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Next steps for the Nicklaus Olmsted Buffalo golf course in South Buffalo

Posted at 6:48 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 18:48:36-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A traditional like no other-- the Masters start Thursday and many golf courses in the area will begin to open.

Diamond Hawk Golf Course in Cheektowaga opened last Monday and Golf Course Operations Manager Fred Zillner said the course is in great shape for this time of year and the weekend was packed with golfers.

Today-- Attorney Kevin Gaughan owns 120 acres of land in South Buffalo near the Botanical Gardens on Hopkins Road and thought it would be a great place for a golf course. After five years of working on this project Gaughan and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy decided to team up to make the area a great spot for the community.

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Inc. is the conservancy and the Nicklaus Olmsted Buffalo is the company of the project-- both signed a memorandum to make a framework for how the project will continue in the future.

This partnership will spark studies and research to keep moving forward on the project, Gaughan adds. He says the test results could be in in the next three months but the City of Buffalo will still have to approve of the project before construction can begin.

The project will include a new golf course and restored Olmsted Arboretum (tree garden).