Sportsman's Country Club did not sell at auction Friday — just the property it owned at 4001 NW 39 Expressway.
That was drastic enough for a club dating to 1949 that has generations of members. The club will go on with some 50,000 acres leased for hunting and fishing across the state, plus a bunkhouse and waterfowl hunting at Jet.
Reza Mazrouee had the successful bid of $2.2 million when auctioneer Louis Dakil banged his gavel to call an end to a three-minute, 30-second auction at his sale facility at 200 NW 114 not long after 10 a.m.
The auction of furnishings and contents — including 200 pieces of wildlife art — went on all day. The 700-some items fetched an additional $90,000, Dakil said.
The winning bid for the real estate was more than the club and observers expected. The acreage is a prime spot for development, surrounded by retail. Whatever is done with it, Oklahoma City planners won't have a direct say. The land is zoned for agricultural use but is not in the city limits; it's an unincorporated sliver of Oklahoma County.
Mazrouee said he owns car dealerships on NW 39 Expressway but that he did not have firm plans for his acquisition, which included a 14,114-square-foot clubhouse, other structures, swimming pools, tennis courts and 50.7 acres, including a lake.
“We bought this property as an investment property, and we haven't decided how we're going to develop it. But we're going to figure out something, and hopefully it'll be a good investment for us,” Mazrouee said.
Ken Whittington, club president, said club members should be pleased.
“We're very enthusiastic about the future of the club and where we're going,” said Whittington, who is president of Granite Re Inc., a contractor insurer.
Members can still look forward to “great times in the field,” said Dru Jacobs, club treasurer, who is executive vice president of Adfitech, a mortgage services company in Edmond. Jacobs said his children, Mackenzie, 16, and Carson, 11, bagged spring turkeys just last Saturday hunting on one of the club's leases.