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Two golf businesses combine in one building

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Jessica Bray tries out a TruGolf simulator at ANM Golf. The business shares a building with K&K Golf behind the Holiday gas station in Escanaba.

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured businesses are K&K Golf and ANM Golf in Escanaba.

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By Jordan Beck

jbeck@dailypress.net

ESCANABA — The K&K Golf building — located behind the Holiday gas station in Escanaba — is now home to two separate businesses, both of which focus on providing products to area golfers.

K&K Golf owner John Kelly began running his business in the mid-’80s.

“I bought the business in 1984, and in 1985, I bought this building,” he said.

Adam May — owner of ANM Golf — started leasing the K&K Golf building’s retail front and took over the club building and repair division on Dec. 5, 2018. According to Kelly, the arrangement has proven to be successful so far.

“It’s worked out well,” he said.

Kelly continues to own the building and still operates K&K Golf as a separate business with a focus on golf carts.

“My side now is golf cart sales and service,” he said.

He also handles golf cart rentals for special events, including the U.P. State Fair and many others.

May said he runs what used to be the retail side of K&K Golf.

“I am a retailer for many of the major manufacturers of golf equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories,” he said. Items from popular brands such as PING GOLF, Callaway Golf, Cobra Golf/Puma Golf, Cleveland Golf and Tour Edge Golf are sold by the business.

ANM Golf also offers custom-built clubs — a line of work May said he is highly qualified for.

“I went to school at the Maltby (Clubmaking) Academy in Ohio … to get my certificate in club building, repair and fitting,” he said.

Additionally, May made a major improvement to the retail front late last year in the form of a TruGolf simulator.

“I brought this in … it was custom-built for me, and it was delivered two days before New Year’s Day,” May said.

The simulator, which May said is the only one of its kind in Delta County, can measure golfers’ swing statistics. It also allows people to play simulated versions of 50 golf courses from around the world, and the store now offers simulator-based golf leagues during the winter months.

“I also use it for the fitting procedure when we fit people for custom golf clubs,” May said.

Kelly said he has been impressed by May’s experience with golf club fitting and his efforts to modernize the store.

“He’s gone well beyond where I was,” he said.

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