A sport that needs more participation from women and children may just need more TopGolf facilities. The company that claims to have introduced more than 10 million people to golf at its 10 facilities since the year 2000 is coming to Oklahoma City. Construction on a site near the Quail Springs Mall at the southwestern quadrant of N. Western Avenue and the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City is expected to begin this summer with an opening in the spring of 2015.
Those who have been to the TopGolf facilities in Dallas, Houston or Austin know that fun is the name of the game at these 65,000 square foot facilities that include three levels, 102 hitting bays with high definition televisions in every bay and a rooftop terrace for parties and live bands.
The busier sites can attract as many as 1,500 visitors on a Saturday. Those golfers hit balls loaded with a microchip at targets in a 215-yard infield. Golfers can compete against friends or others at the facility as all scores are tracked electronically and recorded on your playing card as well as a display monitor in the bay.
A cursory $5 membership fee is required and from there golfers rent the bay by the hour from prices ranging from $20 to $40 at peak times, according to Adrienne Browne, a senior communication manager with TopGolf.
Oklahoma City is the company’s 16th confirmed location, following San Antonio and Tampa. The company estimates it will serve approximately 425,000 visitors in its first year of operation. Its 10-year total fiscal impact (including direct sales tax, property tax, business tax, etc.) will exceed $31 million. TopGolf also expects to hire approximately 400-450 associates at the new facility, creating 100 full-time positions.