"This is a great day in the history of our village club, and yes, of our village, because this club is such an important part of the village," said Sands Point Mayor Leonard Wurzel at the opening of the additional new nine holes at the Village Club of Sands Point Golf Course (formerly known as the IBM Country Club). Continuing, he noted, "It was five and a half years ago that we became owners of this magnificent property. While enjoying what was already here, we redecorated the mansion dining rooms, built more beautiful tennis courts, a modern playground, a great swimming pool overlooking the harbor and are now opening nine new golf holes, designed by Tom Doak...and it's rumored to be among the finest on Long Island." The mayor added, that the club is already working on refurbishing the old nine holes so that hopefully by next summer, the club will have its 18-hole golf course in full operation.
"All of this did not just happen," Mayor Wurzel said. "It took a lot of hard work and thinking by many of us." The mayor then explained, "It began with the search for the architect, obtaining the financing which included a bond issue and the sale of land given to us by Governor Harriman many years ago. Then review of designs, many community meetings, recommendations of golfers and other residents, and our important Residents' Club Commission, and then involvement by our professional staff and the board of trustees of the village."
The Mmyor thanked the new club manager Ed Ronan, and his predecessor Carlos Duarte, who devoted four years in the developmental stages of the club. He also thanked Phil Anderson, the club's ground superintendent, whose vast experience includes organic ground treatment.
The golf staff, including Nick, Bill, Carl, Brian and others, headed up by Pam Cunningham were also thanked for their hard work in accomplishing the expansion of the golf course.
Noting the important role that their committee played in planning and policy making, the mayor expressed appreciation to the members of the Residents' Club Commission. "Since the beginning, 17 different people have been involved in the commission," the Mayor pointed out. "Bob Behrens, as first chairman, did a yeoman's job in getting us started. In the last few years, Fred Jaroslow, as chair, and Sandy Cardiello, as deputy, have carried on the tremendous responsibility for the actual construction."
For the actual construction, the commission created a club development committee, said the mayor. He spoke highly of the efforts of those residents who comprised the committee. They were Norman Schefer, Bill Schmergel, Marc Silbert and Marie Jacaruso. The mayor said that their work included overseeing the day -to-day work on the course, which included planning, letting of contracts and authorizing payments.
And last but not least, he expressed his appreciation to the members of the board of trustees, Kay Ullman, Ed Adler, Dick Scheyer and Eugene Luntey.
In addition to thanking those involved in the process, the mayor also commented on the village's effort to retain the architectural integrity of the old buildings from the original Guggenheim mansion that will house the new pro shop and clubhouse. He informed those who attended the opening that the village's desire was to keep the landmark character of these structures under the guidelines of the village's Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission and also those of the New York State Preservation Bureau that has been involved with the project.. (The state bureau's involvement is required because Indian artifacts were located on the property.)
The members of the club can now look fore-ward to their newly expanded golf course.