GLOVERSVILLE – The Micropolis Development Group has added the 1928 vintage, 68-acre, nine-hole Kingsboro Golf Club to its growing portfolio of local companies.
Tanyalynnette Grimes, the chief executive officer of Micropolis Development Group, said her company has taken over control of the golf course from its previous owner Global Properties, a corporation owned by Mohammed Khan.
She said Khan had not invested much in the golf course or its restaurant during the tenure of his ownership of the facility, so her company is hoping to improve the course and increase its membership from about 50 people to at least 150.
“We put significant work into the greens already, and there’s already a dramatic improvement in the quality of the greens,” she said. “It’s a great course, in that it has all the terrain in a single golf course — it’s got hills and long shots and short shots, and it’s got nice flat putting greens. It’s got some difficult holes. There’s a horseshoe shot. It’s a great everyday course because it really utilizes all of your different skills.”
The Kingsboro Golf Club, which boasts an impressive view of the Adirondack Mountains, has operated as a golf course for 93 straight seasons. The course rating is 35.0 and it has a slope rating of 113.
Grimes said the Micropolis Development Group has a purchase agreement with Khan that transitions control of the property to Micropolis, although there is not a conventional bank mortgage in play with the deal.
“Right now, we have the property and the only thing we’re not running is the bar in the restaurant, but we will as soon as we get our liquor license, we’ll have that as well,” she said. “They’re holding the mortgage. So, because of COVID-19 getting a business loan for a significant amount of money was impossible, [Khan is] the mortgage holder, instead of a bank giving us a commercial loan.”
Grimes would not disclose the purchase price for the golf course, but said it was more than the appraised value of the property at $250,000. She said she is hopeful the revenues generated by the business will pay off the total cost of acquiring it within one year.
Some of the immediate renovation plans at the location include moving the golfing operations back into the original pro-shop, which is in an original structure west of the main club house. Crews are also scheduled to begin work on creating a “Club on the Green” in the old pro shop building to serve drinks and snacks for golfers who don’t want to sit down at the newly redesigned on-premises restaurant.
The original clubhouse and existing “Double Eagle Restaurant and Bar” is being renamed “The Pines Restaurant and Event Center” and will feature a modern brunch menu with such items as lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes and french toast casserole with local breakfast meats and eggs.
“The restaurant will operate independent of the golf course, so we’ll have a lunch menu, we’ll have a traditional lunch menu, and then in the evening time it turns into a more upscale menu with vegan or vegetarian options, as well as a more upscale flavor palette,” she said.
The golf course is expected to employ four grounds crew members, two to three people in the pro shop and the restaurant is expected to employ five to 10 people.
Grimes said her plan is to more fully utilize the 68 acres of the property. “We intend to put in some cross-country trails,” she said. “And we want to have a Pride Festival that we’re doing on June 28, and we’re doing a parade for that. We have a Fourth of July barbecue festival planned — that will be a music festival and a barbecue competition that’s going on July 4th. Then going into the fall, we’re going to do a hot air balloon festival. When the winter hits, of course, we’ll put in the cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing trails. We’re going to put in a tubing park with a small tow line in it. We’re going to do drive-through holiday lights, and then into the restaurant and pro shop area we’ll have like a ‘snack shack’ with hot chocolates and pictures with Santa and maybe even a petting zoo for a reindeer. So, we really want to make it kind of a full-season, mini-resort right there.”
The new Kingsboro Golf Club has also retained the services of former Leader-Herald photographer Bill Trojan to act as “interim general manager,” with a particular focus on events at the property.
Grimes said she and her partner, Gloversville native Bradley Teetz, created the Micropolis Development Group as a for-profit “community development” company in 2019, largely using funds acquired during Grimes’ previous career.
“I had a very successful career in cybersecurity architecture,” she said. “I worked for a private company for a long time, and I have my own technology company [AGI Enterprises] that I started in 2009 … In 2019, when I moved back to New York, I retired as the CEO from my technology company and then took my life’s investment and really wanted to focus in on giving back to this community.”
So far this year, the Micropolis Development Group has opened two other businesses in downtown Gloversville: the AGORA Artist Vendor Market at 50 N. Main St., and The Apothecary by Essentially Simple at 34 N. Main St.
Grimes said her company leases space to those two businesses, and receives monthly fees and commissions per the sale of products.
“AGORA is an indoor artisan marketplace with twenty-two vender booths, and so these are vendors that make pottery and paintings and food items and handmade crafts and wood items, and this is a singular indoor space where somebody can walk in and have access to hundreds of locally produced artisan quality products,” she said. “At [the Apothecary by Essentially Simple] we have a bulk apothecary bar, where you can buy all natural cleaning fluids that are plant based, biodegradable. You can bring in your own products. We have bulk herbs that can be purchased. We have essential oils. We have bulk teas as well as artisan teas. We have soaps, lotions, gifts and special curated products.”
She said the Micropolis Development Group also intends to open a coffee shop and a high-end specialty fabric store in downtown Gloversville, but those projects have been delayed.
“The cost of lumber during COVID-19 dramatically altered our timeline for opening, as supplies and building construction materials became hard to find,” she said.
Grimes estimates she has put about $1 million of her own money into the different business “silos” that all operate under the Micropolis Development Group umbrella.