Nick Stoner gets new maintenance equipment

CAROGA LAKE — For 91 years, the Nick Stoner Golf Course has been a popular venue for visitors to the area as well as local residents.

Noted for its challenging layout and spectacular views, the venerable 18-hole course will take its grooming to the next level.

The Town of Caroga recently replaced three outdated golf course mowers with new equipment including a Toro Reel Master 3550-D fairway mower acquired with New York State contract pricing from Grassland Equipment and Irrigation of Latham.

Course superintendent and pro Steve Jennings said, “This machine has dramatically reduced the time previously needed to maintain the fairways on the Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course. And, time in the business of golf is money.”

Tor Shekerjian, Confidential Secretary to the Town of Caroga and Supervisor Scott Horton put together a Town Board approved low-cost leasing program for the Town and managed delivery of this equipment. The lease will be paid off in five years, long before this mower would need to be removed from service.

Shekerjian auctioned off the three outdated golf course mowers, from which the winning bids will bring additional revenue to the Town’s general fund.

The course opened for the season last week with restrictions and guidelines enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Paul Wager

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