Rockaway Hunting Club – One of the Oldest Country Clubs in the Nation Builds Its First Swimming Pool!
Formed in 1878 as a polo club, with the golf course added in 1900 designed by A.W. Tillinghast and Devereux Emmit restored by Gil Hanse, the historic Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence, Long Island, N.Y., with 27 tennis courts (20 grass) and its classic clubhouse, rates as one of the most unique in the nation.
For 146 years the club at its seaside location had water everywhere, but few places to swim. No longer! There is excitement in the air for a new pool project that will open next May adjacent to the tennis courts. As shown in these illustrations, Rockaway will soon have a full-service country club to show that it can change with the times.
This was not an easy task, as club tradition runs deep at Rockaway. But after a four-year effort by a dedicated leadership and great members on the Pool Design Committee, construction is now underway for the May grand opening. The large pool, pool deck, double-deck outdoor bar and dining areas are a perfect complement to the tennis complex, great golf course and main clubhouse facilities. The new family members are flocking to the club.
McMahon Group was privileged to be a part of the Rockaway team to make the project happen. President Ed Heaney, who has led the swimming pool project with other dedicated members, paid McMahon Group the ultimate compliment: “We could not have achieved our success without McMahon Group.” Thank you Ed.
*Credit to the original architects- facility JBD JGA / Lichten, master planning Rogers McCagg