environment. Another member in the same age group, is
Brian Feldman, a second generation member. His father,
Burt, has been a member for over 30 years.
“That’s what makes Lakewood such a special place,” noted
club COO David Pendy, who arrived at Lakewood two
years ago from a club in the Midwest. “We have a number
of multi-generational members who continue to share the history and love of the club with their family.”
Perhaps it’s the new events and excitement hat Pendy brought with him that has also attracted so many to the club. He instituted a blow-out Memorial Day event for families, as well as expanding the July 4th and Labor Day
celebrations. “We have over 700 attending our big club events,
with plenty of entertainment for the kids as well as the adults,
and the food, well just ask our members about how good that is!”
With two dining areas, a casual Grille – named for
Rees Jones, and Restaurant 59 – an adult cocktail and
dining venue - featuring some of the best steaks and
freshest seafood around, members have their pick of
some great dining options.
WHILE LAKEWOOD IS A MEMBER-OWNED
club, meaning that membership is by invitation only,
most new members come to the club through referrals from existing members. In fact, most have visited
the club as a guest either for dining, a round of golf,
tennis, or enjoining the pool or fitness area with a
Lakewood has not forgotten it’s youngest members,
as it recently revamped it’s summer camp, enabling
member’s children to invite friends to join them for
weeks of fun and adventure. Combine this with a wonderful swim team atmosphere and outstanding junior
golf and tennis programs; well, you can see, the fun at
the club never seems to end.
With over 650 members, Lakewood continues to
provide a broad range of events and activities to satisfy
such a large and diverse membership. However, with
strong Governance in place and by keeping an eye on
trends and the needs of both current members as well as
those looking to become members, the club is confident
it will remain a place for members to come to relax, for
entertainment, dining and recreation for years to come.
The par- 5 14th hole
Clubhouse view from the golf course
We were initially concerned that as a younger family we might not fit in well,
but we soon found out how wrong our view of Lakewood was.
The Har-Tru courts at Lakewood
JAMES HEALEY is a freelance journalist and golf historian in the Midwest.