Beer carts, ball washers, and thousands of range balls, along with a tractor, mowers and snack bar coolers and furniture, will be among the items included in the November 16 auction of the Canton, Ohio property, which has closed after 90 years in business.
The final round has been played, the last beer has been consumed and the end is near for Tam O’ Shanter Golf Course in Canton, Ohio, The Canton Repository reported.
Players still stuck in the “bargaining” stage of the classic five stages of grief will get another opportunity on November 16th to visit the iconic 36-hole course, which closed earlier in November after 90 years in business, The Repository reported.
Kiko Auctions will host “calling hours” of sorts at 10 a.m. on the 16th, at which time an auction of all the “stuff” that’s not attached at the course will be conducted, The Dispatch reported. Kiko has labeled the sale a “complete equipment and facilities liquidation,” where anything may turn up. About the only things not to be auctioned are the buildings, The Repository reported.
“When we started talking to Kiko, they recommended we keep all the good items until the auction,” explained course President Chuck Bennell. “So we’ve got a lot of really good stuff.”
That “stuff,” The Repository reported, will include a pair of fully-equipped beer carts, a pile of ball-washers and about 15,000 range balls, in addition to a Ford tractor, Toro mowers and a Chevy Silverado pickup truck that has been coddled by course mechanic Jeff Casto over the years.
Additional items to be bid on will include snack bar coolers, bar stools, tables and chairs, flat-screen TVs and patio benches, The Repository reported. Even 1,000 feet of two-rail white vinyl fence from the edge of the course, along with netting and utility poles that protected nearby businesses from wayward shots, will be put up for sale.
“We’ve [also] had guys call to [ask], ‘Do you want to sell the sod off the putting greens?’ ” Bennell told The Repository. But the answer to that question, so far, is probably “No.”
The nearly 300 acres that were the Hills and Dales courses of Tam-O-Shanter is being sold, The Repository reported, and the bulk of the land—225 acres—is being purchased by Stark Parks, with 205 acres to become passive park land, and 20 acres to go to Jackson Township, Ohio for soccer fields. Commercial development is planned on 62 acres, The Repository reported.
Eric Snodgrass, Tam-O-Shanter’s Course Superintendent, told The Repository that tee signs, as well as photos and drawings that hung inside the clubhouse already were sold in a silent auction in the past two months.
Many of the items to be sold have been moved to a maintenance building near the clubhouse and to the old barn on the northern edge of the property, according to The Repository report.
They include: Bags full of lost and unclaimed wedges, putters and drivers; a “frost delay” sign that sometimes greeted those with the first tee times of the day in early spring; barrels full of sand-trap rakes; a stack of trash cans; rows of shovels, and boxes of hand tools.
To see photos included with The Repository’s report, go to https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181113/beer-carts-15000-golf-balls-mowers-and-more-closed-historic-canton-area-tam-oshanter-golf-course-prepares-for-auction