Lakeville Country Club, the Massachusetts golf course that made national news in 2009 when vandals carved a swastika on the 18th green, is for sale. JJ Manning Auctioneers listed the property on its calendar Thursday, with a foreclosure auction set for April 20, 2011.
While not exactly breaking news to assistant manager Lou Mincone (owner Gary Mosca was unavailable for comment), a foreclosure auction was just one of a few potential outcomes for the 18-hole, par-72 public track.
“There are three or four possibilities,” Mincone said Thursday afternoon.
As Mincone saw it, a buyer could purchase the property, run the restaurant, and lease the golf course back to Mosca. Failing that, Mincone guessed that the facility could end up in foreclosure and hit the auction block.
“I’ve heard so many different things,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going on.”
The course opened in 1966 as a nine-hole layout called Reservoir Heights, according to Mincone. Mosca and four others purchased the operation some 10 years later, renamed it Lakeville, and expanded it to 18 holes.
The auction will be a first-mortgage foreclosure for Morgan Stanley, which holds Lakeville’s mortgage, according to Justin Manning, president and chief financial officer of the auction house.
As for the hate crime that garnered so much attention, local police, the FBI, and the Secret Service were unable to close the case.
“The FBI conducted an assessment at the time and in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it was determined that no further action by federal authorities was warranted,” an FBI spokesperson told us Friday.
Lakeville is open for the season.
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