Frozen pipes cause major damage at municipal golf course club house

The clubhouse at the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course sustained extensive water damage due to frozen pipes which burst in the kitchen and drained down into the basement sometime last week.

At Monday’s golf commission meeting, Golf Professional Kevin Canale said toilets in both the men’s and women’s restrooms have been damaged. The kitchen floor and the floor under and around the bar were also saturated and will need to be replaced. Approximately three feet of water in the basement flooded the furnace and water heater. Canale added that department of health inspectors will be looking at the two walk-in coolers at the restaurant, one in the basement, an the other on the first floor, to see if the insulation has been compromised which would require them to be replaced as well.

The city has hired a contractor, Servicemaster, to stabilize the situation by pumping water out of the basement and raising the temperature of the club house using temporary heaters and a generator. The power was shut off temporarily as safety precaution due to the water.

How the pipes became frozen, and what the cost of the damage will be has not yet been determined. Canale said an insurance representative has been out to the building, but due to the severity, another higher-level representative will still need to assess the damage.


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One Response to Frozen pipes cause major damage at municipal golf course club house

  1. AvatarPam Ritter says:

    It’s time to sell the property to an experienced developer. The City has no business managing a restaurant/bar facility which are notorious for theft from the till, nor a golf course. I have been following the fiasco since I resigned as Chair of the Commission over 4 years ago and its gone from going in the right direction to a disaster.

    A new housing development within the property with a retention of 9 holes would be a win-win for the City. The homes would be taxed, the course, clubhouse and ancillary buildings would also be taxed. The City needs revenue more than appeasing a small percentage of the community who play golf.

    It’s time to let go…..