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Austrian Brings European Flair to Armonk Club

Austria and Armonk might seem far apart culturally as well as on the map, but Friedrich Eder says he has found a few similarities between the landscapes of his native country and his new home in Westchester.

“I lived in northern Austria by Vienna, where there were a lot of hills, rocks and pine trees,” said the general manager of Brynwood Golf & Country Club . “It’s very similar to here.”

Before coming to Armonk last January, Eder spent 30 years working at hotels and country clubs around the world. He moved to Brynwood because he was excited about its vision, which includes a plan to build over 100 luxury condominiums, a clubhouse and banquet facility and redesign its golf course.

“I have worked a lot with construction and opening new places from the ground up,” he said. “That’s where my passion is.”

Compared to other areas he has traveled, Eder said, Brynwood’s personality is unique. For one thing, it’s a lot younger: The average member is around 40. But the age range is broad — with older members who have been coming since it was called the Canyon Club, and a lot of children frequently spending time there with their parents.

“I spoke with a member last night who said, ‘We love Brynwood because the people around us keep us young,’” he said.

Eder clearly plans to watch the club grow and change over the next few years. He's currently shopping for a house in Armonk for his family, who will join him from Arizona this summer.

“I’m not looking to stay on a short-term basis. I want this to be where I retire.”

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