ORLANDO—Topgolf, which brings a bowling alley style attraction to an indoor golf driving range, plans to open a complex in Lake Mary.
Spokesperson Brittany Selvik compared the experience to an archery range where players drive golf balls at targets.
“Topgolf was meant for everyone from little kids to casual golfers who bring their own clubs,” Selvik said. “Topgolf brings out the competitive nature in everyone.”
The original Central Florida Topgolf opened in 2017 on International Drive. It features two floors of hitting bays that accommodate up to six people per group. There is a bar in the facility, and groups can order food and drinks as they hit golf balls.
Each player takes turns hitting three shots at multiple targets that vary in distance. The closest target is 10 points, then it varies up to 85. If a player hits the far back net, about 250 yards away, that’s 100 points.
The facility includes nine different games. The cost varies according to time of day. At the Orlando location, the price of renting a bay is $25 from 9 a.m. to noon; $35 from noon to 5 p.m.; and $45 after 5. Topgolf closes at 2 a.m. If players bring their own clubs, the price drops $5.
Players don’t have to be great golfers to enjoy Topgolf, but some notable people have played at the Orlando location.
“Just a couple of days ago PGA pro Rory Mcilroy came in to check us out since there is a PGA tour event (Arnold Palmer Invitational) going on this week,” Selvik said, “and Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, came in during the Pro Bowl weekend, so it was definitely really cool as well as getting to play golf here for free.”
Topgolf is a unique way to go to the driving range. Selvik said it takes the standard driving range and makes it more accessible.
Driving golf balls is not the only activity at Topgolf. Selvik said people can watch big games on 4K screens or even play pool late at night.
“There are plenty of options to chose from here at Topgolf to come check out,” she said.
The driving range attracts the most people, she said.
“The driving bay with our top tracer technology is a really neat thing that comes with our experience,” she said. “Basically it tracks the golf ball mid-flight and the direction, and the different targets provide for different scores.”
At topgolf.com, players can register as a member, reserve a bay and download the Topgolf app. People can also go online to plan a party for their company, small and large groups, kids, tournaments and fundraisers.