I parked just outside Bethpage State Park and walked the Nassau -Suffolk trail north. I came to an entrance road to the polo field and was able to view a lot of green. Cutting left to stay along the edge of the fairways, I viewed the red course with light green greens and darker green fairways, sand traps and the dead stalks of little blue stem grass. Over the forest to the east, a huge hump that looked like a gray whale surfacing. No, it is the Farmingville Landfill. V-shaped water spouts added some drama. Along the hike, I picked up a few balls that had “smiles” from iron shots whose golfers made swings that didn’t make square contact with the ball. One such ball, embedded in dirt attracted my attention. I edged it out. It had a root coming out from the smile. This was a keeper for sure. I saw the clubhouse and headed up hill in between the boundary of red and black course. I asked for the pro shop in order to get a map. “You’re not allowed anywhere on the golf course.” I was holding my walking staffs, a dead giveaway. I headed along the edge of the yellow course looking for an exit. I stepped through an opening in the chain link fence and found myself back on the white blazed trail that I started on. I marveled at the abundance of acorns along the edges.
There is nary a dandelion anywhere on the course. There is, however, plenty of grass and smooth textures of sand traps, and greens. Groomed doesn’t do justice these courses. They look like they visited a beauty shop. This was to be my last visit to Bethpage State Park. I had a nice walk and some good exercise and plenty of nice views. I may take up golf. I noted that the fee for the black course is $75. Well, maybe I’ll hit balls with my number 2 iron on the large Dominican Sisters property in North Amityville. That’s free, and I can aim for the cemetery next door and consider those balls dead.
He has published two books; THE NISSEQUOGUE RIVER: A JOURNEY and HIDDEN AGENDA; A POETRY JOURNEY.He has also published many essays and poems in such journals as the Long Island Forum and The Long Islander.
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