In January this year, it was not sure who will be the owners of the 109-year-old Woodmere Club. Now we know that Troon has been selected to manage The Woodmere Club, a private club in Woodmere, New York. All this happens, after the Weiss Group (Robert Weiss) and 2020 Acquisitions (Efrem Gerszberg) have paid all of the club’s debt.
According to my sources, Cushman & Wakefield brokered the deal. The new owners are positioning the Woodmere Club as a Class A private club.
Weiss and Gerszberg are offering an aggressive new membership program at a remarkably low rate, given the club’s prominence and Long Island location.
The first 30 members to join as per the new program will pay $11,500 in annual dues, which provides access to all club facilities for the primary member. A spouse and dependents may be added for an additional $1,000.
I don’t think it is the boldest approach for a Class A private club to attract new members. Why don’t they talk about the scope and quality of services what a member can get for his money? They should also give a hint what kind of people are the current members.
Some interesting facts from the history of the Woodmere Club:
- The Woodmere Club was founded in 1908 as a tennis club, and at a different site in the Village of Woodsburgh.
- Woodmere’s beautiful colonial clubhouse was built as a home in 1908 and later remodeled to be the golf clubhouse.
- In 1949, Robert Trent Jones Sr. was commissioned to build an entirely new back nine. (James R. Hansen does not mention this work of Robert Trent Jones in his book (Difficult Par).)
- In 1986 and 1987, bunkers were remodeled by golf course architect Brian Silva.
- After Hurricanes Irene and Sandy passed through in 2011 and 2012 respectively, the 4th and 10th holes were redesigned by Mike Nuzzo.