Brooklyn Center’s Topgolf Celebrates Grand Opening This Week
The game of golf usually depends on good weather. But on a gloomy, overcast day in Brooklyn Center, a little water won’t rain on the parade of those wanting to enjoy the Twin Cities’ newest attraction.
“I know the state of Minnesota has been clamoring for Topgolf for years now,” said Amy Struve, marketing manager for Topgolf.
The Brooklyn Center location is a 65,000-square-foot sports and entertainment venue, complete with a full service bar and restaurant, three levels of hitting bays, and a computerized scoring system that’s similar to darts.
“Based on other venues and other markets, the excitement we’ve seen in this market goes well beyond the openings of other markets,” Struve said.
Non-Golfers are Welcome
The goal is to hit the ball toward one of several targets. Then the computer will track your score. But if you’re someone who’s never hit a golf ball before, they say that novices plan to make up a huge part of their clientele.
“More than 50 percent of the people who walk through our doors have never played golf before,” Struve said. “And that’s one of my favorite things about this place. We’re really introducing the game to people and just bringing fun and memories and moments that matter into people’s lives.”
For the avid golfers out there, Topgolf provides them an opportunity to strengthen their game year round. Each of the venue’s 102 hitting bays has industrial-sized heaters, so golfers can practice their swing in the dog days of winter.
“I’m one of those guys that would probably come out and give it a whirl,” said Ricardo Lopez of Coon Rapids. “Just say ‘hey, let’s go try Topgolf just to see how comfortable it is.'”
Lopez came out Thursday morning with a group of friends during Topgolf’s soft opening. So far, he likes what he sees.
“I’d say it’s exceeded my expectations,” Lopez said. “I’ve seen it on YouTube. Even on the Facebook website. And then when I got here I was like, ‘wow, it’s really nice.'”
Making Brooklyn Center a Destination
The hope is that the rest of the Twin Cities will feel the same way.
“We are bringing tourism to the Brooklyn Center area, and we could not be more excited to do that,” Struve said. “Topgolf is a destination. People are driving from all over the metro area to come here.”
As for cost, prices are based on an hourly rental fee for each hitting bay. Prices range from $25 to $45 per hour, depending on the day and time you visit. A total of six people can be in a bay and split that hourly cost.
Topgolf will stay open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and midnight the rest of the week.