CANTON, Ohio – Skyland Pines Golf Club is being sold to developers and will close in September.
Steve DiPietro, whose family owns the course, confirmed the sale on Monday. A sale of the 18-hole golf course, the driving range and the banquet center has been speculated for several months.
DiPietro said he couldn’t name the company that made the purchase, but it has plans to develop the property. He declined to talk about specific details of the sale.
Selling the property was an opportunity his family couldn’t miss, DiPietro said.
“It’s also a great opportunity for Stark County and Canton,” he said.
The developers are working with a company that will build on the property and create a large number of jobs, DiPietro said. He had no details about the project.
“What they do with it, they do with it,” he says.
Caleb Smith is training on the driving range at Skyland Pines Golf Club in Canton on Monday. The facility will close after Labor Day to make room for undisclosed business development. Photo by Scott Heckel, Canton Repository / USA Today Network
“That would be a great project for the community.”
The Stark Economic Development Board was involved in discussions with developers, said Ray Hexamer, president and chief executive officer. He declined to comment on the talks as the deal has not yet been finalized.
“It looks promising, but there is still a lot to be done,” said Hexamer. “That would be a great project for the community.”
Hexamer declined to find out who the officers were talking to other than that it was a developer.
In some circles it was speculated that Amazon is considering the 140 hectare area for a distribution center. DiPietro said he had no conversations with Amazon.
In May, the Cantonal Council approved the rededication of the golf course for light industry. At the time, DiPietro said the change would be made to put the property in a better position if an opportunity to sell arises.
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The city council also approved a statement of work in late June to prepare for the annexation of approximately 5.6 hectares of Skyland Pines located in Plain Township. Deputy Mayor Fonda Williams, the city’s annexation director, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Scott Erickson tees off at Skyland Pines Golf Club in Canton on Monday. The facility will close after Labor Day to make room for undisclosed business development.
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Wedding location lost
It closes approximately a month before the wedding ceremony and reception for Jennifer Fields on October 23 at Skyland Pines. Now the bride-to-be from the eastern canton is faced with the challenge of finding a new venue – with the added complication of other weddings that have been postponed until this year due to the pandemic – and a new caterer.
“They tried to offer us another venue, but this one is in Green and has also changed our wedding date,” Fields said.
She wants to keep the same date because family members from Florida have already planned flight tickets and free time. Fields said she’s also now updated save-the-date cards and invitations, which cost about $ 300.
She and her fiance reserved the venue in December. When they returned about a month ago to set time frames for their special day, Fields said, employees “never” mentioned the possibility of Skyland Pines closing.
She had heard rumors about the future but thought the company would contact her if they were true. Skyland Pines notified the couple of the closure on July 9 and returned the $ 3,500 bail.
“I cried when we went to pick up the check for her thing because I was like, ‘What should I do now?'” Fields said.
History of the Skyland Pines
Skyland Pines is the former Highland Hills Country Club. Salvatore Joseph “Junior” DiPietro, who founded the pizza oven chain, bought the place in 1972 and renamed it Skyland Pines. The banquet center opened in 1975.
The DiPietro family sold the site in 2007, but bought the property back four years ago. Steve DiPietro said the banquet facility suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, although the Gulf side of the business increased.
Skyland Pines is offering a special 30-day membership option for $ 325 on its website.