SALEM, Ohio (WYTV) – Salem landowner Ray Bricker bid $880,000 for the Salem Hills golf course Wednesday and will be the new owner of the course.
Bricker owns farmland connected to the golf course. The membership was stunned, disappointed that someone with interest in running a golf course didn’t buy the property and that a golf course open since the 1960s was in danger of closing and being turned into farmland.
The public golf course and restaurant closed on Dec. 21 for economic reasons, according to the Lisbon Morning Journal.
Rusty Kiko of Kiko Auction said the former owner of the course was retiring, and everything went to Bricker in the absolute auction.
Ron Birchack of Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course was outbid for the property.
“Disappointed it didn’t work in your favor? Nobody like losing right? It’ll all work out, it would’ve been great if we had got it for the right price, but hopefully it stays a golf course,” Birchack said.
Ray Bricker declined to talk about the purchase.
“As I heard right now, it’s not going to be a golf course. I’m not very happy with that,” Salem Hills member Alex Morechi said.
“I’ve been here for 26 years, spent a lot of hours here. It was a great golf course, great bunch of people,” member Jim Kress said.
And the last dollar may have been spent at Salem Hills for golf.
There’s a chance the buyer could work out some deal to let someone operate the golf course within the next 45 days before the sale is complete, but that doesn’t seem likely.