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Sep 16, 2016 4:58 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Golf Range Receives $6.5 Million Recreational Easement From Town

Will Hansen at the Southampton Golf Range on Friday afternoon with Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, town board member Julie Lofstad, his son Reid and town board member Stan Glinka. DANA SHAW
Sep 20, 2016 4:58 PM

Southampton Town has purchased a recreational easement—the first of its kind for the town—on the Southampton Golf Range, a private business on County Road 39.

The town bought the development rights for the entire 13-acre driving range property for $6.5 million using proceeds from the Community Preservation Fund. Under the agreement, the town will control the types of recreational activities allowed on the property, as well as the fees charged in order to ensure that prices remain affordable.

“It’s an affordable recreational opportunity for the entire community,” Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “Basically, what you see is what you’ll get. From now and into the future, this property will be available to the community—it will be open vista, it will be recreation, it will be a place where people can come and learn to play golf. It’s going to be something that will stay a part of the community.”

Under the restrictions of the easement, only the existing golf range, miniature golf facility, the seasonal ice skating rink and a future pedal kart track will be allowed to operate on the land. Eighty percent of the property will remain open space.

The County Road 39 attraction has been a part of the town since the early 1950s. The family of the current owner, Will Hansen, purchased the property, which was originally potato farmland, in 1957.

The town held a press conference at the golf range on Friday with Mr. Hansen, his wife, Julie, and son Reid, who teaches golf at the range, to finalize the purchase.

The CPF was established in 1999, and more than 4,000 acres of farmland and open space have been preserved, according to Mr. Schneiderman. However, the transaction marked the first time the town has acquired the recreational easement of a preexisting business. Traditionally, the town acquires the development rights to desired properties, such as farms, to ensure that they cannot be transformed into subdivisions or commercial developments.

Mr. Hansen said he has been working to sell the town his easement for eight years, and he sees this transaction as a testing ground for similar purchases in the future.

“I’ve been approached by King Kullen and car dealerships,” he said, referring to those who have expressed interest in the land on which his business operates. “It’s very tempting to take the money and run, but we decided to stay and keep it in the family. I think it’s a win-win for everybody—it keeps us together.”

Mr. Schneiderman, who is not a golfer himself, took a brief lesson from Reid Hansen at the range Friday before playing some miniature golf with Councilman Stan Glinka and Councilwoman Julie Lofstad after the announcement.

“This is the most fun I’ve had since I’ve been elected,” the supervisor joked after putting his ball underneath a giant prop duck on the course.

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O look, Jay's got his picture in the news again!

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 16, 16 9:03 PM
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Hey Jay, you know what "We" have to say.

Keep the vistas, to retain the people's sway...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 17, 16 12:17 AM
If Jay in any way thinks that buying some spot for the locals to whack golf balls around in any way justifies his attempted sellout of Tuckahoe Rd. where his buddy Bloomie whacks balls around, well, he's got another think coming.
By PQ1 (167), hampton bays on Sep 17, 16 7:43 AM
Glad to see Southampton doing this - though I wonder if Jay can see the irony..

Btw, 27east I appreciate you adding video content, but my god that is the worst video I've ever seen related to a "news" article. It looks like someone was trying to take undercover footage of the Supervisor hoping to get him in a "gotcha" moment
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Sep 17, 16 10:39 AM
They were.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 17, 16 5:41 PM
Eight years of work, wow. Jay's there for the picture. Wilbur has done a great job with his parents plan for the future and gone beyond that.
Go there in the winter and watch the great hockey games. Even the PD and FD games.
Well done Wilbur...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 17, 16 6:34 PM
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This is great and I applaud this preservation effort. Certainly beats another car dealership. But I don't agree with the quote: "Its an affordable recreational opportunity for the entire community". I hope that new pricing is put in place to reflect that, because I don't consider any of the current opportunities there "affordable". Third rate mini golf and driving range are way overpriced and the ice rink (while a nice addition) is too expensive without any decent family pricing.
By basic1 (12), Southampton on Sep 17, 16 7:56 PM
Location, location, location.
By Doug Penny (64), Hobe Sound, FL on Sep 17, 16 7:58 PM
Soon they will figure out the a way to preserve Shinnecock Golf club and use Cpf money to keep the vista.
By Obserever (40), Southnampton on Sep 18, 16 7:55 AM
Criminals...again, they don't know what to do with the CPF money. Buying bars, and using the money for pet projects. Then they are conning you into using it for septic systems. Criminal. Do away with the CPF.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 18, 16 6:46 PM
No money for a bypass for bloomy. Monet well spent. Do you guys really play that much mini golf, get real. Yes there are a lot of better mini golf places, I don't play them. See wilbur and ask for a up grade...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 18, 16 8:37 PM
hey pw herman...."Free" i don't know how old you are but there is nothing "free" especially from governmental programs. They will have rebates and incentives granted, but after you submit surveys, co's and applications, "free" may not be applicable.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 19, 16 7:39 AM
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No one is stopping you from upgrading now? Or is it that you just don't want to pony up now and wait for a subsidy. "I want to protect the environment only with other taxpayer money"
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 20, 16 7:50 AM
Glad to see all you guys have such a positive attitude. What a downer!
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Sep 20, 16 9:13 AM
Your post, pw, is (a) off-topic, because the piece under discussion is about the Southampton Golf Range, not remotely about Sandy Hollow, and (b) inappropriate, because toilet talk is really more of an elementary school thing. I admit the bar on 27east is low, but it's not that low. Grow up.
By southamptondems (8), southampton on Sep 21, 16 5:17 PM
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George, you switched usernames.

I hope you weren't attempting to make people think the Turkey Bridge and southamptondems are two different people....
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 28, 16 8:24 AM
Mistake. Happens about once a year, as you can see from the small number of posts (5) written by southampton dems, a subscriber name I use to read the full text of articles. No harm, no foul, but thanks for catching it and sorry for any confusion.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 1, 16 12:10 PM