Trees were knocked down and there was flooding damage at the 375-member Inwood Country Club, but the privately owned club hired a private contractor to cut and dispose the 130 trees that were felled by Sandy, said club President Peter Davidson. Only two of those trees impacted play on the golf course, he said. The remainder were on the periphery of the course. The decision to replace the trees has yet to be made, Davidson said.
Flooding damage occurred in the lower portion of the club, where the locker rooms are and the downstairs grill. The carpeting will be replaced, Davidson said. Clean up was also performed by club employees. “We have a lot of insurance and the course and club are in better condition than before the storm,” he said.
The club also owns the Inwood Beach Club. Davidson said that was also being cleaned up and will “open on time for Memorial Day.”
Davidson, a 56-year member of the club, is a second generation member as his father also belonged to the club. Davidson became a member at 16. “I’ve been here a long time, it’s like our home away from home,” he said. “It’s pretty clear, members want the club open.”
Steve Rabinoff, president of The Woodmere Club in Woodsburgh, also said he and the more than 230 members view the club as their home away from home. Sandy flooded the club’s lower level and damaged the boiler and electrical system. He said the club will use shutters in an effort to deflect water from the lower level. Power has been restored and the club is being cleaned up, Rabinoff said. In addition, an internationally renowned country club designed is expected to help with the restoration.
Assisting with remedying the remedy damage to the golf course. Robert Trent Jones II, owned by Robert Trent Jones Jr., was retained prior to the hurricane, Rabinoff said, to improve the course. Now the firm founded by Robert Trent Jones, who designed the club’s back nine, will lend their expertise to repairing the 18-hole course. The club lost 100 trees, but only three of them were in play, said Rabinoff, adding that club members have made significant contributions to storm relief efforts, especially to Five Towns Community Chest.