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The Carvel Property Development will feature a premier eighteen-hole golf course, driving range, and clubhouse located at the center of the community along Lake Carvel. The course is designed by Landmark Land Company, a family company that has developed dozens of high-end golf courses and resorts, many of which have hosted PGA Championships and other elite events.
The course at Carvel will incorporate and enhance the existing natural features, highlight the various types of ecosystems found on the site, and provide golfers with an experience that is unique to the Hudson Valley region. Golf holes are designed to play through open meadows, hardwood forests, and along protected wetlands. Multiple tees at each hole will provide an opportunity for players of differing skill levels to enjoy the course while challenging themselves. The golf course is designed not only for outstanding play and stunning vistas, but also to ensure the integrity of the surrounding environment. The course design will incorporate numerous conservation management practices and techniques including:
- Buffers around wetlands and other significant natural features;
- Recycling of treated wastewater to be used for irrigation;
- High efficiency and limited area irrigation;
- Use of native species and low water use plants;
- Biological soil management;
- Bioswales for collection and treatment of runoff;
- Integrated pest and wildlife management plan;
- Maintaining natural vegetation adjacent to play areas, which creates desirable ‘edge’ habitat for numerous species including song birds, owls, and mammals.
The new Course at Carvel will be a highly desirable golf destination and will generate increased property and sales tax revenues for the Towns of Pine Plains and Milan. The course and its associated clubhouse, pro shop and recreational facilities will generate significant local employment, including opportunities for golf pros, management and administrative positions, maintenance staff, caddies, and retail personnel.
The course will be a championship test for golfers of all skill levels, a boon to the local economy, and an environmental exhibit that exposes people to the natural beauty and various species and environments of the Hudson River Valley.