The home of Buffalo's newest 18?
Brownfield in Buffalo
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/6/12
On Tuesday, we told you about the City of Dallas' plan to turn a "brown-field" (landfill) into a new golf course development.

In Buffalo, after decades of discussion, the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation has hired Amherst-based Wendel Companies to examine whether a 201-acre landfill along the south Buffalo waterfront can be redeveloped into a course. The land is located east of the Buffalo Skyway (State Route 5) and south of Tifft Street.

Such a project would solve two problems:
  1. It would turn what is otherwise unusual land into usable (and much more attractive) landscape

  2. It would replace the 9-hole South Park Golf Course, which is shoehorned into the Buffalo Botanical Garden and contains trees and architecture that the general public cannot enjoy because of the presence of the golf course.
Garrett D. Gill, a second-generation golf architect based in River Falls, Wisconsin, has developed several brown-field sites into golf courses and knows the time-consuming planning and environmental issues that are typically involved. In Buffalo, Gill says, this project will have added significance:
"In this project, because of the historical context, working with the Olmsted Park Conservancy is critical. Frederick Law Olmsted is considered the father of American landscape architecture. His parks and city planning projects are legendary."
Unlike Dallas, where the Trinity Forest golf course plans could shut out the public most of the time, the South Buffalo project seems to solve more problems and seems to ensure better public access.

We look forward to following this project as it moves forward, hopefully to fruition.

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[ comments ]
Bryan K says:
Phoenix, AZ has a municipal course called Cave Creek that is located on the site of the old city landfill. It's a cool story, no doubt. Too bad the course is still kind of a dump.
jfurr says:
My regular driving range hang out is built over an old landfill. There are several pipes for gas release protruding up from the grounds (which make nice pretend fairway boundaries). There is another spookier pipe and usually a burning flame in a fenced in area behind the hitting grounds. During those times a constant whoosh sound of the burning flame, which I kind of like in the background. The driving range is great, well maintained real grass to hit from, nice quality clean balls, and targets. They scope the actual distances to the flags each day and post them so you know example the Blue flag is 134 yards, etc...
jcstoll says:
Granite Links in Quincy, MA is built on an old landfill. A great course, 27 holes, with incredible views of the Boston skyline. There's an old quarry, too - you have to tee off over it on one hole - it can be a bit intimidating, but it's pretty cool - when the water level is down a bit, an old car becomes visible.
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