“The Discovery Land Company, which is partnering with the development firm Stone Leaf Partners, has broken ground on the Silo Ridge golf course, but it is still awaiting final approvals before it can officially begin selling homes there. Discovery Land, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has also built a private racecar track in California with its own fleet of Porsche Caymans, a 585-acre gated community in the Bahamas, three projects in Hawaii and the El Dorado Golf and Beach Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, which has a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The company is also working its way through an approval process in the Hamptons, with plans to construct 108 homes on 594 acres in East Quogue and to redevelop the Dune Deck Beach Resort on exclusive Dune Road.
It plans to target New Yorkers in the market for a second home, as well as many members who already own at its other projects — some 30 percent of its members at the Yellowstone Club are from New York, and the bulk of its owners at its Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club in the Bahamas are also from the New York area, according to Discovery Land. It is also targeting families whose children attend one of the many boarding schools in the area, including the Millbrook School and, in Connecticut, the Hotchkiss School and the Kent School.
The development in Amenia, which will be designed by Hart Howerton, will be family focused. It will be centered around a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, with a spa, fitness center and lap pool, as well as a tennis center and farm-to-table dining. The spa will feature a nutritionist and doctor who can devise diet and exercise plans.
The children’s area will be focused on the so-called Red Barn, a clubhouse of sorts that will feature a juice bar, a family pool, a kids camp, game room and arts and crafts center, as well as an outdoor theater and lakeside pavilion. A field house will offer indoor facilities such as squash and basketball, as well as batting cages, fields and coaching services, and there will be shooting and archery ranges.
An equestrian center is also being built with a barn to house roughly 15 horses. Staff will be on hand to teach families how to fly fish. Members will have access to miles of mountain biking and horseback riding trails, as well as the ability to shoot sporting clays and hunt at the nearby Tamarack Preserve.”
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