ARMONK, N.Y. - How does Armonks Brynwood Golf & Country Club compare to similar facilities around the world? General manager Jack Hrad, who has worked everywhere from North Carolina to South Africa, says attention to family is what makes this club stand out against its competitors.
You may watch a kid learning to play golf one summer and then watch him grow up over the years. Thats definitely one of the rewards of the job, he said.
Brynwood is the kind of place where you and your children can build memories, adds Hrad. He feels it's a club where you can spend a summer day on the golf course, the kids can spend it at tennis camp and everyone comes together for dinner when the sun goes down.
Hrad is a 10-year veteran of Troon Golf, the company that now manages Brynwood. After an initial short-term tour last year, Troon asked that he stay on as its general manager.
I remember saying, I want to stay here after a few months, he said.
Before he came to Brynwood, Hrad was general manager of Pearl Valley Golf Estates in Cape Winelands, South Africa. He was on board when the South Africa Open was hosted there in 2008 and 2009. Hrad is now a resident of Ridgefield, Conn.
Hrad's commitment to the community is not just limited to summertime activities, though. When Armonk residents lost electricity during October's unexpected snowstorm, Brynwood's on-site generator lent itself to locals by offering them showers and a bit of warmth. It was also the site of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce's first-ever golf and networking event on Oct. 5.
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