by Alex Woods
One of the hottest new hangouts is the top-ranking golf entertainment facility, Topgolf. With two locations in the metro Atlanta area — Midtown and Alpharetta — this one-of-a-kind golf complex has caught the attention of singles, couples and families alike; celebrities — Chipper Jones, Ed Sheeran, Usher — have even been spotted working on their swings.
The special golfing facility was actually created in London, England, by two brothers who wanted to improve their golf game by knowing how far and how close to the hole their balls were. Now with over 30 locations worldwide, everyone from the most skilled player to novices have the opportunity to hone their skills on a 240-yard outfield with 11 targets and personalized microchipped balls. They even offer interactive private and group lessons.
“Topgolf eliminates a lot of the traditional barriers to golf — that it’s too expensive, too intimidating to learn and too time-consuming,” explains Jamie Uhlir, the director of operations at Topgolf Midtown Atlanta. And with an atmosphere that instantly elevates spirits, there is no wonder why it has become such a popular place. “We see a very wide range of guests, from avid golfers and families to corporate teams and young professionals” Uhlir says.
The latest music resonates throughout the three-story building, multiple bars serve top shelf drinks, and not playing a game is perfectly acceptable. Plus, with a staff of 75 kitchen associates, most of their food is prepared by scratch daily. “Topgolf is a social experience, and sharing great food and drinks with friends and family is at the heart of most social experiences” the Topgolf director tells us. “People may come for the games, but we want them to stay for the culinary experience.” Open until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends, it really is the perfect alternative for a night out on the town. “We want our guests to have the best times of their lives! In an ideal world, we’d also love to convert non-golfers into golfers,” Uhlir admits.
It’s like your all-inclusive country club with a modern twist. Head to Topgolf’s website to book your first of many trips.
1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW/
10900 Westside Parkway