Inside the Apple Ridge County Club this week, landscapers and construction workers milled about the scenic atrium where polo-clad golfers once dined and talked shop.
Dressed in camouflage-patterned caps and hardy sweatshirts, they listened intently as an auctioneer rattled off the sundry bits and pieces that kept the club going for nearly five decades. Thom Bishop, a manager at Bowling Green Golf Club of Morris County, looks at golf carts as bidders get a preview of the contents up for auction at the Apple Ridge Country Club.
“What you see is what you get,” the auctioneer, from Englewood Cliffs-based Caspert Auctioneers and Appraisers, repeated constantly as pictures of lawn equipment and tools flashed across a screen above him.
On Thursday, there were rolls of wire, weed wackers, walkie-talkies, nozzles and, of course, golf carts for up bid. An anvil went for $200 — a “good mother-in-law gift,” joked the auctioneer.
The Apple Ridge Country Club formally closed Dec. 31, and its 108 acres straddling Mahwah and Upper Saddle — one of the area’s last open spaces — will in time be the site of 78 single-family homes.