Eagerly anticipated TopGolf opens in Augusta

Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 9:09 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - After months of waiting and gawking at the construction off Riverwatch Parkway, the collective dreams of golf fans in Augusta have finally become a reality.

TopGolf has finally opened its doors.

The outdoor sports venue has been eagerly anticipated over the year after the announcement of the complex in 2019.

But with the postponement of the Masters and the COVID-19 pandemic, the original opening date was pushed back. The extra time gave the facility more time to prepare and come up with safety measures to prevent an outbreak of the virus.

“From a golf standpoint, it’s the home of the Masters,” Nick Treadway of TopGolf Augusta said. “I mean, what other place would you want to be when it comes to having our concept.”

There are 36 hitting bays, but TopGolf officials say they are only allowing six people per bay due to COVID-19. Employees will also be disinfecting golf clubs, golf balls, and high-touch areas.

“We are naturally social distant. We have 10 feet from our tee to tee, so that allows us--and we are an open air environment,” Treadway said.

But back to the facility itself, and, of course, the fact that it’s only one level. TopGolf officials say they wanted it to be one level to help flow with their outdoor common area to give it a community feel.

The facility boasts fire pits, mini-golf courses, a live music stage, and 50 big-screen televisions alongside an array of food and beverages.

“We’re going to have live music and DJs, and we really want to make a backyard feel and a nice social setting,” Treadway said. “What better place to do it than Augusta.”

Riverwatch is growing quickly, and it’s just down the road from the Augusta National Golf Club.

”It makes it exciting for sure. You can see other businesses. Some apartments and things developing up around us. Obviously, you want to be where that’s happening. So, hopefully, we can contribute to that aspect of the community,” Treadwell said.

Developer Jordan Trotter says the Dave and Busters project at Riverwatch is stalled while they work to reopen other locations across the country.

The fun is set to begin at 10 a.m. Friday.

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