In the early years, the vast lawn east of the Clubhouse was used for a variety of social and athletic activities, including baseball, badminton, croquet, skeet shooting, ice skating, 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 has also served as the site for large Member gatherings, including fireworks on the Fourth of July, cookouts on the beach, and county fairs with homemade pies. Although the Club acquired land west of Sheridan Road, it was not initially, by itself, large enough to build an eighteen-hole golf course. Accordingly, the property to the south and west was leased (and later purchased) from the Brand Family, thereby enabling the development of the golf course.