KNOX TWP. — Course owner Mike Monastra sees potential everywhere he looks at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
He saw it five years ago when he bought place.
And he sees it now, as he’s ready to sell it.
“I’m 77 years old ... and tired,” he said.
The 18-hole layout just east of Alliance, which measures 6,294 yards from the back tees, will be sold by Kiko Auctions. The auction will be held at the course at noon April 7.
“We’re going to sell as a turnkey,” said auctioneer Russell T. Kiko, Jr.
That’s one bid for the whole thing. No pieces or parts. The sale includes the 117-acre property, business, liquor license, equipment and buildings. Right down to a plaque in the locker room that pays tribute to a former club member, who died in 2010: “Hugh ‘Red’ Lee provided a new home for thousands of lost golf balls.”
Monastra insisted it be that way.
He was Sleepy Hollow member years ago, long before he purchased it, so he has a soft spot for it.
“Our goal is to maintain a golf course,” he said, explaining the buyer will have to honor contracts in place for this year for multiple golf leagues and outings.
Monastra said that caveat ensures the 92-year-old Sleepy Hollow sees at least one more season.
After that? Obviously, the future is up to the buyer, but Monastra said it would be challenging to develop the property for houses or other uses — railroad tracks bisect the course, splitting the front and back nines.
Monastra, who also owned Canton’s Skyland Pines Golf Club at the time, purchased Sleepy Hollow from its members in 2014. Since then, he said he’s spent several hundred thousand dollars and plenty of sweat equity replacing the irrigation system and building a driving range.
“I wanted all of that done, so it’s ready to go for whoever comes in,” he said, adding that he’s also agreed to stay on for a while to assist whoever buys the place.
“Just let me cook at all (the outings) and play golf; that’s all I’d need,” he said with a laugh.
Sleep Hollow features paved cart paths from tee to green on every hole and a five-acre lake to feed the double-row irrigation system, which waters the fairways and rough.
The club also includes an unused second-floor grill room/banquet area. Monastra always believed it would be an ideal location for a restaurant in the future.
General Manager Mike Siefke said the course may not be overly long, but it can be tricky. “It’s a golf course where you’ve got to pay attention; it’s got a lot of character” he said.
Monastra said the toughest hole is the par-5, No. 6. From the tips it plays 530 yards. It features a small pond that juts into the fairway about 120 yards in front of the green.
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