Saratoga Springs

State orders most golf courses to go cashless

A golfer tees off on a par three hole at Saratoga Spa Park Golf Course.

A golfer tees off on a par three hole at Saratoga Spa Park Golf Course.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Spa Golf Course could be headed to cashless transactions in the spring.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced this week that its golf courses are reverting to a cashless system when play resumes this spring.

But Saratoga Spa Golf Course, where play is on an uptick, is run by a concessionaire, and golf courses under that type of management are not bound by the cashless policy, and can continue to accept cash at their discretion, a state spokesman, Brian Nearing, said this week.

No one responded to an email message to the Saratoga Spring’s facility’s pro shop Thursday. A message on the shop’s answering machine said email messages were being monitored during the winter hiatus.

The state says 51,873 rounds of golf were played at the Saratoga Spa Golf Course in 2020, and 56,610 rounds were played in 2021.

State golf courses that aren’t run by a concessionaire are requiring payment with debit, credit, or gift cards, Nearing said.

The park system went to a cashless system in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but after restrictions changed in 2021, the park system allowed cash for payment again, Nearing said.

The cashless system is being reinstituted this spring for reasons of efficiency, as many businesses have transitioned to debit/credit card only, a change that will allow staff to focus time and resources on other course operation issues, the spokesman said.

The change isn’t expected to result in any layoffs.

Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766. 

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