Tampa, Your Cup Runneth Over
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/3/13


As reported by Richard Mullins of the Tampa Tribune, TopGolf — a Texas-based chain of golf practice ranges and entertainment centers — has unveiled plans to build a brobdingnagian golf entertainment complex in the Tampa suburb of Brandon, at 10690 Palm River Road. The complex will be located adjacent to four hotels. (Smart thinking!)



Here, in and around the Great White North, we have access to places like the Bunker Indoor Golf Center, Inside Edge Golf, and A Lot of Green Golf for indoor golf facilities with food service. A number of golf courses and independently-owned businesses also have indoor simulators and/or short-game practice facilities for use during the winter.

But a target-style range with microchip-enabled balls is a different and unique concept — and it seems to be taking off. TopGolf currently has 13 sites — one each in Scottsdale, Altanta, Chicago, Washington DC, and six in Texas. The company has also built three in the UK to this point.

Time and budget willing, this writer would like very much to explore one of TopGolf's facilities. But at the moment, I stand in envy of golfers in Texas and elsewhere who have access to this.

(You lucky, expletive-deleted so-and-sos...)


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[ comments ]
Wes11point5 says:
brobdingnagian - someone bought a thesaurus.
12/3/13
 
mjaber says:
@Wes... Are you sure he's not just making up words?
12/3/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
That word is too big for me. I suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia
12/3/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Boys, boys... enough with the obstreperous rejoinders. Have any of you oobers actually been at a TopGolf facility?
12/3/13
 
DougE says:
No, but I hear they are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
12/3/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Judging by the video the place looks to me like a d-bag nightmare. Just a personal thing. I can see how it could be fun for some though. That said I still wonder how a business like that thrives in those warm weather places. The ones up north, I totally get but in Tampa? A place with year-round nice weather and plentiful golf courses? If I lived in FL this Topgolf would be one of the last golf-related places where I could be found.
12/3/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I think it caters to 2 types of people.

1st it is a place where golfers can go and hit balls at night.

2nd it is "d-bag" nightmare as beef says. I see this turning into a late night bowling alley. Where a bunch of drunks go to get more drunk and have a little fun (ie the glow in the dark bowling alleys at 12am).
12/3/13
 
mustang6560 says:
I've been to one of the Top Golf locations in Dallas a few times but I've only been able to play once because it was so crowded. The wait is usually over an hour. If I was in the mood to play golf, I would go to a golf course. But, if I wanted to go to the bar and drink some beer with friends while smackin' the feathery every once in awhile, then Top Golf is where it's at. Top Golf is also good for the non-golfing golfer.
12/3/13
 
Wes11point5 says:
@Torleif -- Please eschew obfuscation.
12/3/13
 
mmontisano says:
I used to lev down the street from one in Dallas and they're pretty cool if you're getting beers with your friends and want to have a good time. it's like bowling for golf. it is NOT the kind of place to get some good practice in though. the balls are usually in rough condition and they don't act like normal golf balls. they're hard as a rock.
12/3/13
 
mmontisano says:
and I thought it was a UK based company, no?
12/3/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
No, they're headquartered in Dallas. BTW, your account of rock-hard golf balls is helpful - thanks!
12/4/13
 
frankteo714 says:
I have one of theses places nearby and it is D-BAG heaven. They really do cater to these types of people with there stupid events they have. It would be such a cool place to hang out once in a while but I have no interest in going there at all.
12/4/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
It wasn't made to only attract golfers. They couldn't justify the extra costs over a normal range. Can't fault the company for seeing an opportunity and profiting on it.
12/4/13
 
falcon50driver says:
No one goes there anymore, they're too crowded.
12/7/13
 
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