Sorry guys, been under the weather the last few days so here are my closing thoughts on our trip.
The first thing you notice as you pull in is all the cars, we arrived at about 9:30 and there appeared to be a couple of hundred cars already and this was on a Thursday...I can't imagine what it looks like on a weekend.
Next we had to sign in and pay and this place isn't like your local course where you just walk into the pro shop and pay. This place had this special section where there were two lines...one for players with a reservation and another for those that didn't. Luckily we had a reservation so we got through there pretty quickly. The weird part is the people you're giving your money to are sitting behind glass partitions that appeared to be two inches thick...it reminded me of a horse track or a casino.
We then had an hour or so to kill so we hit the driving range, or what I'll call the "iron range", yep we went to the driving range where you're not allowed to hit your driver. The driving range was pretty small and has a weird set up, you hit from an elevated position down into this giant bowl and you could see why a driver wasn't allowed as there was a fence about 250yrds out and a road just on the other side of the fence.
Next we were off to play some golf and all I can say is the course was beautiful, it is really hard to believe that this is a public golf course. The fairways were plush and the greens were perfect.
After the round was over we hit the pro shop and bought some gifts. Unfortunately Lou had to take off soon thereafter, but Erik, David and I hung around for a couple of drinks. We also had time to check out the clubhouse which is covered with all kinds of memorabilia. As stated in a previous post, the hallways of the place reminded me of "The Shining".
In closing, Lou, Erik and I are definitely going to do this again and we hope Fuzzygazz can join us on the next trip as he wasn't able to join us this time. Also, I extend an open invitation to mystry78 to join us next time which might be this Fall at this course Fox Hopyard, and I only suggest this course as this is where we wanted to play last year but on the date we picked they were having a big tournament that day so we chose someplace else to play. Anyone else out there that wants to get together and play...we're are certainly open to suggestions, Fox Hopyard isn't a done deal.
Here are a couple of pics from inside the clubhouse at Bethpage-
That's it folks.
PS- Bubbs, I hope you play golf IRL because you have a gift coming your way.