Hampton HabituesGood news gossip about our notable friends and neighbors.
We did it! We survived another U.S. Open with nary a scratch, though I think we could all have done without so many long drives.
Locals weren’t alone, literally, as they putted through “trade parade” traffic made a million times rougher during the Hamptons fifth outing as event host at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. It seems that every newspaper and magazine in the world reported on the hazards of our congestion situation, yet the crowds still kept coming. Credit is due to Southampton Town officials, however, for doing their best in keeping the flow going with only one major highway out here.
Avoiding the gridlock, but not the gossip, was golf superstar Tiger Woods, whose $20 million, 144-foot yacht “Privacy” was docked at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club for the duration of the tournament. Woods, who jokingly called the supersized luxury liner his “dinghy,” said he cruised his way in, after a quick stop at the Montauk Yacht Club, so he could berth closer to the action and not miss his tee times due to choked traffic. According to friends who live in the former unHampton, the spectacle of Tiger’s sea cruiser drew nearly as many rubberneckers as the competition.
Missed the links action? You can take a mulligan in 2026, when we’re slated to hold the next one.
Whilst on the subject of the game of kings, kudos to golf queen Ann Liguori, whose 20th annual namesake fundraising event held its most successful outing ever. Last month, the Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic raised more than $250,000, and significant awareness to boot, for cancer research and prevention.
Held at the Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, the sold-out tourney honored National Hockey League Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr. While goalie for the Edmonton Oilers, the avid golfer won five Stanley Cups. Impressive. Other worthy honorees at this year’s festivities included Daniel Kindbergh, Dennis Suskind and Jerry Williams. Good on ya, Ann, for all that you do in service to others!
Gotta give a round of applause also to our gal, Georgia Warner. The talented young lass was entrancing as a buxom fur bikini-wearing young Princess Pam Pam on the season opener on TV Land’s “Younger.” One of our very faves. Look for the actress soon on an upcoming episode of “The Deuce” on HBO.
Need more Hamptons-related television news? You’re in luck. The fourth season of “The Affair” is under way. Though it looks like some of the action has been moved to Morro Bay in California, we can still expect to see plenty of our beloved Montauk as the Golden Globe-winning series introduces “new lives, new relationships, same mistakes,” according to Showtime.
“Every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them each to decide if they’re ready and willing to leave the past behind for good,” says a release about this season, which is all “about new beginnings, tragic ends and the ever-elusive possibility of forgiveness.”
As for another Showtime hit based out east, “Billions” just closed its third season. No word yet on when the next will air, though fans of the Andrew Ross Sorkin-co-created drama are anxiously waiting after a sizzling “Crash of the Titans” finale. We’ll let you know the scoop when we find out.
Then there’s Bravo’s guilty pleasure “Summer House,” which has been filming in Water Mill, to the great consternation of neighbors. That series’ third season is expected to premiere early next year with more youthful cavorting, boozing, bussing and reality show bombshells.
And speaking of the youth market, we hear that Social House’s new single pays homage to the luxe lifestyle, at least as the kids today might see it. It’s called “Magic in the Hamptons” and it also features a person who goes by the name “Lil Yachty.” I doubt this catchy single will get much play with our (ahem, slightly less youthful) demographic but apparently it’s slated to be a smash hit.
Lastly, sending peace and love out into the universe for the souls of a few friends and bright lights who are no longer with us in the physical world. Rest in peace Joe Pintauro, Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. You will all be missed by those who knew you and have loved you, as well as by countless others whose lives you’ve made just a little bit better by being on this planet.