The US Open isn’t the only cool tournament on the East End horizon. On May 22, Sebonack Golf Club will host a tournament benefitting the Southampton Historical Museum.
Situated on 300 acres in Southampton overseeing both National Golf Club and Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, the Sebonack Golf Club features holes that offer panoramic views of Long Island’s Great Peconic Bay and Cold Spring Pond. The visual impact of the water vistas competes for the golfer’s eye with the rolling fairways, expansive bunkers and waste dunes, and undulating greens that present tricky swales and burrows. Meant to look as if manicured by time, Sebonack appears to have fashioned itself from the wild terrain.
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak, two designers with dramatically different styles, used the natural contours and features of the land to create a unique look. The result is that Sebonack looks quite different from its illustrious neighbors and provides a strong golfing challenge for players of all calibers.
The Southampton Historical Museum was organized in 1898 and incorporated in 1910. In its early days, the museum collected and exhibited objects and documents relating to the history and development of Southampton, organized pageants, and gave lectures on antiques.
By 1960, the Rogers Mansion property had expanded to include 12 historic structures, including a one-room schoolhouse, an 1825 bar, and a 19th Century paint store, among others. The mansion is the main administrative center for the organization and is open year-round.
Today the museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Town of Southampton by engaging and inspiring diverse audiences. It does this through the management of four separate properties with 15 historic buildings that contain changing exhibits on historic topics and a research center. Educational programs for schoolchildren and adults are also held there.
Registration for the tournament begins at noon, with a buffet of savory foods and sweets served from noon till 1 PM. There’s a 1:30 PM shotgun start and play continues till 6 PM. Play your own ball, and the lowest score gets a trophy. The cocktail party — a chance to boast about your score — or change the subject at the 19th hole, runs from 6 to 7:30 PM.
The deadline for limited-admission payment is May 15. Tickets are $750 and offered on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve, call 631-283-2494.