Friday, June 2, 2023

‘This is not the end, just time to pursue new things’: Lightfoot driving range closes

Swing Kingz in 2015 (WYDaily/Courtesy York County Property Information database)
Swing Kingz in 2015 (WYDaily/Courtesy York County Property Information database)

A batting cage and driving range business in Lightfoot has closed.

Now, the property — owned by the Williamsburg Pottery — is up for lease.

Swing Kingz at 301 Lightfoot Road closed Dec. 31 “after 6 years of fun,” announcing the move in a Facebook post one day later.

“This has not been an easy decision but after much thought it is time,” read the post, which was signed “Sincerely, Management.” “We have enjoyed our time serving you all and the community and this is not the end, it is just time to pursue new things. I am sure we will see you all around the community, I Know we will. So it is not Good bye it is see you later.”

The post asked customers to “stay tuned” for updates and a new location.

In its “About” section on Facebook, the business said it is Williamsburg’s “premiere practice facility-driving range, batting cages and mini golf.”

It also sold apparel and equipment from sports manufacturers, the section said.

The business also sold food at its snack shack.

Messages left with a phone number and email listed on the Facebook post were not immediately returned Thursday.

A man at the Williamsburg Pottery answered the phone and told a WYDaily reporter anyone with questions about leasing the location could contact the Pottery directly. The man declined to give his name and title.

Online reviews for Swing Kingz give mixed feedback. Some reviews said the batting cages were “run down and borderline unserviceable” while others said the business was an “awesome place to have fun.”

The business’ overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 stars on Facebook.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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