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Golfers voice concerns over plans for Audubon Golf Course

Posted at 12:18 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 16:09:41-05

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — From the golf course to council chambers, golfers voiced their concerns over the future of the Audubon Golf Course on Maple Road in Amherst Monday.

Earlier this month, Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa and President of Forest Lawn Cemetery Joseph Dispenza announced plans to change the course, proposing a first of its kind "Memory Gardens."

That was after Kulpa says the town learned of a "mass grave" near the 18th hole.

It's believed people who died at the almshouse near UB south campus were reburied where the golf course now stands.

The plan is to transfer the title of the land to Forest Lawn who would make the "memorial garden."

For the last five years Valley Golf has run the course and the owner, John Leising, says he's been in contact with the town and will support whatever decision is made.

As for this upcoming season, Audubon will reopen on April 15th and hole 18 will become a par 3.

The town is also proposing to organize a task force to continue discussions on the future of the course.