Engineers Country Club, located in the village of Roslyn Harbor. (Image courtesy of Google Maps)

ClubCorp, the largest owner and operator of private golf clubs in the country, said it would lead golf course operations at the Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor, and Nicklaus Design was hired to make “improvements and Changes “.

RXR Realty, which purchased the property in 2017, plans to develop 92 condos on 18 acres of the 140-acre country club. The real estate group bought the country club as an investment at a time when the club was on the verge of bankruptcy and invested around $ 5 million in maintenance, said Joseph Graziose, executive vice president of residential development. and the construction of RXR in 2019.

Regarding the partnership, Garziose said the partnership allows the real estate group to focus primarily on land use planning.

“We are thrilled with the vision and flexibility of ClubCorp to enter into this extraordinary partnership which allows us to focus on what we do best which is to continue to improve, own and develop real estate. surrounding this historic club, ”Graziose said in a statement.

“ClubCorp will manage all aspects of club operations with a commitment to raising the profile of the Engineers Country Club and providing club members with exceptional ClubLife lifestyle experiences both on and off its historic fairways. . “

The current development plans are a scaled-down version of what the real estate group originally wanted at the time of purchase. Graziose, in 2019, said RXR was planning to develop something similar to its six buildings and 230 Ritz-Carlton homes in North Hills. However, a village moratorium on housing estates at the time stopped these plans.

RXR also owns the Beacon Residences at Garvies Point in Glen Cove.

Graziose said the club, which hosted the second PGA Championship in 1919, will be better suited as a hybrid community to preserve the land.

“In order to have over 100 acres of open space still for 100 years known as the Engineers Country Club, something has to give and the gift is to put a residential community there,” Graziose said in 2019. “Otherwise, it just goes away.”

The club was incorporated in January 1917 by the Engineers Club in Manhattan when the WR Willet Manor estate was released. The plan for the 210 acres was to install two courses on the property, but original designer Herbert Strong dedicated 150 acres to the course.

A house was destroyed in a fire in 1919 and the stable was turned into the course clubhouse.

The club was redesigned in 1921 by golf course architect Devereaux Emmet, and the course was listed in Frank Mencke’s Sports Encyclopedia as one of the best in the country.