Mother, daughter open The 19th Hole Driving Range in Greenfield

Tracey Stiles, daughter Gia Westerman and son Benjamin Westerman have taken over the golf range on Bernardston Road in Greenfield, renaming it The 19th Hole Driving Range.

Tracey Stiles, daughter Gia Westerman and son Benjamin Westerman have taken over the golf range on Bernardston Road in Greenfield, renaming it The 19th Hole Driving Range. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Tracey Stiles, daughter Gia Westerman and son Benjamin Westerman have taken over the golf range on Bernardston Road in Greenfield, renaming it The 19th Hole Driving Range.

Tracey Stiles, daughter Gia Westerman and son Benjamin Westerman have taken over the golf range on Bernardston Road in Greenfield, renaming it The 19th Hole Driving Range. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

The 19th Hole Driving Range on Bernardston Road in Greenfield.

The 19th Hole Driving Range on Bernardston Road in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

By GRACE LEE

For the Recorder

Published: 04-04-2024 11:27 AM

Modified: 04-04-2024 12:32 PM


GREENFIELD — When the property at 1245 Bernardston Road was home to Sammy K’s Golf, Tracey Stiles’ whole family frequently spent time there to watch her son Benjamin Westerman, an avid golfer, practice.

Today, the range continues to be a family activity, as well as the family’s new business endeavor. Stiles and her daughter, Gia Westerman, reopened the business on March 24 as The 19th Hole Driving Range, with plans to keep the space open for people of all ages to practice their swing, rain or shine, during all four seasons of the year.

Stiles hopes to draw a larger crowd to help increase interest in golf across Franklin County.

“There is not a lot to do for entertainment in Greenfield,” Stiles said. “People need to get outside more. … So, I feel like it would be a good way to kind of keep people busy, to keep people having fun.”

Previously a manager at McDonalds since 1998, Stiles said she feels prepared to manage the driving range and increase profits. To do this, they have been making some small improvements to the property, such as fixing areas of the turf, and expanding to have two sections of grass tees and a seating area so family members and friends can hang out and watch each other practice their golfing skills.

“We want to kind of bring a family atmosphere,” Stiles said.

Stiles said they had a couple customers stop by in their first few days of operation. Right now, Stiles is not looking to hire additional employees, as she will be running the range with her daughter and son. However, that might change as their plans expand in the future.

“I’ve worked my whole life and, you know, so have all my kids, but to be able to think [of the things] that we could do here, we have so many ideas,” Stiles said. “If you could see the thought bubbles over our heads … I think that’s what I’m really excited about is the many things that we could possibly do.”

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The 19th Hole Driving Range will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A grand opening is planned for Sunday, April 28.