A former brickyard may not be the first place one would think to build a golf course, but Old Brickyard Golf Course has succeeded in turning the one-time site of Ferris Brick Company into a fun-and-surprising 6,486-yard layout. By working around three former quarries, the course architect added stark elevation changes and wide-open vistas to the par 71 course. TifEagle greens roll atop land that was once nothing but rugged, natural clay, creating smooth, fast surfaces that make any two-putt a tricky proposition. Before taking to the course, golfers energize with hot dogs and drinks at the clubhouse, warm up swings at the all-grass driving range, or bury time capsules in the practice bunker so they can remember what life was like before their 18-hole rounds.
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Tell us about your business.
Mac Sports, Texas is a sole proprietorship owned and operated in Duncanville, TX. We offer golf and baseball lessons, with the intention to expand to soccer as well in the near future.
What inspired you to start this business?
Our inspiration to start the business was to offer affordable options to better grow and develop [our clients'] abilities in their desired sports. We are all former or current athletes here, with the same dreams and aspirations as our customers.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
A customer attended a golf lesson for the $70 rate for the hour. He was so satisfied with the results, he donated an extra $30 to our equipment fund. He has remained a biweekly customer and has expressed his satisfaction of being able to compete with his friends on the golf course.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
I love working with people and seeing them succeed. When we can conduct a business that truly benefits people, we all enjoy the outcome.
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