THE MILL RIVER CLUB HISTORY

WELCOME TO THE MILL RIVER CLUB, a private members only country club located on Long Islands Gold Coast.

Founded in 1963, Mill River began as the dream of attorney William S. Roach, a Nebraska born Irish-American and WWII pilot. Roach organized a core group of nine Long Island golfers to join in backing him and committing financial support for what would become an extraordinary new private golf club with a core commitment to maintaining a non-sectarian membership. In picturesque Upper Brookville on the North Shore of Long Island, Roach acquired “Appledore”, an estate of 126 acres, that included a 47 room Tudor mansion, a stable for fine horses, a pool, and tennis on both an outdoor court, and under the glass-roofed, ivy-walled indoor court. It was the home of the late Henry Davison, partner in Morgan Guaranty Trust, and wife Eleanor, the daughter of Sir Ashley Sparks, head of the Cunard Line. Design of the picturesque golf course was awarded to course architect, Gerald Roby, whose career included years of working alongside famed golf course architect, William Mitchell. Appledore provided Roby a blank canvas from which to develop two very distinct front and back nine hole courses.  The front nine would incorporate the more pastoral setting of meadows, undulating terrain, and the infinite variety of apple orchards. While the back nine was filled with specimen trees, and challenging hills. Both would set the scene for an exceptional golf experience. Eventually, Mill River would go on to hired its first Golf Professional PGA Champion, Jim Turnesa. The impressive mansion would become the clubhouse and over time, major construction brought about the dining room, grills, patios, locker rooms and elegant facilities all the while preserving the original charm of Appledore mansion. The fine golf tennis and pool facilities and amenities in and of themselves make Mill River an exceptional club. However, what sets Mill River apart from other clubs in the region is its membership. The Mill River philosophy and elegance has attracted a unique mix of very special, successful people. Successive Boards of Governors and the membership at large have remained committed to the clubs original charter and principles of a diverse membership which recognize the benefits of a modern refined club by encouraging gender neutrality and development of its younger generation. Much of Mill Rivers success can be attributed to the young founding families who included children within the creation of its diverse atmosphere. By encouraging a child-friendly participation, Mill River has thrived over the years with a unique family atmosphere. Generations of younger members enjoy the junior development and summer camp programs all designed to cater to our youngest golf and tennis enthusiasts. Just as it has over the past 50 years, The Mill River Club has remained true to its past, and unwavering in its commitment to providing its private membership an enlightened, diverse and an extraordinary Country Club experience.

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