Long Island hasn’t had a good celebrity whereabouts rumor since 1972, when Dan’s Papers reported that Howard Hughes fled Las Vegas to take up residence on the top floor of that seven-story building in the middle of Montauk. Now there's a new rumor -- that Tiger Woods has left the sunny, warm climes of his Isleworth, Fla., multimillion-dollar private home to lay low in a guest room at Oheka Castle in chilly, drizzly Huntington.
After several phone calls and e-mails Friday to the newsroom with tips from the public about Woods sightings at Oheka, a reporter headed over to Republic Airport and checked whether his plane could be spotted (negative). Then a sports reporter made some calls to his sources (again negative).
Oheka Castle, the French-style chateau painstakingly and authentically restored to its original beauty, partnered with adjacent Cold Spring Country Club earlier this year to allow Oheka guests to golf at the private club’s 18-hole golf course.
In a call to Oheka Castle, Nancy Martin, a director there, said, “No, he’s not staying here. But we received so many calls and there were so many people at our front gate that we actually had to send out a press release stating that he isn’t a guest here. We normally don’t comment on our guests, but since he wasn’t a guest, we made an exception.”
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