In the spirit of the Winter Olympics currently underway in Sochi, Bethpage State Park and its famed Black Course have taken home the gold yet again in the annual Long Island Press "Best of LI" poll, with Rock Hill Golf & Country Club and Eisenhower Park occupying familiar spots on the medal stand.
Long Island Press readers voted Bethpage the "Best Golf Course" on Long Island for the seventh consecutive year (results were announced last month). The 90-hole golf mecca -- headlined by the Black Course and the challenging Red Course -- beat out 11 other public courses and three private clubs thanks to the dedicated mouse-clicking of golfers among the Long Island Press readership.
A consistent top-3 finisher in the "Best of LI" poll, Eisenhower Park settled for the bronze in 2014. The Devereux Emmet-designed Red Course.is one of the Island's most popular courses, and its Robert Trent Jones-designed neighbors -- the White and Blue courses -- draw golfers year-round.
Courses like Crab Meadow, Harbor Links and Montauk Downs have joined Bethpage and Eisenhower in the winners' circle in years past, but Manorville's Rock Hill Golf & Country Club has become a mainstay in the poll, now finishing as runner-up three years in a row. Press readers seem to vote with yardage in mind, and Rock Hill is among Long Island's longest public courses. With its tall, thick rough, Rock Hill plays much longer than the 7,050 yards listed on the scorecard.
PICTURED ABOVE: Eisenhower Red #15 (click to enlarge)