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Lockport golf course may buy land from Canal Corp.

LOCKPORT – The Town Board gave its blessing last week to the purchase of 15.67 acres of land on the south bank of the Erie Canal by the Lockport Town and Country Club.

However, club manager Rowland O’Malley said there is no certainty the deal will be made, because the state Canal Corp., which owns the vacant parcel, hasn’t set a price. An email released by town Councilman Mark C. Crocker from Dave Boshart of the Canal Corp. real property division said the corporation would have to auction the land because it is expected to be valued at more than $15,000, but since it is bordered on two sides by the golf course, Boshart doubted anyone else would bid.

O’Malley said the purchase is being contemplated in case the golf course is reconfigured someday. The parcel would be mowed regularly in the meantime. O’Malley said it’s big enough to accommodate two golf holes. The 310-member club’s current 18-hole course is about 6,500 yards long, and the club also has a 19th hole used to test grass seed and fertilizer.