Maidstone Club

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Club information
Location East Hampton, New York
United States
Established 1891
Type Private
Total holes 27
Designed by Willie Dunn – 1894
(7 holes)[1]
Seth Raynor – 1921[1]
Willie Park, Jr. – 1924[1][2]
Jack Park – 1924[2]
Ben Crenshaw – 2012[2]
Par 72
Length 6,560 yd (6,000 m)
Course rating 73.0
Slope rating 139

The Maidstone Club is a private country club on the Atlantic Ocean in the village of East Hampton, New York. Maidstone has both an 18-hole and 9-hole private golf course.

History[edit]

Maidstone Club

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 7-hole course in 1894 and expanded to eighteen holes in 1899.[3] The Club was the summer retreat of New York City’s most wealthy and socially connected families. Maidstone is considered to be the most elite, prestigious and difficult to get into of all the clubs in “The Hamptons”.[2]

Several notable people have inquired about membership over the years and were summarily prevented from joining the Club. In the 1950s, Groucho Marx was able to play as a member guest but was turned down as a potential member.[4] George Plimpton and Diana Ross were also shunned. Ross was married to billionaire Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Næss, Jr., a member at Maidstone, however he resigned when his wife was denied membership.[4]

Willie Dunn laid out the first course in 1894; it was but a rudimentary 7-hole layout.[1] Seth Raynor drew up re-design plans in 1921.[1] Then in 1924 Willie Park, Jr. and his brother Jack designed the 80-acre (320,000 m2) Gardiner Peninsula addition.[1][2][5] 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.[3]

The Parks' routing on the 80 acres on Gardiner’s Peninsula and the remaining 50 acres is masterful as he introduces to the player myriad forms of hazards at various angles, including a marsh, Hook Pond, sand dunes, beach grass, reeds, well-placed bunkers, out of bounds and the ever present wind.[1]

In 2014, Maidstone was ranked #37 in Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." list, and #67 in their "Top 100 Courses in the World" list.[6][7][8]

West Course scorecard[edit]

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue 73.0/139 424 537 408 176 325 403 341 151 415 3180 387 464 181 500 152 493 485 328 390 3380 6560
White 70.3/131 362 509 365 162 296 393 312 131 367 2897 360 395 164 454 129 481 470 287 367 3107 6004
Par Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 4 3 5 3 5 5 4 4 37 72

Facilities[edit]

The Maidstone Club features a private beach, pool, tennis house, and club house in addition to the golf course.

Notes[edit]

Ben Crenshaw performed extensive renovations in 2012.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Williams, Robert. "The Maidstone Club". golfclubatlas. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Itinerant Golfer's Take on Maidstone Club (West)". golftripper.com. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Quirin, William L. (2002). America's Linksland: A Century of Long Island Golf. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press. pp. 36–37. ISBN 1-58536-087-2. 
  4. ^ a b McCallen, Brian (6 July 2012). "Maidstone Club's Luxurious Links". Hamptons-Magazine.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Maidstone Club". Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  6. ^ Top 100 Courses in the U.S
  7. ^ Top 100 Courses in the World
  8. ^ "Maidstone Club in East Hampton, NY". Retrieved 2015-06-04. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°57′10″N 72°10′39″W / 40.952872°N 72.1774°W / 40.952872; -72.1774