LANSING, N.Y.—With Father’s Day as its (well-timed) official first day back, the Lansing Golf Range has reopened under new ownership.
Twin brothers Jacinto and Gianni Maratea, along with friend Cody Pitzer, have the range operational for the first time in around two years, now open Thursday and Friday from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jacinto Maratea said they had purchased the business last August, but kept it closed until now since there was so little time left in the season last year before the weather turned. The Marateas own a Spencer-based food manufacturing business but went to Ithaca College and live in Tompkins County. They had planned to open their own indoor driving range at a warehouse in Spencer, but Pitzer found the business sale listing and they jumped at the opportunity.
“Cody’s been golfing his whole life, Gianni and I started about 7-8 years ago and just got more and more into it,” Jacinto said. “My game needs work, and I’m hoping that by default, by owning a golf range I’ll get better at golf. But it hasn’t worked yet.”
The range is mostly the same as what it was previously, though the owners do have some plans for indoor simulator machines and refreshments inside the facility debuting some time either next year or beyond. Maratea said he envisions those additions making it more of an experience, plus then the facility could be better suited to operate year-round versus just in the relatively small window in Tompkins County when outdoor sports are feasible.
Maratea also added that there would be merchandise available soon, including t-shirts and hats bearing the above rebranded logo. Local pro Dick Costello is also offering golf lessons at the range now.