The Ohio State University used the Creston, Ohio property to teach turf grass maintenance for students and teachers in commercial, residential and recreational settings to learn how to plan, budget and care for all types of turf. Between aging infrastructure and rising maintenance costs, it became too costly to justify keeping it.
The Ohio State University has sold Hawk’s Nest golf course in Creston, Ohio to Gasser Brothers LLC for $2.5 million, The Wooster Daily Record reported. Three acres shy of 200, the course was appraised at $2.4 million and sold for $2.5 million to Aaron Gasser, Debra Gasser, Steven Gasser, and Jessica Gasser, according to Controlling Board documents.
The Gasser family owns nearby agricultural properties that include dairy production, The Daily Record reported. It’s unclear what their plans are for the land. Messages seeking comment were left with the Gasser family.
The golf course was gifted to OSU nearly 15 years ago by Earl and Betty Hawkins, The Daily Record reported. Then it was appraised at $2.6 million, according to the Hawk’s Nest website.
The university used the property to teach turf grass maintenance for students and teachers in commercial, residential and recreational settings to learn how to plan, budget and care for all types of turf, according to the OSU website, The Daily Record reported. It sits nearly 11 miles from the Wooster CFAES campus, placing it too far for students and faculty to commute on tight schedules, according to the 2021 CFAES masterplan.
Between aging infrastructure and rising maintenance costs, it became too costly to justify keeping it, The Daily Record reported in October.
The university also sold Grosjean Farm East to Mark and Brooke Imhoff for $750,000, The Daily Record reported. Both sales are part of its master plan to consolidate its holdings and reinvest in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Another 42 acres could soon change hands as OSU finalizes those sales, Associate Dean of Operations Graham Cochran told The Daily Record.
“This all goes back to our master plan, which will allow us to invest in our community,” Cochran said.
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