| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

If you are a tennis player on Long Island, you have probably heard of The Hamlet Golf and Country Club, located at 1 Clubhouse Drive in Commack, N.Y. A rich history and current exciting tennis programming make it one of the most popular destinations for tennis enthusiasts looking for great amenities in a private country club setting.

In the past, the prestigious Hamlet Cup Tennis Tournament was hosted at The Hamlet. The Hamlet Cup was used as a warm-up for the U.S. Open for more than 16 years. The eight Hamlet tennis courts have been graced by world renowned players such as Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Boris Becker and Michael Chang, just to name a few. Today, The Hamlet still boasts six immaculate hard courts, one with stadium seating, as well as two clay courts—all lit for evening play.

With such a history and beautiful environment in which to enjoy the game, last season, The Hamlet put together an exciting new membership. The Tennis and Pool Club Membership offers access to tennis and the pool for the warmer months and is available to both individuals and families. This Membership gives access to all the Tennis and Pool amenities as well as the Cabana Bar and Cafe and last year proved to be a great way to spend the summer months.

The Hamlet Golf and Country Club was only purchased in June of 2011 by ClubCorp, a Dallas-based company known as "The World Leader of Private Golf and Country Clubs.” This exciting procurement led to a multi-million dollar renovation, including improvements to the clubhouse, pool area, tennis courts and $1 million in renovations to the golf course last year alone. ClubCorp's refreshing philosophy of what the modern Country Club looks like is drawing attention to The Hamlet from Manhattan to Montauk.

The Hamlet's General Manager Jon Cheshire feels strongly about the relationship between The Hamlet Golf and Country Club and the surrounding community. ClubCorp's and Hamlet's motto of "Building Relationships and Enriching Lives" reaches even further than its membership. Now where the tennis legends of the past once warmed up for the U.S. Open, the stars of tomorrow are cutting their teeth at the Hamlet.

If you are interested in learning more about the new, exciting Hamlet Golf and Country Club, you may contact Membership Director Hillary Epstein at the Club at (631) 499-5200 or e-mail Hillary.Epstein@OurClub.com.