When J.C. Penney Co. filed for bankruptcy in May 2020, it announced it was closing 13 stores, including the Owosso store. The building at 201 S. Washington St. didn’t remain empty for long. It was transformed into 13 store opportunities, and Back2theTee recently opened in one of those areas.
Back2theTee owners Chris and Stephanie Ross have converted the space to a mini pro shop and a multi-sports simulator that enables golfers to test their skills indoors.
Their experience in golfing inspired them to open a golf shop, Chris Ross said.
“We chose golf as we are golfers ourselves and we want to help the community with creating a golf program, especially with our youth,” he said.
The facility will provide club fitting and accessories through Cleveland Golf/Srixon, as Back2theTee is a distributor of the brand. The simulator offers 45 courses, with courses being added throughout the year, he said.
“Lessons, junior programs, leagues and fun nights are just some things we will offer golf-wise right now,” Stephanie Ross said. “Our simulator is multi-sport, which means we have other sports and activities like baseball, bocce ball, basketball, football and zombie dodgeball, just to name a few.”
The store will also offer private events and birthday parties for kids as well, she said.
Hours for the store vary according to season, so customers are encouraged to visit Back2theTee’s Facebook page for information.