Despite his positivity, there are, of course, mixed emotions, Mickle said.
On the night of the auction, the family opted to have a celebratory dinner in Fort Worth rather that attend — though they did get updates throughout dinner about the progress of the auction, he said.
“A woman asked me yesterday, ‘Are you sad?’ and I said, ‘Well, no, because my son and I designed it. We built it. It’s always going to be our golf course,’” Mickle said.
The next steps for the family include meeting with the new property owners, transferring the golf club operations and, for Mickle, working to refine, manufacture and promote a futuristic-looking putter that he designed. It’s already received approval from the U.S. Golf Association.
They plan to maintain their homes in Weatherford, though Mickle admits that he and his son have always had an affinity for the beach, following a family trip to the Bahamas where they were able to eat fresh fish and lobster each night — so there may be some trips or future in that.
Until the beach calls again, there’s always golf — Mickle, his son and his three grandsons went out to play the day after the auction.
“I’m so proud of my son,” Mickle said, then, reflecting on all of his family and what they mean to each other, added, “I’m just blessed.”