Anthony Scorcia, whose "On Par with Anthony Scorcia" radio show airs Saturday mornings on WGBB 1240-AM, spoke with golf and Bethpage historian Phil Young this morning to discuss the Black Course in advance of The Barclays later this month.
Young, an A.W. Tillinghast expert with several books on Bethpage and its legendary architect, spoke about his concerns regarding the Black Course's setup and its move away from the fundamental aspects of Tillinghast's original design. Narrowed fairways and "dumbed-down" greens are an insult to the designer, he said, and have taken away from Tillinghast's masterpiece.
"You wouldn't go into the Louvre and say, 'You know, I think Mona Lisa would be better as a blonde,'" Young said.
The Black Course will host The Barclays from August 25-28.
To listen to the entire discussion, visit the On Par with Anthony Scorcia website.