In an office stacked with papers and decorated with photos, one image stands out above the desk of Wes Mickle at Canyon West Golf Club.
It’s a print that reads “Cherish Family” — and it embodies how Mickle feels.
For a large part of his adult life, Mickle’s son, Stan, has worked with his father at the golf club. Stan’s wife, Melissa, has acted as the trio’s spiritual compass, reminding them of scriptures and how to stay on the right path, Mickle said. The three Mickles are a tight-knit family.
And, together they are taking their next journey.
Canyon West Golf Club and the surrounding property, formerly owned by the Mickles, sold at auction for almost $5 million on Thursday, Sept. 27.
An area business owner was the high bidder on the 191-acre golf club and, Mickle said, intends to keep it operational.
Mickle said that he, his son and his son’s wife are continuing to run the golf club and will do so for a while longer. After the sale is finalized — in about 30 days — they’ll be training the new owner on how to operate the golf club.
The auction, which included more than 506 acres in 27 tracts, was expertly run by McLemore Auction Company in cooperation with Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, Mickle said. Six other bidders bought the other parcels of land around the golf course. The frontage road tracts — tracts 1 through 12, which border Interstate 20 — were bought by a local developer and associates. There’s only one house in that area and the 154 acres are otherwise undeveloped land, Mickle said.
Names of all the high bidders are being withheld pending the closings of the sales, but Mickle did say that he and his family were happy with the results.
“We’re very pleased with the people who bought the property because they’re all good people, all good neighbors,” he said.