You do not have to be good at golf to have fun here! In fact, I’m terrible and had an absolute blast! And on top of that, you don’t even need your own set of clubs since they have clubs available at every “bay” for both men and women.
Basically, Topgolf reminded me of a bowling alley for golf, but with a video game, competitive twist.
As you enter Topgolf, you get the feeling as if you’re walking into an entrance to a plush Las Vegas hotel. With plenty of people to greet you and help you get setup, you instantly get the feeling that this place is more than just a driving range, this place is all about hospitality and making sure you have a great time.
To golf, you essentially “rent” a hitting bay by the hour so I suggest you have a general idea of how long you want to play before you go. We played for an hour which seemed like the perfect time for two people. It was just long enough to get the hang of it, hit some balls, eat some food but still left us wanting more. For larger groups, I’d say two or three hours would be perfect.
Once you check in and get your $5 lifetime membership card, you’ll be assigned a “bay” number. There are about a hundred bays in total which are located on three different levels. Each bay accommodates up to six golfers and you’re assigned a Bay Host (aka server). The bay area reminded me of a bowling alley – a lounge area, cocktail table, TV’s and of course golf clubs. The bay itself is covered and climate controlled. I also noticed heaters on the ceiling so it looks like you can play year round! Sweet!
So how do you play?
Each hitting bay has an automatic ball dispenser which spits out microchipped golf balls one by one and are able to be tracked and analyzed for distance, accuracy and location. Your goal is to hit your balls into the numerous circular targets, each separated into smaller targets. A personal computer screen will show where your ball lands and how much points you earned from each swing – think of a bowling alley showing the number of pins you knock down.
There are several golf games you can play which add a competitive twist to your experience. We mainly played the normal game but Jason experimented with some of the more advanced games that reward extra points for pin point accuracy.
Let’s talk about the food!
Now I’ve eaten food at golf courses and bowling alleys before and usually food is not their strong point, but Topgolf seems to take this area seriously.
The food was actually pretty good and very reasonably priced. Since we only paid for one hour, we didn’t want to stop golfing to sit down and eat! We ordered the “Mushi” (pronounced “Moo-she”) – similar to a burrito but cut into sushi style pieces. The Mushi was recommended by our bay host Richard (request to be in his bay, he was amazing!!) and was served with cilantro rice, spiced chicken, beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado and a sriracha sauce.
We also split the Brisket Grilled Cheese sandwich, served with perfectly cooked tater tots. The brisket was also cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. This is what I would call a grown up grilled cheese!
For dessert (and you know I couldn’t skip on this), we decided to try the Injectable Donut Holes – of which $1 goes to the Make-a-wish Foundation. You get 24 cinnamon sugar donut holes served with your choice of a raspberry, Bavarian cream or chocolate “injectable” sauce. We sweet talked Richard into letting us try all three and I’m torn on which flavor was my favorite! A very unique dessert to say the least. The donut holes themselves were delicious and we had a great time injecting them with our choice of flavor filling.