A Big Shots Golf franchise with a 30-bay driving range is going in at 3456 U.S. 1, having passed muster with the City of Vero Beach Planning and Zoning Board, which approved the site plan last week.
The project includes a 7,000-square-foot, two-story building that will contain a restaurant, lounge and walk-up ice cream window. The entire back of the building – 10,000 square feet of roofed-over space – is a “driving-range concourse area,” according to the plans.
The eight-acre site and franchise are owned by Dr. William Mallon, an ophthalmologist and owner of Advanced Eye Care, which shares a lot line with the project.
A life-long golfer with a plus-five handicap, Mallon has eyed the site for years. “It was a driving range until 2004, when it closed after the hurricane. I wanted to do a driving range and more. I wanted food and ice cream and putt-putt golf.” Mallon said. “I’ve been trying to buy the land every year since it closed. I finally acquired it last August.”
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