In the early years of the Club, the expansive East lawn was used for social events and athletic activities, including baseball, badminton, croquet, skeet shooting, and sleigh rides. Later, with the addition of tennis courts and a swimming pool, tennis, swimming, and platform diving were added to the mix. The lawn also served as the site for large Member gatherings, including the annual Fourth of July fireworks, cookouts on the beach, and county fairs with homemade pies. Although the Club acquired land west of Sheridan Road, it was not initially large enough to build an eighteen-hole golf course. As a result, the property to the south and west was leased (and later purchased) from the Brand Family, thereby enabling the development of the golf course.