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Golfers at Amsterdam Muni ‘hopeful’ about future at course – The Recorder


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“It’s good as long as it happens,” longtime member Carol Thompson said. “I think they’re trying to do the right thing.”

Golfers were feeling “hopeful” while at the course on Monday for a welcome back event hosted by new concessionaire Megan Podrazik and Megabites Events. Attendees enjoyed free samples of the fare available at the course during regular hours and at catered events in the pavilion.

Compliments for the “delicious” bites were plentiful with most players welcoming the use of trailers to provide regular service at the course this season. Breakfast and hot coffee served alongside morning tee times are among the most craved menu items.

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John Wall recently enjoyed a tasty and “good-sized” chicken wrap from Megabites, but he would prefer to see the course pavilion used for food service instead of food trailers. He doesn’t feel they fit the aesthetic at the classic course designed by Robert Trent Jones.

Others supported the position of city officials that the pavilion is best suited for banquets and special events. Michael Demars, a recently retired city firefighter and husband of Deputy Mayor and 1st Ward Alderwoman Kelly Quist-Demars, indicated the temporary use of food trailers makes sense until a replacement for the former clubhouse is built.

“I’m excited about it. Megan is a hard worker, I’ve had the pleasure of eating there twice already, it’s been very good,” Demars said. “If the city really works hard to collaborate with her, I think it could be a good partnership.”

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New golf pro Joe Carville has received a welcome reception from golfers for his friendly demeanor and good reputation as the former pro at nearby Antlers Country Club in Fort Johnson.

“He’s got good ideas and we need fresh people,” said Sue Korchinsky, a member who worked alongside Carville at the course earlier Monday.

After years of “frustration” and “heartbreak,” golfers are pleased to see the city is in the process of filling the hole where the former clubhouse once stood with plans in development to initially replace the building with a three-season room as part of a phased approach. The concept is apparently up to par with members.

“One of the big draws was always the porch, the outdoor patio,” Lise Cappuccio said of the former clubhouse. “To recreate that, and even expand upon it, I think would be really positive, because even non-golfers loved to come here and have a drink and sit out and watch golfers.”

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The sale to Lance Orcutt and demolition of the water-damaged former clubhouse to make way for the construction of a modern facility that never came to fruition is still a “sore spot” amongst golfers. The city reacquired the land last fall and hired Saratoga Associates in February to design the three-season room tentatively planned for construction for the 2025 golf season.

“It’s talked about all the time. No doubt in my mind a lot more people would have come here to play golf had we had a nice clubhouse, even the old clubhouse,” Wall said.

Yet, Wall and other golfers are confident the city will move forward with the plans to replace the building. The conversion of the existing pro shop building into an indoor seating area with bathrooms so visitors can enjoy a meal or drinks in a temperature-controlled setting is seemingly amenable to players. The pro shop has been relocated into a corner of the pavilion.

The continued course maintenance and landscaping by BrightView in recent years has kept the grounds looking their best, golfers said. Several longtime members said the course still presents a challenge after years of play, and its views are among the most “beautiful” in the area.

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“There is no place like it,” Mary DeRose said.

Golfers are enthusiastic to be back at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course this season and they’re hopeful the steps being taken by the city will ensure it’s around for many seasons to come.

“I love our city and I love our golf course. I had the pleasure of working here as a teenager and couldn’t have asked for a better place to grow up and I hope the same environment is here for my children,” Demars said. “It’s a hidden gem in [the] Capital District and we love it. We’re rooting for it to succeed no matter what.”

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