LAKE WYLIE — A plan is in place to put apartments on whats now a driving range. Whats less certain is when greens will give way to groundbreaking, and when two local businesses will need new homes.
We want to try to stick together, said Tommy Jordan, owner of Accelerized Golf. We want to stay in this area for sure.
Jordans business and Victory Custom Golf operate out of Golf Masters, a driving range at 5241 Charlotte Highway, opened in 2007 by Eric and Lyn Harper.
A zoning change for the site recently made it through the York County Council to allow apartments there. The Tuttle Co. in Rock Hill worked with Ohio-based Gross Builders to present the project that Bryan Tuttle told council members is the right thing in the right place, with the right product at the right time.
The site includes about 30 acres.
Ken Husvar, president and CEO of Victory Custom Golf, said the most common inquiry from customers is whether he and Jordan will close up shop.
Thats probably the first question you get, he said.
The second is whether theyll relocate out of the area. The answer to both questions, the business operators say, is no.
Were going to be fine, Jordan said. Well turn it into a positive.
Neither has heard of a final agreement being reached between the Harper family, which owns the site, and the builder. The businesses will have at least 60 days once an agreement comes. Jordan said it could depend on when the builder wants to break ground, when he and Husvar will have to move.
Its hard for us to go out and let people know what were doing, he said.
Both men are looking for properties.
Because of the nature of their business Jordan doctors swings using computers, Husvar sells equipment and does club fitting they could set up temporarily or long-term in a retail location. Theyve looked into properties that would, though smaller, have a similar setup to whats at Golf Masters now.
Husvar said he doesnt blame the Harpers for getting what they will for their property. He is sad to see whats there now leave.
Its a bittersweet thing, Husvar said. Weve been here a while, and its been good.
Last week, Eric Harper said there is no closing date or anything yet.
I do not know anything for sure, he said.
Efforts to obtain comment from Gross Builders were unsuccessful. According to the website grossbuilders.com, the company has apartments in Ohio, Tennessee and Alabama.
Husvar said hes thinking maybe spring for the final agreement. Business will keep on as usual for now. And, he hopes, even after the move.
Were going to try, Husvar said.