Instead of spending $4 million to fix up the Audubon Golf Course, Amherst should consider selling the facility and using the proceeds to build or improve a course located elsewhere, a town lawmaker said Monday.
Council Member William L. Kindel, who made the proposal during a board work session, says the 18-hole town-owned course on Maple Road is too valuable to remain as is.
There was little reaction from others during Kindel's presentation.
Audubon, which he describes as "antiquated," has no automated watering system and needs drainage work as well as a major rebuilding of nearly one-third of its holes. Estimates are the work will require a $4 million bond issue and could leave the course with four or five of its greens out of commission for months.
"We could use the money and build a better golf course somewhere else," Kindel said.
And once developed as commercial property, the Audubon land alone would generate as much as $234,000 in total town, school and county taxes, he said.
"If we put it up for sale, it would be gone in a heartbeat."