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Innovative golf development proposed for Buffalo

OnCore Golf Technology has announced details of a first-of-its-kind sports entertainment complex for Buffalo, New York.

The facility, which will incorporate a fully-integrated hotel, will cost an estimated $30m (£24m/€27.2m) and is expected to create between 400 and 500 jobs when it opens in 2021. The complex will be located on Kelly Island, along the Buffalo River near downtown Buffalo.

The facility is set to feature a three-tiered golf driving range with radar and camera systems in each hitting bay to enhance the gaming and learning experience for guests.

Other experiences such as augmented and mixed-reality initiatives are also planned. Around 120 hotel rooms will be situated above the hitting bays, along with a dedicated banquet, event and meeting space.

The hitting bays will provide analysis on club and ball data, with customers to be given the chance to record their swing and receive real-time instructional advice. The information will then be saved and available for guests to retrieve and review on mobile devices and on a cloud-based website.

An elevated game board with targets of distances from 50-170 yards will be featured, along with targets representing distances of up to 250 yards. Various food and beverage options will be available throughout the facility, with a full service to be offered at the hitting bays.

OnCore Buffalo is also exploring various additional sports entertainment options for the location, including year-round indoor surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, along with bays for simulated baseball, basketball, hockey and archery competitions.

The complex will be located near the Buffalo RiverWorks entertainment district, whose co-founder Doug Swift told The Buffalo News: “It’s a natural next step for the trajectory that Buffalo is on, and for where the Buffalo River is going. These kinds of projects are going to keep coming. It’s the wave of the future.”

He added: “This is being built and tested for the first time here in Buffalo, which is really exciting. This is a great environment to do that because of the extreme conditions that we have here. If we can build it here and make it work, we can make it work anywhere.”

Image: OnCore Buffalo