Saratoga County

Appraisal firm hired by Clifton Park to put price on golf course

The Town Board has hired an appraisal firm to come up with a cost estimate for the Clifton Knolls

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The Town Board has hired an appraisal firm to come up with a cost estimate for the Clifton Knolls Executive Golf Course on Barney Road.

The town is interested in buying the course, if the price is right, and running the 40-acre, par-3 course as a town recreation facility, according to town Supervisor Philip Barrett.

The board last week agreed to pay $1,900 for Upstate Appraisal Service on Route 9 in Clifton Park to perform the appraisal over the next few weeks. The appraisal company is operated by local businessman Neil Cherkosly.

Peter Murray, who owns the course with his father-in-law, Robert Phillips, said Wednesday that he is pleased the town is interested in the executive course. He said he and Phillips are allowing the town to take the steps it needs to consider purchasing the course before placing it on the open market.

The course is described as an executive course and not a so-called “pitch-and-put” golf course. Murray said two of the course’s nine holes are par 4 holes and several of the holes have distances of 200 yards and 150 yards.

Barrett said that if the town can reach a structured settlement agreeable to all parties then the town would consider continuing to operate it as a golf course.

“There are no other courses like it in the area,” Barrett said. He said it wouldn’t compete in any way with the private sector.

The town engineer has also been asked to check out the golf course assets, including the watering systems, the grass-cutting machines and course maintenance equipment.

Barrett said the town would consider making some improvements to the course and then market the facility on the town website.

The Town Board sought requests for proposals from several appraisal firms. The Upstate Appraisal Services quote was the lowest, according to town officials.

“We would market it and grow the business,” Barrett said about what the town would do with the course. He said the course would also be an excellent asset for the town recreation program.

He said the course is currently popular with young people and senior citizens.

“It’s not a pitch and putt. You have to use several golf clubs” when you play the course, Barrett said.

“But all that is premature until we can negotiate a structured agreement,” Barrett said.

Neither Barrett nor owner Murray would say what they thought the golf course might be worth.

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