Waco: Topgolf targets city for backyard-style venue

Topgolf confirmed Wednesday it plans to open what it describes as a backyard-style venue with climate-controlled hitting bays, yard games, fire pits and picnic-style dining in Waco. (Company rendering)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Topgolf confirmed Wednesday it plans to open what it describes as a backyard-style venue with climate-controlled hitting bays, yard games, fire pits and picnic-style dining in Waco and two other cities.

Topgolf confirmed Wednesday it plans to open what it describes as a backyard-style venue with climate-controlled hitting bays, yard games, fire pits and picnic-style dining this spring in Augusta, Ga., and has plans for similar facilities in Waco and Chattanooga, Tenn.

The company did not say when or where the Waco facility would be built.

"This new venue format provides our guests with the same Topgolf fun, but in a new and innovative environment," said Topgolf Entertainment Group Chief Executive Officer Dolf Berle.

"Everything about these open-concept venues has been purposefully designed for energy and entertainment.”

The Waco City Council voted in July 2019 to approve $5.3 million in sales and property tax incentives for the development of a $15 million entertainment complex that could include a coveted Top Golf franchise and a Topgolf spokeswoman later confirmed the company was "exploring potential expansion in the Waco area for a local Topgolf experience," but had no further comment.

Plano-based Cinemark Theatres confirmed in February 2019 it would build the new 14-screen theater in the mixed-use development, which will include retail, residential and office space.

The developer, NewQuest Properties, was promising a Dave & Buster's or Main Event-type place, too.

Topgolf players hit micro-chipped golf balls at targets on an outfield and the closer the ball gets to the center of the target, the more points earned.

The Dallas-based company was founded 20 years ago in Watford, England.