Clubhouse destroyed in Camillus Country Club fire

Courtesy: Chief Douglas Groesbeck

The clubhouse and dozens of golf carts were destroyed in a fire at the Camillus Country Club, according to the Camillus Volunteer Fire Department.

Several area fire departments responded to the fire, which started early Wednesday morning before 3 am.

The fire is now out, but some fire crews are still there to watch out for hot spots.

Camillus Country Club owner Jivi Govender tells CNY Central's Brandon Roth that the fire destroyed the pro shop, the restaurant, bar, locker rooms and more than forty golf carts. He estimates the damage to be well over one million dollars and he says the fire couldn't have come at a worse time, since they are in the middle of the summer golf season. Despite the loss of the clubhouse he says the golf course will remain open. He also says he has already had offers from other golf courses to help.

â??To have this setback in the middle of our season is definitely going to hurt," Govender says.

The clubhouse has been a landmark in Camillus for decades. Camillus Fire Chief Doug Groesbeck says it's a loss that will be felt by the entire community.

"This is a sad day for the community of Camillus," Groesbeck says. "A lot of residents grew up playing golf here myself included so it's a sad day for the town."

Despite the loss of the clubhouse, Govender says the golf course will be back open just in time for the busy holiday weekend.

"We've got the July 4th weekend for us so we have to prepare for those golfers that have already made arrangements to here and golf."

There are no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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