The Summit opens golf course with Saturday ribbon-cutting

Golfers in Westchester and the encompassing region have a new 6,700-yard, par 71 golfing course to take pleasure in.

The Summit Club at Armonk on Bedford Road, Route 22, was created from the previous Brynwood Golf & Place Club class.

Golfers at the newly renovated program.

The Summit marked the formal grand opening of its newly renovated golf training course with a ribbon-chopping at noon on Saturday, adopted by an afternoon of golfing by dozens of enthusiasts.

Temporary amenities are in put to deliver the clubhouse solutions that golfers expect. The program renovations are component of a plan that consists of a new clubhouse, extensive leisure and conditioning amenities and 73 condominium models.

In September 2017, the North Castle’s organizing board accepted modifying the former Brynwood site to produce a 130-acre golf system and a 26-acre residential parcel. In January 2019, the North Castle Town Board amended the zoning code to allow for condominiums on the website.

At the grand opening, Jeffrey B. Mendell, a managing partner of The Summit Club at Armonk, informed the Business Journal: “We’re doing the job our way by way of the ultimate approvals now with the Planning Board and the City Board. I consider we’ll be beneath construction future spring and it will get about five yrs to build it out totally.”

The Summit brought in golfing course architect Rees Jones to deal with the study course renovation. Jones, who has developed a lot more than 230 golf courses, is regarded in the trade as “The Open Doctor” mainly because of his get the job done redesigning classes for use in staging main situations — which include seven U.S. Open up programs and nine PGA championship programs along with six Ryder Cup and two Walker Cup web-sites.

Mendell stated that The Summit has a a little distinct working philosophy than some other golf equipment.

“We’re going to be a minor bit friendlier, a tiny far more enjoyment and (supply) a small additional of a everyday, comfortable ambiance,” Mendell mentioned.

He noted that the golf marketplace has completed greater in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic than some other sectors. He stated The Summit Club at Armonk has been attracting customers from Westchester, Fairfield, New York Metropolis and other close by areas.

“Most golf equipment nowadays are full, several with a waiting record. Many are raising their rates,” Mendell claimed. “Golf has proven to be the fantastic pandemic sport since you’re exterior and you’re absent from men and women.”

Mendell, who has been associated in actual estate development, development and banking for about 30 a long time, said that he experienced his eye on the Brynwood assets for a long time and had a vision from the starting to seek out a rezoning so that residences could be created.

“It’s a extremely awesome way of living. It’s effective in several other sites in the United States — Florida, Texas, Arizona, California,” he stated about residing in a golfing program home. “(At) most of the golf equipment in Westchester, you have excellent golf amenities and attractive old clubhouses and definitely great golf programs but they don’t have residences. So you can not live at your country club, with scarce exceptions.

“It was my eyesight from the pretty beginning to create a residential state club neighborhood and do it at a truly good stage,” he continued. “There will be 6 structures with 12 or 13 models in a developing. Each individual condominium will have what I simply call the ‘ocean view’ on the lookout around the golfing training course with wonderful sunsets. Models will be substantial so that when you move out of your household in the area you really do not feel like you are downsizing and transferring into a small two-bedroom apartment. You can downsize but upscale your life style.”

Summit’s other controlling spouse, Christopher Schiavone, informed the Company Journal: “We’re going to be far more reasonably priced than nearly any other non-public club in the Westchester sector and I imagine there’s a authentic demand from customers for what we’re going to be providing. Factors have improved in this field and Covid has been a person of the reasons. But you have a ton of young people, a good deal of households reassessing how they should really commit their leisure time and a large amount of them are picking the state club way of living.”

Schiavone said that a lot of people today are searching for regional leisure actions somewhat than dealing with issues involved in vacation travel.

“When you believe about finding to an airport and rental autos and resort rooms and all the items that folks have grow to be anxious about vis-a-vis health and fitness and hygiene … individuals are likely to say, ‘Hey, for the value of a relatives holiday to Disney Globe I can pretty a great deal pay for a whole calendar year of leisure time at a nation club the place there are so several issues to do and it’s healthy and pleasurable and safe,” Schiavone reported.

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