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Town missed Normanside by $75k

Those public fees are a touch higher than many other public courses in the area, including at Capital Hills, the City of Albany's municipal course right across the river. The owners don't see that as a problem, though, saying the caliber of golf at Normanside will mean plenty of business.

"They won't have to worry about fighting the crowds and leagues. It will be a better value," said Dave Hostig, who is involved in the sale with his father, Joseph Sr., and grandfather, Joseph Sr.

Likewise, Flores said he expects business to boom at the banquet facility, not only from regular events coming back but from even more special occasion bookings.

"Our main goal is to go for a lot of outside weddings," said Flores, who makes nuptial events a business lynchpin at Mohawk River.

The clubhouse is already open for business and accepting engagements. A new website should be forthcoming.

The new owners said the transition process has been quite smooth and the course is in excellent condition. In fact, in recent years the country club replaced bunkers, built an irrigation system and upgraded storm drainage, all of which contributed to making the course turnkey ready.

The Normanside Country Club closed its doors in late January with just about 240 members on the rolls and $4 million in debt. Many of those members have already expressed interest in renewing their memberships under the new management, said Hostig, though it's too early to give numbers.

"There's been some strong support," he said. "A lot of members have already said 'we want to come back.' We expect a decent retention rate.""

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