Whittington stressed that the future of the club is secure — perhaps a little more stable, in fact. He said directors and members wanted to keep the land and clubhouse, which also were used by businesses and civic clubs, but couldn't afford it considering the decline in membership over several years.
“Now we've got to regroup and figure out — the club's going to continue on,” he said. “Now we've got a little bit of extra money, and now we've got to determine what we're going to do once we get the bank paid off.”
Whittington said the auction evoked mixed emotions.
“It is very bittersweet. You know, I grew up in the club — so you know it's bittersweet to see the club (property) go away,” he said. “But the club is bigger than just the real property. It's all the members that make up that thing, and we'll continue on and figure out what we're going to do next.”
Club member Brad Neff, owner of Heartland Roofing, said he hopes the club is not forever without a place of its own.
“It's sad to see the place go, but it is the way of the country club. The hunting piece is still intact and is only going to get better because of the changes,” Neff said. “It's just a new day for the club, and it was the right decision to sell. My hope is that we will be able to build a clubhouse somewhere around town that can be used for meetings, parties, etc., that will be nice but not so high-maintenance.”
Dakil said he got inquiries about the auction from across the country. More than 300 people attended the open house and some 50 potential buyers toured the property.