| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Hamlet Golf and Country Club is proud to have been named the USTA 2017 Private Club of the Year. With such a rich tennis history, it is exciting to once again be acknowledged for a sport that is so important to this Golf and Country Club. For years, The Hamlet hosted the prestigious Hamlet Cup Tennis Tournament, and event that 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 such world renowned players as Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang, to name a few.

Though the Hamlet Cup Tournament is now a fond memory, The Hamlet can boast new exciting traditions that are being cultivated today through programming for our members and their guests. This programming includes weekly Adult Cardio and Tennis Zones, Kids Tennis Zones, Tuesday Night Tennis and Sunday Morning Tennis. The Hamlet will introduce a season-long tennis ladder, fabulous holiday events and tournaments, and finishing the season with the annual exciting Club Championships. All these programs and events will be played on the Club’s six immaculate hard courts, as well as the two HarTru courts, all of which are lit for evening play.

As if The Hamlet’s members do not have enough programming to choose from, the Club is also the host site for some of the most exciting tennis events that are happening on Long Island. The Long Island Tennis Challenge, featuring local amateur and pro players, will be held at The Hamlet on Saturday, June 10. The Long Island Executive Cup will make its debut on Thursday, May 25, where the best Suffolk County Boys High School Tennis Team will face off with the best Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Team. Other events scheduled include The Boys High School Tennis "Play for Autism" and The Girls High School Tennis "Play for Pink" fundraisers, Suffolk County’s USTA Kids Day, plus The Hamlet will also be the home of two USTA Women's Level 4.0 Tennis Teams.

The Hamlet's 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. When purchased by ClubCorp, "The world leader of Private Country Clubs," the Club underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, including improvements to the clubhouse, golf course, pool area and tennis courts. This fall, the Club's bar, dining area and new patio will be undergoing an additional full renovation. ClubCorp's refreshing philosophy of what the modern Country Club looks like, is drawing attention to The Hamlet, from Manhattan to Montauk.

With such a beautiful environment in which to enjoy the game in mind, The Hamlet has developed new Social Memberships, catering to tennis and pool enthusiasts, as well as young professionals who are just starting to add golf to their busy lives. Seniors who enjoy the private club experience, but do not golf often, and everyone in between. 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 by calling (631) 499-5200 or e-mail Hillary.Epstein@ClubCorp.com.