Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Get ready, Augusta. We're getting closer and closer to the opening of Topgolf.
Topgolf officials, including company COO Craig Kessler, was at the construction site at Riverwatch to show off plans and renderings of the final product.
For a place known across the world for golf, it's only right Augusta gets a Topgolf, according to Kessler.
"'Why not Augusta?' would be the question," Kessler said. "This is a city that has done so much for the game of golf. It's a place that is revered all across the world."
Excitement has been building for the opening of the golf and entertainment complex since it was announced last year.
Kessler said the Topgolf coming to Augusta isn't ordinary. In fact, it's the first of its kind.
"This is a Topgolf venue that was built with purpose to create a sense of community," Kessler said.
It's a first for many reasons -- like its outdoor common area with lawn games, fire pits, mini golf course and live music stage. First for its sports area with 50 big screen televisions and high end food and drinks. First for its top tracer technology tracing the flight path of the ball. First for its virtual golf courses, allowing players to play on courses around the world. And first for it's one-level concept with just 36 hitting bays.
"As we created a design for Augusta, we wanted to recreate a place where most of the energy happens," Kessler said, "and we are totally confident that when guests see this up and running, they'll feel the same way too."
Not everyone is happy it's only one level. Many of you commented on Facebook our post saying, "That's bottom golf, not top golf" and "this is just an ordinary driving range." But Kessler says it's far from it, and you can see for yourself for the first time during Masters week -- a week he promises will not disappoint.
"In the coming weeks, we'll release more details on the plan for Masters Week," Kessler said. "But just know this, we intend to create such a fun, high energy, exciting environment to compliment all the wonderful things that happen the week of the Masters."
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