SCHENECTADY -- The Schenectady Municipal Golf Course is expected to open for the season next week, with course management targeting an April 12 or April 13 debut, weather permitting.
With the new season, the course will offer about 60 new riding carts, which will force golfers to chip in an extra dollar per round if they want to drive. Head PGA professional Matthew Daley spoke at Monday night’s City Council meeting about the new carts, as he explained the need for the fee increase, which the council will formally approve next week.
The course’s previous lease on riding carts expired at the end of last season, allowing management to sign a lease for newer carts. The Yamaha machines will be beige and come equipped with windshields, rain guards in the back to keep clubs dry, sand bottles and, most notably, GPS technology, Daley said.
The GPS system will provide golfers with a map and information on where their ball rests in relation to the hole and hazards. Schenectady will be one of the only public courses in the area with the technology, which is expected to be installed on the carts in May, Daley said.
The GPS devices will also allow course rangers to track players, which Daley said can address pace-of-play issues, locate a group if there’s a medical emergency or intervene if someone has taken a cart into a restricted area.
The new equipment comes at a cost, as golfers will now pay $9 for a riding cart for nine holes and $16 to have a cart for 18 holes. Each price is $1 more than last year's season, but the price is still on par with other area courses, Daley said.