Lincoln County golf amateurs and professionals can now enjoy a full service pro-shop and driving range located in west Lincoln.
â€œItâ€™s a great idea for the community,â€ said Bill Cease, part-owner in Tee One Up. â€œYou can teach a younger kid golf, and by the time they are 50 and their parents are 70, they can still play golf together. Itâ€™s a lifelong sport.â€
Cain Hallman and his brother Luke bought the land from their grandfather and began the concept seven years ago.
â€œWe wanted to use the land without destroying it and also give back to the community,â€ Hallman said. â€œItâ€™s an all-family run operation.â€
Hallman teamed up with Cease, a local professional golfer who also owned a golf shop in Cherryville. The two combined the driving range and pro-shop.
â€œWe both saw it as an opportunity to blend both together,â€ Cease said. â€œIt helped us both out. Most driving ranges donâ€™t have a full service pro-shop like this.â€
The golf practice range includes a putting green, Bermuda grass tee boxes and sand bunker.
The pro-shop offers all the major brands including Ping, Nike and Srixon along with club fitting and re-gripping services.
Cease said he would like to sell some of the products available in the store online, although such sales lack personal feedback.
â€œGolf has gotten so high tech,â€ Cease said of all the different types of clubs and equipment available today. â€œFor someone to play better, they need someone like myself to offer feedback.â€
The driving range and pro-shop are open to the public, but memberships will be available.
Golfers who come to the range will not only enjoy the full-service shop and driving range, they can also take part in contests such as long drive and hole in one.
The owners expressed excitement about their new business and say they have plans to give back to the community schools and encourage young people to play.
â€œWhat Tiger Woods has done for golf has gotten more young people interested in it,â€ Cease said. â€œWe want all the teams to come out here and practice.â€
The owners already have future plans for the range.
â€œDepending on the success, we want to branch out with more advanced teaching,â€ Hallman said. â€œOr possibly offer putt-putt or a community building for gatherings. We want to make it an area for all aspects in the community.â€
For more information call Tee One Up Golf at (704) 742-3196 or visit their Web site at www.teeoneupgolf.com for a list of products and services.
by Maribeth Kiser