Indoor golf options now available in MorganMar 30, 2023 08:35AM ● By Liisa London Mecham
Tee Box, an indoor golf facility, celebrated its grand opening Friday, March 24, 2023 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, food and fun activities for community members.
With the Round Valley Golf Course still covered in snow, many local golf enthusiasts may despair over the delay in getting on the links this spring. Fortunately for them, local high school golfers and others, Morgan’s newest business, Tee Box, officially opened its doors Friday, March 24, with a grand opening celebration. The Morgan Chamber of Commerce was on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting with owners Preston Unck and Justin Rees and their families. Unck, an Ogden native, and Rees, a Morgan native, are thrilled to share their passion for sports, especially golf, with the Morgan Valley.
“The mission of Tee Box is to inspire people through the game of golf,” Unck said. “We build golfers into athletes, and athletes into golfers at The Tee Box.”
He also said, “Tee Box enters the community prepared to partner with all golf entities in the community. We want to have an impact on the community and ask ‘How can we elevate the golf community in this location?’ We feel that our success is found in enriching the local golf community. We want to work with local courses to enhance golfers’ experience on the course. We want to build golf in every community.”
The Tee Box offers a variety of memberships and opportunities for all levels of golfers, ranging from beginners to experts of all ages. In addition to memberships that offer 24/7 access to the fully automated facility, Tee Box provides training in their TBX Youth Academy for all ages starting in first grade. The training includes an initial assessment where youth are asked about their goals and guided to create a plan to help them determine where they want to be and how Tee Box can help them achieve their goals.
“We want to help kids get to the next level, whether it’s youth to high school, high school to college or college to a tour. Youth and player development is one of our big focuses,” Unck said. “We support our younger athletes with strength training, nutrition, mental preparedness and of course, golf skills and techniques.”
The Unck/Rees partnership at Tee Box began with Rees dropping his daughter off at clogging in Uintah. Rees saw the Tee Box location and called the number for more information. Unck, who created the business and opened the first store, answered the phone, and the rest is history.
The Morgan location is the pairs’ fourth facility with a fifth set to open in Kaysville in May. Other locations include St. George, West Haven and the original Uintah location. Business has been good, and the owners have plans to open Tee Box facilities in Arizona and Idaho before the end of year with lofty plans to expand to 15 facilities by the end of 2024.
“One of the most exciting upcoming events will be the opening of our Tee Box Entertainment facility in Ogden just off of 12th street, just west of I-15,” Unck said. “It will have 52 bays, a restaurant and provide a complete golf experience. This is a $20 million facility dedicated to golf in Ogden.”
When asked about headquartering his business in Ogden, the Bonneville High graduate said, “I love Ogden. We love investing in our community and have had a terrific experience in Ogden. Some people have tried to sway us to Salt Lake, but we’re staying in Ogden and investing here.”
Rees, a Morgan High graduate, who equally loves his home town and has previously owned and operated Ride Systems in Morgan, commented that Tee Box is growing immensely, and he’s been happy to see that the Morgan location is hitting their target membership goals. “We do limit the number of members in each location to ensure that all members can schedule simulator times. We still have memberships available, but we are growing closer to our cap. I’m excited for the opportunities to help improve golf here in Morgan.”
Friday’s grand opening was well attended considering a late afternoon power outage that threatened the event and the ever present snow this year. Guests, including several families, enjoyed popcorn, Deb’s Spicy Pie pizza pockets and Popcorn Drive-In drinks while trying out all of the great activities Tee Box offers. The golf simulators were a hit with young and old. Attendees had a chance to participate in a contest to hit the longest drive or “bomb” and win a Bacon Bomb from Bingham’s Custom Meats. Those with a little more patience were able to practice putting on the putting green, and yet others checked out the strength training equipment.
The Morgan location of Tee Box golf is 23 W. 150 North across from Walker Mortuary’s parking lot, near the Morgan Food Pantry.