In addition to a private beach, pool, tennis house, and club house, Maidstone has both an 18-hole and 9-hole private golf course.
The Club derives its name from the original name for East Hampton, which was Maidstone, named after Maidstone in England. It was founded as a nine-hole course in 1891 and expanded to eighteen holes in 1899. The golf course was originally designed by William H. Tucker and is one of the first 100 golf courses in the United States.
The club has also been plagued by first- and second-hand accounts of racist and antisemitic membership policies and, as of 2015, having never had granted membership to a non-white person. Author Steven Gaines reported that "after Jewish senator Jacob Javits played there, members claimed the grass he stepped on turned brown," and "how members threw a fit after a nearly drowned South American housekeeper had the gall to drag herself ashore on their beach."
Willie Park, Jr. designed the 80-acre (320,000 m2) Gardiner Peninsula addition in 1922. The expansion resulted in the club having two 18-hole courses, but this was reduced to the current 27-hole layout by the Hurricane of 1938.
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