The nine-hole golf course has been a second home to Lamar and Lois Adcock, who've owned the course since 1972.

HARTVILLE  For 45 years, Lake View Golf Course has been more than just a place to fit in a quick round.

The nine-hole course on E. Maple Street has been a second home to Lamar and Lois Adcock, who've owned it since 1972.

It's where their kids grew up. It's where they met up with friends. And it's where they've worked, seven days a week, sometimes 13 hours a day, for more than four decades.

"It's been a pleasure dealing with the public. We've had a good life here ... a pretty good time," said Lamar Adcock. "It was never like getting up and going to work."

The Adcocks are retiring. At 81- and 82-years-old respectively, they want to focus more on family and less on the family business.

"We decided it was time," Lamar Adcock said. "We want to spend some time with the family, see the grandkids, enjoy life."

On Tuesday, Kiko Auctions will auction off the about 22.3-acre course — including its pond, pavilion and buildings — and its equipment, tools and other items.

Family business

Lois Adcock's parents built Lake View and ran it for about seven years before selling it to their daughter and son-in-law.

Until 1985, Lamar Adcock also worked outside of Lake View. "Lois ran the place. Her and the kids," he said.

Beth Hostetetler (formerly Adcock) was about 3 when her parents bought the course. Lake View was where she and her brother, Tony, grew up. It was also their first job.

"I had to get off the school bus and be here by a certain time," Hostetler recalled Monday, helping her parents go through the clubhouse before the auction.

Unsurprisingly, the Adcocks all play the sport.

Lamar Adcock was a scratch golfer from about 1962 to 1990. Tony Adcock is a PGA professional who also taught private lessons at Lake View. He was at a tournament on Monday in Arizona.

The Adcocks' two grandchildren play at Malone University and GlenOak High School.

"They were raised here," Lois Adcock said. "We used to have a baby bed back there," she added, laughing.

The course also attracted other families.

It wasn't uncommon for parents to golf at a big course in the morning and bring their kids to the nine-hole Lake View course in the afternoon, Lamar Adcock said.

Golf keeps kids off the street, and unlike a high-impact sport like football, "golf, they'll play that the rest of their lives," he said.

Goodbye

If Lake View doesn't remain a golf course, it will mean the end of one of the only remaining nine-hole golf courses in the area.

Nine-hole courses no longer make as much money as larger courses. You need about the same equipment — hundreds of thousands of dollars worth — to maintain a small course that you do to run a larger one, Lamar Adcock said. "At one time or another, it's in your best interest to be profitable."

And Hartville has changed dramatically from when Lake View first opened, he said.

"I would love to see it still be a golf course. But if it doesn't happen that way, it won't make me mad," Lamar Adcock said.

Part of the land is zoned for business. The rest is zoned for agriculture. The course is bordered on one side by an industrial park.

The economic recession saw a drop in the number of golfers, although Lake View still attracted new players and lots of regulars.

John Urnick has been golfing at Lake View for at least a decade. He stopped by the clubhouse Monday to boast about his success on his last round.

"It's the one golf course I can shoot par on. It's soothes my ego," Urnick laughed.

Urnick has also become friends with the family. "You can't meet a better guy than him," Urnick said of Adcock.

Despite the long hours and hard work, the 45 years at Lake View never felt like a job, Lamar Adcock said. "You're among friends the whole time."

It's hard to say goodbye to all those friends, family members said.

"We'll miss everyone," Hostetler said.

"Every one," Adcock agreed.

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