Roger Ferris + Partners
The Bridge, which opened in 2002 and is one of the newest clubs in the Hamptons, has an initiation fee nearing $1.5 million. Yet it is anything but a hidebound, traditional club. Wearing jeans, cargo shorts or a cap turned backward is not only OK, it's encouraged, if that's how you want to express yourself. The glass-walled, modernistic clubhouse (pictured) looks like a turbine engine spun out of control. The most spectacular views of the Rees Jones course and Peconic Bay are not from the dining room but from the expansive locker rooms, because that's where members hang out most.
Best in State: Ranked Top 20 in New York from 2003-2009; Top 25 from 2011-2012 & since 2015; Top 30 from 2013-2014.
2023-'24 ranking: 18th.
Previous ranking: 21st.