I was invited to a birthday party back in November. “We’re having it at Topgolf”, they said. “What golf?”, I asked. I’d never heard of it and since I’m no fan of golf (more than half of all Topgolf guests describe themselves as non-golfers), I probably never would have gone there of my own volition. But I sure am glad I did!
The Competition of Sport Meets Local Hangout
Topgolf is much more than a stale old driving range, which is what I imagined it would be on the drive out there. I guess the name should have given me my first clue. We pulled up to an enormous building flanked by a giant parking lot. Impressed already, we went in to find this bright, modern place bustling with happy people.
Topgolf was born…
A set of twin brothers, bored with the above-mentioned stale old driving range, came up with the idea to develop a technology to figure out precisely where the ball goes. They accomplished their goal, but wanted to further enhance the fun by infusing food, drinks and music into the mix. Plus, this golf entertainment complex features dozens of high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, a necessity for Central Florida summers.
Just so you know, Topgolf’s technology is top secret, but the game itself is simple. When it’s your turn, you hit a golf ball containing a personalized microchip into one of 11 targets ranging from 20 to 240 yards away. Every section of every target has a reader that detects the microchip. That reader computes your score based on the accuracy and distance of the shot and then sends the score to your bay screen. No pencil and paper are needed to keep score, leaving your hands free for that cold refreshing beverage.
- 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays
- Toptracer shot tracker
- Full-service restaurant & bars
- Private meeting rooms & event spaces
- Rooftop terrace with fire pit
- Over 200 HDTVs
- Free Wi-Fi
Topgolf blends technology and entertainment to create an experience that has made socializing a sport for everyone. It’s true…I can’t hit a ball to save my life but I can socialize for days. And what is at the heart of any great social gathering? You guessed it. Food. Topgolf employs an accomplished Executive Chef who uses high-quality ingredients to deliver a fresh twist on familiar favorites. From appetizers, flatbreads and burgers to salad, sandwiches, sliders and sides, your Topgolf outing will be just as flavorful as it is fun. Oh, and yes, there is a full bar as well, and great music to keep you in the party mood. So, you don’t have to love the sport to enjoy a day at Topgolf. Most of the people in my party love golf and I took a few swings myself but for me, it was the camaraderie, the food, the music and the service that made this experience above par.
Topgolf is a place to hang out not just to improve your stroke, but to challenge your friends and family to addictive point-scoring golf games in a cheerful atmosphere. Open daily until midnight, Sunday through Thursday and 2AM Fridays and Saturdays.