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The Bridge Golf Club Photos

the bridge golf club photos
the bridge golf club photos

And forget about blue blazers. At the Bridge backward ball caps, jeans and even tattoos or face piercings (typically on guests in the music business) attract no steely stares.

In short, the Bridge — despite $600,000 membership fees, which make it one of the most expensive clubs in the country — is an anti-country club of sorts. It is not just the first high-end club in America that dares to be hip but, seemingly, the first one that cares to be hip. Hipness, after all, is not a sensibility typically associated with the sort of middle-aged Gulfstream-flying plutocrat who can write a half-million-dollar-plus check to join a private club. To many a traditional mogul, joining a country club is a statement that he has arrived on the inside. Who would want to spend all that money to look like an outsider?

In the view of Mr. Rubin, a 52-year-old son of an appliance repairman, from Perth Amboy, N.J., the ideal Bridge member would be like himself: a proudly self-made man, young at heart, adventurous, who sets his style compass toward downtown Manhattan — and is, well, very rich.

“The words ‘country club’ make me nervous,” said Mr. Rubin, who left Wall Street in 2000, seemingly to sample from the entire right-hand side of the menu of midlife crisis fantasies: golf club owner, collector of art and vintage cars, Columbia grad student (he’s all-but-dissertation for a doctoral degree in architecture theory and history) and world-traveling 18-hole duffer. “I have felt unwelcome at some of the great clubs in the world,” Mr. Rubin said. He added, “I vowed no one would feel unwelcome at the Bridge.”

Roger Ferris of Roger Ferris & Partners in Westport, Conn., is the architect of the clubhouse and has been collaborating with Mr. Rubin on the look and personality of the club for a decade. Mr. Ferris said the sort of person who will feel most welcome at the Bridge is a new generation of Hamptonite. This generation tended to make its money on Wall Street during the freewheeling 1990’s or in the hedge fund or real estate explosions of recent years but lacks the pedigree or connections to join, say, the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the National Golf Links of America or the Maidstone Club on the South Fork (although several Bridge members hold memberships at multiple local clubs, Mr. Rubin said).