“Where the Competition of Sport Meets Your Favorite Local Hangout”
The time has come where the sport of golf isn’t exclusively a businessman’s sport, a “rich man’s game”, or for “gentlemen only”. It’s gaining popularity at a rapid rate, shedding its exclusivity, and becoming a sport that knows no race, religion, or income level. The catalyst for that change largely in part is Topgolf.
What IS Topgolf?
From the Topgolf website: “Topgolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while also awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each venue offers an upscale, laid-back experience that features climate-controlled hitting bays, event spaces for groups of all sizes, and an impressive food and drink menu.”
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending an event at a local Topgolf, or played there with a group of your friends, the concept is simple to explain. For a regular Topgolf match, players score points by hitting balls assigned using microchip technology into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn.
They have several types of games and matches you can play, including:
Beginner, and experienced golfers compete mano-a-mano on a level playing field. Players are split into teams, and the best score on each ball is used as the score for the team.
For fans of the short game, TopChip uses just the red target (five shots), yellow target (five shots) and green target (10 shots). Hit the correct target and you’ll score points, but hit the wrong one and see your points disappear.
This high-scoring version of Topgolf rewards you for going big. The farther the target you hit and the closer you get to the center flag, the higher the multiple of points you’ll receive.
Test your touch and accuracy by hitting all nine sections within the yellow target. Close out the first level, then see point values multiply during levels two and three. Be careful not to hit the same section twice or you’ll lose points.
Break out your big guns, and take aim at our farthest targets. Not for the faint of heart, this game challenges even the most experienced and powerful drivers.
Similar to TopChip, this game challenges you to hit the targets at four consecutive distances (five shots each). The starting target you choose (red, yellow or green) determines the game’s level of difficulty.
Groups of players can reserve a bay in a local Topgolf for as low as $30, and enjoy the game and one another’s company in their own climate-controlled area. Food and beverages are delivered straight to you and your guests, and they have a great selection of both.
“The overall Topgolf concept is bringing potential new players to the game in great numbers. According to reports, 8 million people played at a Topgolf in 2015, and more than half had previously never taken a swing.”
This influx of new golfers has caught the attention of PGA and LPGA executives, and the three entities have now begun cross-promoting their services and events.
If you’re looking to plan an event, and aren’t sure what venue to choose, Topgolf may be your answer. Absolutely NO golf experience is required, and they offer food and beverage packages for medium to large groups.