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Ohio State sells off golf course, will open swine farm

Ohio State sells off golf course, will open swine farm

Ohio State University has sold two properties for over $3.2 million as part of its master plan to consolidate its holdings and reinvest in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Hawk’s Nest golf course, north of Wooster, was sold to Gasser Brothers LLC for $2.5 million while Grosjean Farm East was sold to Mark and Brooke Imhoff for $750,000, according to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Controlling Board and the Wayne County Auditor’s website.

Another 42 acres could soon change hands as OSU finalizes those sales, said Associate Dean of Operations Graham Cochran. These include properties in Wayne and Coshocton counties.

“This all goes back to our master plan, which will allow us to invest in our community,” Cochran said.

The Controlling Board, which adjusts the state budget, approved the sales in early February at an estimated total value of $3.5 million for the six parcels.

The future of Hawk’s Nest unclear

Three acres shy of 200, Hawk’s Nest golf course was appraised at $2.4 million and sold for $2.5 million to Aaron Gasser, Debra Gasser, Steven Gasser, and Jessica Gasser, according to Controlling Board documents.

The Gasser family owns nearby agricultural properties that include dairy production. It’s unclear what their plans are for the land. Messages seeking comment were left with the Gasser family.

The golf course was gifted to OSU nearly 15 years ago by Earl and Betty Hawkins. Then it was appraised at $2.6 million, according to the Hawk’s Nest website.

The university used the property to teach turf grass maintenance for students and teachers in commercial, residential and recreational settings to learn how to plan, budget and care for all types of turf, according to the OSU website.

It sits nearly 11 miles from the Wooster CFAES campus, placing it too far for students and faculty to commute on tight schedules, according to the 2021 CFAES master plan.

Between aging infrastructure and rising maintenance costs, it became too costly to justify keeping it, The Daily Record reported in October.

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Grosjean East and other sales

The two Grosjean farms and Coshocton County properties total roughly 80 acres and are part of a university effort to consolidate CFAES into a more accessible campus, according to the 2021 master plan.

Like Hawk’s Nest, these are poised to be sold to neighboring property owners, Cochran said.

Mark and Brooke Imhoff purchased the…


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