State orders most golf courses to go cashless – The Daily Gazette

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Spa golf course could be heading for cashless transactions in the spring.

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

But the Saratoga Spa golf course, where play is on the rise, is concessionaire-operated, and golf courses under this type of management are not bound by the cashless policy and may continue to accept cash at their discretion, a state spokesman, Brian Approach, said this week.

No one responded to an email sent to the Saratoga Spring facility’s pro shop on Thursday. A message on the store’s answering machine indicated that e-mails were monitored during the winter break.

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

State golf courses that are not operated by a concessionaire require payment by debit, credit or gift card, Nearing said.

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

The cashless system is being reinstated this spring for efficiency reasons as many businesses have moved to debit/credit card only, a change that will allow staff to focus their time and resources on other operational issues classes, the spokesperson said.

The change should not lead to layoffs.

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

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