer) and the other 150 players basically have the personality of a box of corn flakes.

However, the U.S. Open starts Thursday and it's being played at Long Island's Bethpage Black. Sadly I haven't had the chance to play it yet, but I live a couple of hours north of NYC and have had numerous friends sleep in their cars and experience the pure pain the black course inflicts on those that try and tame it. Without exception, each guy I know that has played it has sent me a text or email of the above sign before teeing off. It's a given. Should I ever play there, you can bet I'll do the same.

So how hard is it? I could provide you with some links detailing the narrow fairways and towering rough, but that would require further reading and visualization on your part and let's be honest, you didn't come here to think. Let's check out some video instead.

Here is how you get on without a tee time - and you won't have a tee time:




And here Andy North shows us just how high the rough is and gives us a "darkhorse" to win it all....and let's just say Andy didn't go out on limb with his choice:





So there's your obligatory golf post for the year - I'll try not to make it a habit, but if you've ever picked up a club, check out a few holes this weekend and watch a public course you can play bring the best players in the world to their knees.

1 comment:

JCB said...

I played Bethpage last June and just thinking about it makes my forearms hurt. It was more like work than golf, by the end of our round all 4 of us were physically and mentally drained. Never quite experienced anything like it. I did have 3 pars and shot in the 100's. All that being said I would tell anyone I know to try and play it if you can!