We’ve been assembling KOMG Women’s PGA Championship preview stories for weeks, and here’s another gem from our guy Pedro on the history of the magnificent former Biltmore Hotel.
By Peter D. Kramer
Walk into the massive, eight-story clubhouse at Westchester Country Club — host to this month’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — and you’re swept back in time, to 1922, when the ultra-exclusive Westchester-Biltmore Country Club opened.
You half expect to turn the corner and encounter Jay Gatsby, offering to meet you on the grass courts for a quick set, old sport.
The club began as a dream, a sportsman’s paradise where weary business titans could relax and have their every care attended to.
It boasted golf, tennis, polo, swimming and horseback riding on nearly 600 pristine acres, including a massive beach club on Manursing Island on Long Island Sound in Rye. Lest its members get an itch to be near a ticker, the club had its own stock exchange. Mechanics would fix members’ cars. A two-story kitchen would send meals to members rooms, or to their private homes on the grounds.