Montauk Yacht Club

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Montauk Yacht Club
Industry Hotel
Founded 1929
Headquarters 32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY 11954
Area served Montauk, NY
Parent Island Global Yachting
Website montaukyachtclub.com

The Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina is situated on 35-acres of waterfront property at the East End of Long Island, New York since famed entrepreneur Carl Fisher built the original clubhouse in 1929. After a multimillion dollar redesign and renovation in 2009, the property features 107 guest rooms; 23 Villa Cottages; 232- slip full-service, mega-yacht Marina; fine dining and cocktails at the Gulf Coast Kitchen, Hurricane Alley, Barracuda Bar and Turtle Lounge; the full-service SPA MYC, SALON MYC and fitness center; a private beach and three swimming pools; Har-tru lighted tennis courts; easy access to fishing and water sports; and 10,000- feet of indoor meeting and event space plus the expansive Great Lawn that can accommodate large-scale tented events up to 1,000 people.

History[edit]

For over eight decades, Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina has been a landmark destination for those who frequent the shores of Long Island's South Fork East End. The Resort actually began as three separate estates. The original club building was built in 1928 by entrepreneur Carl Fisher, the master builder who turned Miami into a thriving resort city. Fisher had dreams of replicating his success with the small seaside village of Montauk, New York to create a playground for the rich and famous.[1]

He began with an elegant Tudor manor and quickly realized that he needed a harbor to attract the grand pleasure yachts of the day. He had a deep channel dug between freshwater Lake Montauk into Gardiner's Bay, New York constructing what was then the world's largest private harbor.

A significant achievement of Fisher’s was the 60 foot replica of the Montauk Lighthouse in the midst of twenty guest suites. The lighthouse served as a beacon to guide guests to the resort. Today the lighthouse remains as a focal point of the resort.

The club's original membership included Vincent Astor, JP Morgan, Nelson Doubleday, Edsel Ford, Harry Payne Whitney, Thomas Eastman, John Wanamaker and Harold S. Vanderbilt. Among the many guests was famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, who often flew his seaplane into the harbor to dock at the Marina.[2]

According to local legend, the Island Club, which was located next door and would eventually become part of the resort, had become the area's most popular speakeasy and gambling casino. To ensure total privacy, the Island Club posted sentries at the stone stanchions at the end of the island's causeway. When the police stopped by to pay a visit, the sentries would radio the club and management would hide the liquor and gambling equipment.

The third piece of property that forms the current Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina was the Caleb Bragg Estate. Caleb Bragg, one of the original governors of the club, was so enamored by the Island that he built himself a home right next door. Florence Ziegfeld of the Follies fame eventually purchased the estate and they remain as Montauk Yacht Club villas today.

Marina[edit]

A 232-slip marina, the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina has been recognized by Yachting magazine as one of the “Top Ten Marina Destinations in North America, Mexico & the Bahamas.” Part of the IGY global network of marine destinations, this yacht friendly marina can birth vessels up to 275 feet with a draft of 12 feet. Full resort services are available dockside.[3]

Recreation[edit]

The Montauk Yacht Club in season (July and August) features:

• Heated indoor pool (open year round) • Two outdoor pools • Saunas (open year round) • Surf Camp • Volleyball, horseshoes and bocce ball • 4 Har Tru Lighted Tennis Courts • Tennis Pro on property • Spa MYC (By Appointment) • Yoga Classes • Complimentary paddle boats and kayaks, and beach cruiser bicycles • Charter Boats from MYC’s Marina: Masterpiece Charters, My Mate, and Hattrick • Private Yacht Cruises • Lighthouse Boat Cruises • Fishing Excursions • Fitness Center (open year round) • Private Lake Beach • Playground • Winery Tours

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