Businesses looking for new, local home once Golf Masters becomes apartments

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJanuary 6, 2014 

— A plan is in place to put apartments on what’s now a driving range. What’s 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.”

Jordan’s business and Victory Custom Golf both operate out of Golf Masters, a driving range at 5241 Charlotte Hwy., opened in 2007 by Eric and Lyn Harper. A rezoning for the site recently made it through York County Council to allow for apartments there. The Tuttle Co. in Rock Hill worked with Ohio-based Gross Builders to present the project that Bryan Tuttle told Council 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.

“That’s probably the first question you get,” he said.

The second is whether they’ll relocate out of the area. The answer to both questions, the business operators say, is no.

“We’re going to be fine,” Jordan said. “We’ll 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.

“It’s hard for us to go out and let people know what we’re doing,” he said.

Both men are looking for properties now. 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. They’ve looked into properties that would, though smaller, have a similar setup to what’s at Golf Masters now.

Husvar said he doesn’t blame the Harpers for getting what they will for their property. He is sad to see what’s there now, leave.

“It’s a bittersweet thing,” Husvar said. “We’ve been here a while, and it’s been good.”

Eric Harper on Thursday said there is no closing date or “anything yet.”

“I do not know anything for sure,” he said.

Efforts to obtain comment from Gross Builderswere unsuccessful. According to the website grossbuilders.com, the company currently has apartments in Ohio, Tennessee and Alabama.

Husvar said he’s thinking maybe spring for the final agreement, then the 60 days. Business will keep on as usual for now. And, he hopes, even after the move.

“We’re going to try,” Husvar said.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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