Around the same time The Barclays was drawing thousands of local golf fans to Bethpage Black to see the world's best players take on the vaunted course, Golf Magazine released its list of America's best public golf courses, the type of ranking that the Black typically dominates. This list is no different.
Bethpage Black is ranked #4 in Golf Magazine's list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play for 2016-17, published in its September edition. Only Pebble Beach, Pacific Dunes and Pinehurst #2 rate higher in the United States. It's the only Long Island course on the list, though Metro Area newcomer Trump Links at Ferry Point made its debut in the #43 spot.
Golf Mag's state-by-state list highlights two other Long Islanders in its top 15 of New York publics. Neighbor Bethpage Red comes in at #13, one spot behind the East End's Montauk Downs.
Visit the Golf Magazine website to view the full national and state rankings.