The 90-plus-year-old, member-owned property in Hewlett Harbor, N.Y. would be the second located in Long Island’s Five Towns section to be sold in three years, after the 2017 sale of The Woodmere Club.
For the second time in roughly three years, another privately owned country club located in one of the villages that comprise the Five Towns section of Long Island, N.Y. has been put up for sale, LIHerald.com reported.
The Seawane Club, a nearly 91-year-old, member-owned propertyin the village of Hewlett Harbor, N.Y., is on the market, LIHerald.com reported.
“I’ve been in conversations with the leadership of the club for several months,” Hewlett Harbor Mayor Mark Weiss told LIHerald.com. “It’s no secret that they’ve been beset by the same problems other golf clubs have had. They engaged a firm and are dealing with it in a responsible manner, and they’re working with the club to maintain it as a country club.”
Another Five Towns club, The Woodmere (N.Y.) Club was sold in 2017 after several months of negotiations, LIHerald.com reported. The new owners selected Troon to manage the club (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/troon-manage-woodmere-club/), but there are still plans to turn the nearly 118-acre property into residential housing (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/residents-shocked-zoning-vote-woodmere-n-y-club/).
Hewlett Harbor officials are keeping a close watch on any possible sale of The Seawane Club, LIHarbor.com reported. “Village government and the club’s leadership interests perfectly align that it remain a golf club, and in meetings, that is what I’ve been told,” Mayor Weiss said. “They’re exploring various strategies and approaches that would work.”
Village officials said that based on the recreational rate set by Nassau County (N.Y.), the club paid just over $2,800 in taxes to the village in the fiscal year that ended last June, LIHarbor.com reported.
Cushman & Wakefield, the commercial real-estate services company headquartered in Chicago that brokered the Woodmere Club transaction, is reportedly involved in the possible sale of The Seawane Club, LIHarbor.com reported.
“Cushman & Wakefield was involved, but I’ve been advised that they are unable to offer any comment at this time,” Karen Ravensbergen, an assistant vice president of Caryl Communications Inc., the company that handles Cushman & Wakefield’s external communications, told LIHarbor.com
The Seawane Club traces its roots to 1914, when John Auerbach, then a prominent lawyer, purchased a majority of the land that became Hewlett Harbor and built a summer residence, according to village records. Thirteen years later, he established the Seawane Club on his estate, and his three-story Victorian home became the clubhouse, LIHarbor.com reported. Hewlett Harbor was incorporated as a village in 1925.
The club was named for the discovery of the remains of an Algonquin Indian chief when the Auerbach house was being built, LIHarbor.com reported. The chief was buried with copper beads the Algonquins called sewan.
Hewlett Harbor residents purchased the club in 1960, and turned it into an exclusive private, members-owned club, LIHarbor.com reported.
The Seawane Club has a 6,725-yard, 18-hole, par-72 golf course as part of its 120 acres, along with 10 tennis courts, a swimming pool, a bar, a restaurant, a grill room, men’s and women’s card and locker rooms, health club facilities with trainers, and a barbershop. In 2004, it was named the New York Sports Writers Association Golf Club of the Year.
“As a [Hewlett Harbor] trustee,” said Tom Cohen, who also serves as President of the Five Towns Kiwanis, “I’m hopeful that The Seawane Club will continue as it has in the past.”
Club officials had not returned a call requesting comment by press time, LIHarbor.com reported.