Wentworth By Sea considering Beach & Swim Club
Facility for members would include parking, pool, dining, locker rooms
As an added amenity for its membership, the Wentworth By The Sea Country Club is considering the possibility of an off-premises Beach & Swim Club.
Preliminary discussions are centering on a 2 1/2-acre site on the south corner of Route 1A and Wallis Road near Pirates Cove Beach. The concept is likely to include parking, a 25-meter pool, a dining area and locker rooms. The facility would provide an additional venue for team swim meets.
Once it is ready to make an application for a Beach & Swim Club, the Wentworth envisions a lengthy approval process that would require permits and approvals from various federal, state and local agencies. This process would take several months.
The Wentworth's Board of Governors and management have informed their membership of the proposal.
Rye has two beach clubs, the recently renovated Rye Beach Club, incorporated in 1925, located on Route 1A opposite Sea Road, and the six-year-old Surf Club of Rye at Pirates Cove Beach, diagonally across from the property the Wentworth is considering.
The Wentworth By The Sea Country Club is located in Rye on Rt 1B (Wentworth Road) near Little Harbor just before crossing the bridge to the Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel in New Castle.
The country club traces its history to 1895 and was one of the first 100 clubs in the country, according to the United States Golf Association (USGA). The course layout was designed by famed architects Donald Ross and Geoffrey Cornish in 1920. The modern clubhouse has a formal dining room, a grill room and "a Kids Club with a large screen TV," as described on the club's website at www.wentworthbytheseacc.com/
. Also referenced is the Indoor Sports Center, opened in 2003, that includes "four tennis courts, a fitness center and an indoor golf practice facility."
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