The Montauk Club Lives

The Montauk Racquet Club’s eight Har-Tru courts are open to the public seven days a week

   Kirk Edwards would like it to be known that the Montauk Racquet Club’s eight Har-Tru courts are open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 31.
   “For some reason,” said Edwards, who has put in stints at the Green Hollow Tennis Club and the Racquet Club of East Hampton in the past 26 years, “people think the Town of East Hampton closed the club permanently because it was losing money. We have been leasing it from the town for the past two years and pay it a percentage of our profits. It’s a little jewel, the courts are as good as any out here, and you don’t have to pay a $2,000 membership fee up front to play. The fee is $12 an hour — you can’t beat that.”
   While open to the public, “we’re running it as a tennis club, with a fully stocked pro shop, camps, clinics, and so forth. Mats Wilander, the former world’s number-one and eight-time Grand Slam champion, will give masters clinics here on Aug. 24, and we’re trying to get Reggie Gaines, a four-time Tony Award-winning actor who loves tennis, to spend a week here giving lessons in the early summer.”