Whether your family’s golf skills are on par with Arnold Palmer or more along the lines of Happy Gilmore, a new golf-centric entertainment complex opening Aug. 3 Chesterfield is sure to be a hole in fun. Topgolf St. Louis, a multi-level golf complex, is a high-tech experience designed to make golf accessible to all ages and skill levels.
Players hit balls from covered outdoor golf bays toward a target on an expansive central green. Each bay seats up to six players and can be configured to accommodate larger groups. The balls, which are equipped with microchipping technology, score players based on accuracy and distance for a game that Topgolf Event Sales Manager Beth Blackmon describes as a combination of golf, darts and bowling.
Overhead fans help keep bays comfortable on hot summer days. For golfers needing a fix in the middle of winter, the bays are equipped with heaters that raise the outdoor temperature by 30 degrees; holes are also heated to quickly melt off snow. Topgolf is open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For those wanting to make a night of it, Topgolf also offers a full-service restaurant with an extensive menu featuring sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, pizza and more. A rooftop patio offers sweeping views of Chesterfield Valley; large umbrellas offer ample shade.
According to the Topgolf website, 16 percent of visitors to the franchise nationwide are ages 17 and under. Though a bar and upscale atmosphere are certain to make the complex a draw for professionals and adults seeking a night out, Topgolf is also working to carve out a niche as a family entertainment destination.
“If they can swing a club, they can play,” Blackmon said.
Topgolf will offer family passes, half-day golf clinics, private classes, camps and birthday parties. Note that there is a steep drop from the golf bays on the upper level, so families with small children should stick to golf bays on the lower level.
Topgolf St. Louis will be the 42nd Topgolf location nationwide, and the first in the State of Missouri. Topgolf St. Louis is located at 16851 N. Outer Rd., Chesterfield, MO. For more information about activities for families, visit the Topgolf Kidzone.