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What is Topgolf? (GolfWRX Explains)

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What is Topgolf? It’s a question we at GolfWRX get more often than you’d think. So, we’ve put together this guide to the quintessential golf-entertainment experience. 

Originally conceived of as an alternative to driving ranges, Topgolf is an inclusive, high-tech golf game aimed at golfers of all skill levels. There are Topgolf locations in several states across the U.S., and the facilities allow greater accessibility to everyone who wants an easy and informal pathway into the sport.

Here is a rundown of Topgolf, a definitive answer to the question—what is Topgolf?—and information on all the essential points you need to know on the accessible experience.

What is Topgolf?

Topgolf features climate-controlled hitting bays, paired with music and a full bar and kitchen. 

The three-story-tall range contains several dozen bays which can be rented by the hour. Players’ shots will be relayed back to their bay screen showing the accuracy and distance of each ball. 

Akin to a bowling alley, each bay is your own private driving range with waitstaff that will provide you with food and drink from the brand’s extensive menus. Up to six players can play per bay, depending on which game you choose.

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What is Topgolf?: Can any skill level play?

Yes! Whether you’re a scratch golfer or picking up a club for the very first time, Topgolf is an experience EVERYONE can enjoy. No experience is needed, and all age groups can participate.

What games can you play?

Topgolf offers a range of different games and even gives recommendations for the best games for you to enjoy depending on your group’s skill level.

The signature game ‘Topgolf’ (aptly named), consists of players scoring points by hitting balls (assigned using the brand’s microchip technology) into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn.

There are another three games for beginners, four intermediate games, and three more advanced options.

What sort of food and drink options are available?

While you play, players can take advantage of the loaded food and drink options. From burgers, wings, nachos, and sandwiches, to injectible donut holes, Topgolf will have you covered. You can also drink as you play, with a full range of beer, wine, and spirits menu available.

Can you bring your own clubs to play?

Absolutely. Club rentals are also available at no extra charge.

How much does a bay cost per hour?

State-dependent. You also need a membership to play, which costs $5. Prices are then per bay, not per person. Prices in Las Vegas, for example, range from $33-$78 per hour. You will need to find your local Topgolf venue for exact costs.

What locations can you play Topgolf in the U.S.?

Topgolf is open in cities in the following states: 

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indianapolis 
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan 
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico – Coming Soon
  • New York – Coming Soon
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Philadelphia
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia

Hopefully, this is all the information you need to answer the question, “What is Topgolf?” But for more information and to find your local Topgolf center, you can visit Topgolf.com.

 

 

 

 

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  2. Rich

    Jun 30, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    It’s a symbiosis.

    TopGolf is an excuse to drink.

    Drinking is an excuse for your play at TopGolf.

    The article reads like advertising; like a press release run without critical review.

    The good is very good, the service is excellent, and it’s fun to play with your friends. It’s not terribly expensive compared to other forms of entertainment, but it is very expensive if you consider it a practice range. Don’t.

    If you’re in a group of non-golfers, don’t bring your own clubs. You’re not impressing anyone and you come off as entirely too serious. Besides, and here’s a big one:

    The ball flight isn’t the same. Not just “range ball” different, but really different. I’d say two clubs shorter, but not consistently so. Each ball has within it an RFID chip, which affects both distance and accuracy.

    So have some nachos and a beer, have fun with your friends. And remember, Hogan found it in the dirt, not at TopGolf!

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PGA Tour reveals full list of winners from 2021-22 season’s Player Impact Program

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The results of the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR season’s Player Impact Program have been revealed.

The total prize pool for the PIP has been increased from $40 million last season to $100 million and is now spread out between 20 players instead of 10. However, the PIP now offers more than just financial incentive. The top 20 players in this year’s PIP standings will be invited to the 12 “elevated events” on the 2023 calendar.

As revealed by the PGA Tour, the PIP winners and their bonuses are as follows:

  • 1. Tiger Woods $15,000,000
  • 2. Rory McIlroy $12,000,000
  • 3. Jordan Spieth $9,000,000
  • 4. Justin Thomas $7,500,000
  • 5. Jon Rahm $6,000,000
  • 6. Scottie Scheffler $5,500,000
  • 7. Xander Schauffele $5,000,000
  • 8. Matt Fitzpatrick $5,000,000
  • 9. Will Zalatoris $5,000,000
  • 10. Tony Finau $5,000,000
  • 11. Collin Morikawa $3,000,000
  • 12. Shane Lowry $3,000,000
  • 13. Kevin Kisner $3,000,000
  • 14. Max Homa $3,000,000
  • 15. Billy Horschel $3,000,000
  • 16. Rickie Fowler $2,000,000
  • 17. Adam Scott $2,000,000
  • 18. Jason Day $2,000,000
  • 19. Patrick Cantlay $2,000,000
  • 20. Viktor Hovland $2,000,000

The fact that Tiger Woods won the PIP despite playing in just nine competitive events proves that his presence in the game of golf will always be what moves the needle as long as he’s involved with the PGA Tour.

Max Homa also sees Tiger winning the PIP on a regular basis going forward barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Collin Morikawa, who finished eleventh for the second consecutive year, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

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Changes to the famous 13th hole at Augusta National appear to be complete

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Azalea has changed.

The famous par-5 13th hole at The Masters, the scene of many an eagle and considered a gimme birdie for many of today’s big hitters, has been lengthened. And we don’t need to wait for the 2023 media release to find out how.

For the 2022 tournament, Augusta chiefs were hoping to reveal changes to the 11th and 15th holes, but were beaten to it by @EurekaEarthPlus who have now become the go-to for mid-season changes to the course.

Yesterday, the drone revealed for the first time how much work Augusta has carried out on the 13th, and it hopefully stops the drive onto a favouring sloped fairway and short iron into the green.

The tee box appears to have been taken back around 40-50 yards and offers more of a closed chute to the drive. This should create more thought to positional play off the tee, and a longer second shot – another effort to stop the first major of the year becoming a long-hitters paradise.

It was March last year when we saw the initial amendments to the course. It’s November this time.

Is it ever too early for Augusta news?

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Iconic piece of Tiger Woods memorabilia goes up for auction

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Tiger’s coming back, and the golfing world can’t wait.

It may only be the 20-man Hero World Challenge, and then a couple of made for-tv events, but the sight of the 15-time major winner is enough.

The mere name puts a shiver down golf enthusiasts and when Tiger memorabilia is available, expect utter madness.

Earlier this year, GolfWRX reported on the auction of the 46-year-old’s Grand Slam clubs, sticks that eventually sold for over $5 million, and now the same auction house is offering one of the famous red shirts worn by Tiger at Augusta, this one from the final round of 2010.

According to Ryan Carey of auctioneers, Golden Age Auctions, the shirt has a little extra, being the only Masters Sunday shirt available:

“We believe this is the only Sunday red from a Masters Tournament that has been auctioned, and the others might not surface. The shirt is signed by Woods. Normally that would help the price a tiny bit, but I think it helps even more with this one. It has a massive inscription that says ‘2010 Masters Final Round,’ and Tiger doesn’t autograph stuff like that very often. It’s a huge autograph, too. This one is special that he did that.”

The shirt is also the first Sunday red donned by Woods following the infamous sex scandal in 2009 that saw Tiger take an extended break from the sport.

Strangely, Woods-connected items have not always been a big mover.

Various back-up Scotty Cameron putters have sold for between 80k to 100k, but signed scorecards from the US Open failed to make their $100 reserve.

Golf balls, though, now there’s a thing.

The ball sunk for victory at the 2005 Masters sold for over $30k, whilst standard signed Nike balls continue to surpass their first bid by some way.

Tiger may be a huge name in golf, but can he attract the sort of attention of the huge worldwide megastars.

Carey hopes so.

“Game-worn sports memorabilia, especially items photo-matched to a memorable moment or historic event, are setting records all around the world this year,” he explained. “A Michael Jordan jersey recently sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s, and a Diego Maradona soccer jersey recently sold for $9.3 million.”

The auction started yesterday with an opening bid expected of $5k, and with no way of knowing how the market will go, this could be the perfect time to ramp up the ‘he’s coming’ news.

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