High-tech, 3-story driving range could soon arrive in Richmond

Posted at 9:00 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 09:00:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. — A fast growing chain of high-tech driving ranges could soon land in the Richmond market.

Topgolf, a Texas-based company known to spend upwards of about $25 million on its 3-story golf and entertainment facilities, is on a rapid nationwide expansion plan and confirmed last week that it has Richmond on its list of potential markets.

“We are looking in the area and getting close to something,” Topgolf spokesperson Morgan Wallace said last week in an email, declining to give specifics on where in town it is looking.

The company, backed by venture capitalists, announced last month that it is searching for sites in small and mid-size cities. That comes after its successful launches of Topgolf locations in Virginia Beach, among other markets.

“Our openings in Oklahoma City and Virginia Beach have shown us that Topgolf can thrive in areas that are less densely populated than we had originally been targeting,” the company said in a release in March.

It said some of the new region under consideration include: New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.; Huntsville, Ala.; northwest Arkansas; Providence, R.I.; Ft. Myers/Naples, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; McAllen and El Paso, Texas and more.

For its plans in Richmond, Wallace would only say that Topgolf’s venues typically require 10-15 acres to build and are 65,000 square feet. Most Topgolf venues are three levels and include 102 hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time.

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