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Island golfers can tee off year-round, rain or shine

Beau Bayliss, owner of Tee to Green located at 181 Northeast Midway Boulevard, stands in front of golf simulators at his business. He believes philanthropy and business should be combined. - Sara Hansen/ Whidbey New-Times
Beau Bayliss, owner of Tee to Green located at 181 Northeast Midway Boulevard, stands in front of golf simulators at his business. He believes philanthropy and business should be combined.
— image credit: Sara Hansen/ Whidbey New-Times

Usually when it starts pouring down rain, golfers have to wait for the sun to come back to practice their game — but not anymore.

Beau Bayliss opened Tee to Green on June 1, and provides golf simulators for people to use for practice. From the driving range, to putting, golfers can work on every aspect they need inside.

“There’s nothing about golf that you can’t do in here,” Bayliss said.

He said the summer was slow because of the nice weather, but now that the rain is here business is picking up.

The idea for the business came to him early one morning out of the blue.

“I sat straight up at 5:30 a.m. and thought about something this place has never had before,” Bayliss said.

His wife, Kathrine Bayliss, thought he was crazy until she read his business plan. Eight months later, he opened for business.

Not only can golfers work on their game, but they can play 58 Professional Golf Association courses without leaving the island.

“In December you can play 18 holes at Pebble Beach,” Bayliss said.

The simulators have a weight-balanced camera monitor system, so golfers can work on their technique, Bayliss said. He also offers lessons for people who would like to improve their game.

An 8-by-12 undulated putting green is also present amongst the simulators, and allows golfers to work on their short game, Bayliss said.

Bayliss is also helping out with The First Tee — a program that introduces golf to kids and teaches them fundamentals and life skills.

“You have to know what you can and can’t focus on. You have to make the next shot, and forget about the last bad shot,” Bayliss said.

It also teaches etiquette and manners since it is a gentlemen’s game, he said.

He has also created a Starting New at Golf program. He brings a nine-hole indoor course to schools to introduce youngsters to the sport.

“I wanted this to evolve in something that can be an asset to the community,” he said.

Bayliss has lived on the island since 1979 and firmly believes that entrepreneurship and philanthropy should be combined. Both are essential to a healthy economy, and he loves helping out the community anyway he can.

Because Tee to Green is the only facility of its kind in the entire state, Bayliss said he’s had people from Seattle come up to use it, including a few Seattle Seahawks, such as Jordan Babineaux, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. It’s becoming recognized as a top-notch golf simulator facility, he said.

Groups can come in and play eight people to a simulator. There’s tables to hang out at, grab a drink and wait for their turn. Bayliss is starting  women’s and men’s leagues next month.

“From professionals, to scratch golfers, to duffers, anyone can have a good time here,” Bayliss said.

One of Bayliss’ favorite things about golf is how accessible it is to everyone.

“Golf is a great game for everyone because you can play it at any age,” Bayliss said. “From 9 to 90 years old, you can play golf forever.”

 

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