VIRGINIA BEACH – Employees lined the stairs to the entrance of the new Topgolf facility, instructing visitors on where to go. The lobby was full of more employees, cheering and welcoming guests to the facility’s soft opening on Dec. 21.
“It’s been all hands on deck,” Rachael Keshishian, marketing manager for the Virginia Beach facility, said about the preparations for opening day.
The three-level golf-entertainment venue, on Greenwich Road near the Newtown Road exit and visible from Interstate 264 with its soaring nets, officially opens Monday.
Topgolf features three levels of “bays,” each one able to hold six people. Balls and clubs are provided, but visitors may bring their own clubs. Golfers can request to play on a specific level if there is no wait. Professional golfers tend to like the lower level, according to Keshishian, because it is more similar to teeing off at a course.
Players can select one of nine games to play, all of which involve hitting targets that are illuminated at night. The bays are heated, so they can be used in all conditions, Keshishian said. There are hosts to serve food and drinks, and associates to make sure everyone is participating safely.
Inside the facility is a full-service bar and restaurant, with a menu that Keshishian described as more upscale than typical “bar food.” Among the specials will be “Mushi”, or Mexican-sushi. A roof-top sitting area with its own bar will feature events with bands and DJs.
Keshishian said a New Year’s Eve event could bring about 1,000 people to the venue between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. That many people would about max out the venue’s capacity.
Topgolf will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. It costs $25 for an hour between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., $35 for an hour between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., and $45 for an hour between 5 p.m. and closing.