There are many sad and heartbreaking stories from the recent storm, Hurricane Sandy. However, it’s during crises that unlikely heroes emerge and hard work and determination have a chance to shine, which was the case for two of our Clubs on Long Island, N.Y.
When the news broke about the hurricane, the staff at Wind Watch Golf and Country Club in Hauppauge, N.Y., watched nervously as the storm grew larger and closer, bracing themselves for the unexpected and the worst.
The Club had two weddings scheduled for an upcoming weekend, November 2-3, 2012, and both wedding parties were becoming understandably frantic when the news showed that the storm was headed straight for the Club.
As predicted, Wind Watch lost power during the storm and although the staff were dealing with loss of power to their own personal homes, they were still able to keep up communication with the two wedding parties via their cell phones.
Nearby, in Commack, N.Y., the Hamlet Golf and Country Club had both power and Friday night open, so they offered to help host the wedding. The couple was extremely grateful, accepted the offer and luckily were able to contact all their guests in time for the wedding to go almost exactly as planned.
On a time crunch, Kim Hint, Wind Watch Private Events Director, went over to Hamlet to sit down and hatch a plan with their General Manager and Private Events Director.
They invited the bride and groom to tour the facility and, together with them, made plans to make the Hamlet wedding as identical to the originally-planned one as possible, with Wind Watch food, liquor and staff being transported to Hamlet.
The wedding went well and even although the vast majority of the guests were dealing with damage and power loss, almost the entire guest list was able to attend the wedding.
The second wedding was scheduled for Saturday, which was already booked at Hamlet. Kim Hint and the rest of the Wind Watch staff waited and watched nervously, hoping for power to be restored to the Club in time.
Which it did. Limited power was restored just in time to host Saturday’s wedding and, even with limited power, the staff were able to fulfill the entire menu and give the couple their perfect day amidst the chaos.
Thank you to the wonderful staff at both Wind Watch and Hamlet for keeping up with the ClubCorp tradition of always, even amidst a hurricane, providing magical moments and memories to both Members and non-Members alike.
It's been said that it's lucky to get married in the rain because a wet knot is harder to untie, so best of luck to the happy couples!