Cecelia's sold at auction
But behind the scenes, the course's future still is being worked out.
Cecelia's Golf Course, located east of Janesville on Emerald Grove Road in Bradford Township, was sold in a sheriff's auction Wednesday morning at the Rock County Courthouse.
Community Bank, 820 East Geneva St., Delavan, had foreclosed on the property this summer. The bank bought back the property for $721,900.
The big crowd at the sheriff's sale might have indicated that several parties are interested in the property.
But nobody bid.
Community Bank Executive Vice President Scott Zimmerman this morning would not say exactly who might buy or manage the course. Zimmerman expects it to be open for business this summer.
"Steps are being taken to open the course as early as this weekend," Zimmerman said. "Golfers can expect leagues and open golf to continue."
The golf course drew crowds last winter. But golfing wasn't necessarily part of the discussion.
Residents in early 2008 packed the tiny Bradford Town Hall to debate a residential development proposed for the site.
Former course owner Mike Kerig and two other parties had applied for rezones and a conditional-use permit to add nine holes to the nine-hole course. The plan included building 52 homes on lots smaller than 1 acre to create a "golf community."
At a public hearing in January 2008, many residents spoke against the proposal, saying the expansion would consume farmland and change the rural nature of the township.
Others spoke in favor of the plan, saying landowners have the right to sell their land.
At the time, Kerig said the expansion was vital to the survival of the golf course.
Zimmerman said it's not up to the bank to work on future development plans. That would be up to the new owner or lessee, he said.
"The bank is hopeful a new owner or potential tenant will make improvements and upgrades to the course," Zimmerman said.