Nostalgia Seizes Crowd at Tower Tee Auction

Frenzied bidders snap up momentos

Kevin Killeen
July 09, 2018 - 7:01 am

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AFFTON, Mo. (KMOX) -- In the 90-degree heat and humidity, the crowd of bidders seemed near swooning with nostalgia, as they competed to take home something - anything - to rememember happier times at Tower Tee.

Phil the Gorilla went for $1,200.

Another putt-putt golf figure, the Statue of Liberty, sold for $4,400.

Signs related to golf and the batting cages were snapped up for $100 to $200.

The auction drew a couple hundred people - so many they had to park their cars on the driving range.

Just a day earlier, Tower Tee was the scene of a farewell party with live music, food and drinks.

"I had a lot of men come up to me today with hugs and tears and thanks and regrets and sorrows, but things move on," said owner Steve Loetz.

The attraction closed Saturday night to make way for a new subdivision. Owner Steve Loetz is retiring in Florida with mixed feelings.

“Ultimately when I put my head on the pillow in Florida, I have a lot of good memories of 56 years here, and if this turns into something else, I think it’ll be for a reason and I think it will benefit people one way or the other,” he said.