| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff


June of 2018 marks seven years since ClubCorp, "The world leader of Private Country Clubs," purchased the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, N.Y. and immediately began a multi-million dollar renovation, including improvements to the clubhouse, golf course, fitness center, pool area and tennis courts. Renovations to the Club's bar, dining area and new patio are almost complete, and the new beautiful Empire Grille will opening under a new Executive Chef, Wells Brauner, offering an upscale, cutting-edge menu in an inspired atmosphere. ClubCorp's refreshing philosophy of what the modern Country Club looks like, is drawing attention from Manhattan to Montauk.

The Hamlet's tennis history is a rich one. For years, The Hamlet hosted the prestigious Hamlet Cup Tennis Tournament, the 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 its 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, 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. At the end of last year, Pickle Ball was added to the list of fun and exciting things to do at The Hamlet’s tennis center.


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 9. The Long Island Executive Cup, which debuted last year, where the best Suffolk County Boys High School Tennis Team will face off with the best Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Team, returns. Other events scheduled include the Boys High School Tennis "Play for Autism" and 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. 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. The Hamlet also caters to 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 by calling (631) 499-5200 or e-mail Hillary.Epstein@ClubCorp.com.