Back in 2010, Tallgrass Golf Course joined Bethpage Black, Bethpage Red and Montauk Downs among Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play, the magazine's annual ranking of each state's top public-access courses. The foursome hasn't broken apart since.
Golfweek released its 2012 list of the Best Courses You Can Play last week, and for the third straight year, Bethpage Black and Red, Tallgrass and Montauk Downs represent Long Island in New York's top tier. The Black Course retains its role as top dog, while upstate challengers Saratoga National and Leatherstocking take home silver and bronze. Further down the list, Shoreham's Tallgrass (#9) once again edged Bethpage Red (#10) by a nose. Montauk Downs dropped one spot to #13.
It's been two months -- a long time by Bethpage standards -- since the Black Course and the 90-hole facility as a whole were praised by some group of raters or readers. In January, the park was voted "Best Golf Course" in the annual Long Island Press "Best of LI" poll. The Black also came in at #36 when Golf Digest released its list of America's Greatest Golf Courses in April 2011.
But the past year's biggest honor might go to Tallgrass, whose architect, Gil Hanse, was chosen earlier this month to design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro. Hanse beat out competing designs from Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, among others.