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NEWS: Fire Damages Clubhouse At National Golf Links Of America

A fire at the National Golf Links clubhouse left extensive damage, but no serious injuries. (PHOTO: The Southampton Press/

The iconic clubhouse at National Golf Links of America caught fire on Wednesday. Located in Southampton, N.Y., in a golf-heavy section of the Hamptons on Long Island, the clubhouse opened in 1911 and houses many historical documents.

The fire, which was reported just after 11:30 a.m., appeared to start on the roof, was eventually contained in the building’s east wing and was fully extinguished by 2:30 p.m., The Southampton Press reported on its website, citing information provided by local police and fire officials.

The bulk of the building was not damaged, Southampton town supervisor Jay Schniederman told Newsday. But Southampton Fire Department spokesman Don King told multiple news outlets that a section of the east wing sustained significant damage.

Crews from six fire departments responded but the gates at the club were too narrow for fire trucks to enter the property, according to The Southampton Press report. To contain the fire, trucks pumped water out of nearby Bullhead Bay, and firefighters transported water up a hill through the gates, the report said.

King told Newsday that as many as 125 firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to the fire. Only a few minor injuries were reported, and none required medical attention, King told The Southampton Press.

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The golf course at National Golf Links was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, winner of the first U.S. Amateur Championship and considered the father of American golf architecture. Construction was overseen by Macdonald’s protégé, Seth Raynor, and the golf course opened for play in 1909. The first Walker Cup matches were held there in 1922 and the club hosted the matches again in 2013.  

National Golf Links is adjacent to Shinnecock Hills, site of the 2018 U.S. Open, and Sebonack Golf Club, which hosted the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.  



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