Go inside the gates

| 22 Feb 2012 | 01:47

    TUXEDO PARK - The Tuxedo Club was founded by Pierre Lorillard IV. Its facilities include an 18-hole golf course, lawn tennis, court tennis, racquets, squash, platform tennis, swimming, and boating. The tuxedo - the dapper men’s suit worn at many formal occasions - was introduced by Griswold Lorillard at the club’s first autumn ball in 1886. The original club house, designed by Bruce Price, was built in 1886 and demolished in 1927. John Russell Pope’s clubhouse was constructed on the original stone foundations the following year. The club house is a U-shaped, with stucco over wood frame with low hipped slate roof, stone embedded in stucco, leaded glass casements, and mullions forming crosettes in continuous fenestration. Located at the foot of Tuxedo Lake, it offers a view to the other end of lake and two ranges of wooded hills. A lawn extends between the club house and the lake. To the north of the club house is the court tennis and racquet house, also on West Lake Road. Designed by architects Warren and Wetmore, it was built between 1890 and 1900. Made of Bickley cement and supported by stone and brick arches in the basement, these courts became a model for future courts built in the United States. They have full galleries for spectators. The original glass roof with canvasses has been replaced with artificial light. The golf course does not sit near the main clubhouse facility. It is roughly five miles away just outside the gates of Tuxedo Park where the main club, tennis club and pool are located. The golf course is actually the third golf course of the club, as the first became the Blair estate and the second was overtaken by the New York State Thruway, forcing the move of the course to the new location near the Eagle Valley section of Tuxedo. The course existing today was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. it is an 18-hole championship course with demanding par-four holes from the back tees, short par-five and challenging par-three holes. Dave Carazo, PGA, is the current head professional at Tuxedo. The golf course at the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park A private, 18-hole regulation length course 71 par ; 6,693 yards; 136 slope 72.3 rating; Bent grass The current course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.