A brand new, 45,000-square-foot temple of fun that includes bowling, mini golf, outdoor batting cages, arcade games, billiards and 36 big screen TVs is nearing completion near the East Hampton Airport in Wainscott.
The Clubhouse, which is scheduled to open in June, is the latest recreational facility from the owners of East Hampton Indoor Tennis. It includes 10 lanes of bowling, a full restaurant and bar, a circular outdoor bar and dining area with fire pits off to the side and an 18-hole, state-of-the-art mini golf course complete with a waterfall, four elevation changes and water features running throughout.
“The people who build the golf courses said that usually on an 18-hole course they have four really good holes,” said Scott Rubenstein, the managing partner of EHIT and The Clubhouse. “I said ‘How many good holes do you have?’ and they said ‘14.’ I said ‘I want all 14.’ The course is going to be challenging.”
East Hampton hasn’t had a bowling alley since 2013 when East Hampton Bowl shuttered its doors after 50 years in business. The Clubhouse will fill that need and serve as a host to the varsity boys and girls bowling teams at East Hampton High School. The one big difference from The Clubhouse and East Hampton Bowl is the new center has string pins, as opposed to ones that are set mechanically.
“We all grew up pressing the button, waiting for the lady at East Hampton Bowl, saying it’s not working,” said Rubenstein, adding that the mechanical system would have required two full-time mechanics on board and that string-pin systems are growing in popularity.
Near the indoor bar is an area covered in Astro turf with three bocce courts and space to play corn hole. There is also a huge projector that can be used for big sporting events like the Super Bowl or Kentucky Derby. The projector can also split into four screens for e-gaming, which has also grown in popularity. The arcade features 39 of the latest and greatest arcade games along with some pin-ball machines for nostalgia’s sake.
“We want to be connected to the community,” Rubenstein said. “This will be a destination. A lot of times you go out to lunch and it takes 45 minutes. You can come here for a few hours and it’s fun for the whole family.”