As apartment residents move to the site of their former location, Tommy Jordan and Ken Husvar are settling in to their own new digs.
Jordan and Husvar each ran businesses at Golf Masters, now the site of Revere at Lake Wylie luxury apartments on Charlotte Highway. Jordan offered computer-aided instruction through Accelerized Golf. Husvar handled service and retail needs at Victory Custom Golf. Both left when the driving range owners sold the land for the apartments.
Jordan now teaches out of a new 624-square-foot building at River Hills Country Club driving range. His business, now River Hills Golf Academy, brings a new junior program and more to the club.
“We want it to be where, if you want to get your game to another level, this is where you’ll come,” Jordan said.
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Jordan has more than a decade teaching experience. His first job out of school more than 40 years ago was as an assistant pro at River Hills.
After moving from Golf Masters, Husvar has set up shop at 4543 Charlotte Highway in Plantation Square. Victory Custom Golf will remain there, however, he will make trips to the golf academy for service jobs.
Initially it was difficult, Husvar said, for he and Jordan to keep their businesses humming after losing the shared space at Golf Masters.
“We were both hopping around clubs and ranges, meeting people for appointments,” he said. “It was just a hassle.”
The new country club space brings the two back together.
“It’s a first-class facility,” Husvar said. “There’s not really a facility like that in the area.”
Jordan says its a win-win for their businesses and River Hills Country Club.
“That’s a potential member every time we have a lesson or have a fitting,” he said.
The academy uses a computer-aided approach on “a brand new system,” Jordan said. Golfers can see their swings under the high speed camera and compare it to others, including top professional players. One swing off a driving carpet generates data on distance, direction, ball spin and other numbers.
Players still can see the result sailing down the course driving range.
“I did not want to go indoors,” Jordan said. “My customers did not want me to go indoors.”
Computers make Jordan’s job easier, he said, but they’ll never replace an eye for the game developed over time.
“These tools help me understand what the most important problem is,” Jordan said. “My experience tells me the sequence (to fix it).”
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For information about the new facility or lessons, call 803-487-7260. For more on Victory Custom Golf, call 803-831-1156.