1. Atlantic Golf Club (Bridgehampton)
COST Six figures: If you need a more specific number, you can’t afford it. FAMOUS MEMBERS Vera Wang, Michael Bloomberg COURSE SPECIFICS A links-like course—meaning sand, tall grass and wind—designed by Rees Jones, one of the world’s top course architects. INTERESTING TIDBIT Established by Westchester developer Lowell Schulman after he found other clubs slow to welcome Jewish members.
2. The Bridge (Bridgehampton)
COST In 2007, The Wall Street Journal reported membership cost $750,000 FAMOUS MEMBERS Lyor Cohen, Richard Prince COURSE SPECIFICS Built by Rees Jones on the site of the Bridgehampton Race Ciruit, so signs like Chevron Gasolines and a lot of roadway are still visible. The 16th hole tee has breathtaking views of Peconic Bay. INTERESTING TIDBIT Best off-course views are from the locker rooms, with windows up to 24 feet tall; when asked to verify basic course facts, its manager replied, “Who authorized you to write about our club?”
3. East Hampton Golf Club (East Hampton)
COST In the $400,000 range, and limited to 250 members FAMOUS MEMBERS Jeff Zucker, John Sykes, Jason Kidd, Lloyd Blankfein, Lorne Michaels, Mort Zuckerman COURSE SPECIFICS Bill Coore and two-time Masters champ Ben Crenshaw designed the course, which sports a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse offering tons of amenities. INTERESTING TIDBIT Can be a bit dodgy playing here in the summer, as the course was built near a landfill, and a shift in the wind…
4. Maidstone Golf Club (East Hampton)
COST East Hampton’s most blue-blooded, and they don’t discuss money. FAMOUS MEMBERS Chevy Chase COURSE SPECIFICS Designer Willie Park Jr.’s course has farmland to the north and the Atlantic to the south. Holes 9 and 14 were on Golf magazine’s list of 100 greatest holes in America. INTERESTING TIDBIT After playing a round, Groucho Marx allegedly asked to join; told why he couldn’t, he retorted, “My kids are only half Jewish. Can they play at least the front nine?"
5. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Southampton)
COST The fee is secret, and you must have a member sponsor you. FAMOUS MEMBERS Mark Rockefeller, Brownlee Currey, Roger Waters, Charles Stevenson COURSE SPECIFICS A links course fashioned after traditional Scottish courses by Willie Davis Jr. and William Flynn, it’s routinely listed as one of the country’s 10 best. INTERESTING TIDBIT One of the most famous courses in America and rightfully so. It hosted U.S. Opens in 1896, 1986 (won by Raymond Floyd, who went on to build a house nearby), 1995 and 2004, and will in 2018 as well.
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