OnCore Golf Announces Proposed $30 Million Development

"It's certainly unique for Buffalo and anywhere else in the world."

Brendan Keany
September 20, 2019 - 1:26 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN) - Buffalo-based OnCore Golf announced a proposed development of a sports entertainment complex and full integrated hotel on Kelly Island along the Buffalo River.

The facility features a three-tiered driving range with radar and camera systems used in each hitting bay, which will provide gaming possibilities for those who aren't the most experienced of golfers. The gaming experience will have targets with distances from 50 yards to 170 yards, as well as back wall with targets that reach up to 250 yards.

For the avid golfers, the hitting bays will provide shot analysis, which includes swing/ball speed, distance, launch angle, etc. That information will be saved and become available for customers on mobile devices.

As part of the design, there will be 120-160 hotel rooms with a lot of dedicated space for banquets and meetings, and there will be numerous food and drink options throughout the facility, including a full-service bar at the hitting bays.

"I've been blessed to work on a few projects that have added a bit to this transformation we are all a part of - this one is by far the coolest," said Doug Swift, the president of Spot On Ventures. "Our architects, Core Architecture out of Washington D.C. has come up with a design that is spectacular, inspirational and a bit of a show-stopper. It's certainly unique for Buffalo and for anywhere else in the world for that matter."

Of course, there is the question of turning this vision into a reality, but Swift appears confident that the project won't get bogged down by the process.

"Early on, we selected the site and put that under contract, and we worked with the architects and engineers to make sure that it would fit," said Swift. "One of the next steps is talking with the city to sort of get a general idea about the compatibility of this use with where we're going, and we were given some encouragement and guidance there...then the planning continued and became a question of securing the funding, which has been done."

The $30 million project is expected to bring about 500 jobs when it opens in 2021.

Listen to the full press conference below:

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