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August 9, 2012

Canyon West golf course, surrounding ranch, to sell at auction

WEATHERFORD — Canyon West Golf Club and the surrounding ranch will be sold at an auction Sept. 27, according to owners Wes and Stan Mickle.

Canyon West Golf Club and Mickle’s Valley View Ranch owners plan to sell the facilities and land associated with both businesses. McLemore Auction Company, of Nashville, Tenn., will manage the sale in partnership with Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, of Columbia City, Ind.

The two properties, which are adjacent, total approximately 506 acres and will sell in 28 tracts, according to a press release from the golf club. All will sell at absolute auction, with no minimum bid or reserve. The golf course will sell as a single tract, with the rest of the land divided into 27 tracts.

The ranch will sell in tracts in order to allow the largest possible number of bidders to participate, according to Will McLemore, president of McLemore Auction.

“Out of the total of 505 acres, 309 acres are part of the ranch, which has excellent stables, paddocks and other equine facilities,” said McLemore. “Most other tracts are beautiful rolling pastures and scenic land. There are six tracts fronting on I-20, for example, that I expect will be of interest to some who are interested in commercial development along the highway,” said McLemore.

“Nobody knows what the future will hold for the golf club or the ranch,” said Wes Mickle, who built the course in the 1990s along with son Stan after the two made a decision to phase out active ranch operations.

“Breeding fine horses had been a longtime passion I shared with my wife, and when she died in 1994, it simply lost its appeal for me,” said Mickle, who had moved the family to Weatherford in 1974 after building the successful ranching operation in Arizona.

Canyon West Golf Club opened in 1997.

Individuals interested in additional information about the auction may call McLemore at 615-517-7675, or visit

More information on the sale will be in the Friday issue of the Weatherford Democrat.

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