By: Gabe Gilliam
8787 Park Lane, Dallas, Texas Hours: Sun-Thurs. 9 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Admission: $35 adults, $15 18-years and younger (see website for details as prices vary depending on the day and time)
- Photo Credit: http://www.topgolf.com/dallas
Growing up, skee-ball was one of the most maddening and yet enjoyable games to play. I am sure you remember skee-ball, the game where you try to get a small ball into one of many concentric circles for different amounts of points. Now as a grown up, golf is one of the most maddening and yet enjoyable games to play. TopGolf, in an act of ingenuity and gaming creativity, has brought these two games into a glorious union. With two locations in the Metroplex, Dallas and Allen, TopGolf is one of the best ways to have some fun this summer. TopGolf’s accessibility and easiness to pick up make it a great night out for the guys but also can be an extraordinary night of fun for families or a date night.
It is a little bit hard to explain the experience and the sheer fun that comes from playing TopGolf but I will give it a try. Every participant must become a member of TopGolf for one year but this is very easy and relatively cheap ($35 for a one-year membership and every dollar goes towards purchasing games) and it is necessary to playing the game. Once you become a member, you get a card that you can charge up with cash (each game costs around $5-$6 dollars depending on the time and day). After charging up your card with enough money to play a few games, you head to the closest ball dispenser, swipe your card and then you will receive twenty golf balls. Here is where TopGolf is different from your run-of-the-mill driving range, each ball has an electronic chip that now carries your name. With your balls in tow, you now head to the three hundred yard driving range and look out at what appears to be a massive skee-ball course. There are nine different sets of concentric circles (which are flush with the ground- like the cup at a real golf course- only bigger/deeper and more of them) spread around this massive driving range, each with varying levels of available points if you hit your ball into one. The game now begins as you compete for a high score, which is kept electronically at your station, by trying to chip, drive, and loft your balls into high-scoring holes.
There are so many ways to try and explain a TopGolf experience but really the best thing you can do is to go check it out. If you are a thorough investigator, the media tab on the TopGolf website offers enough pictures and videos to convey the gist of what you are getting in to. Don’t be afraid or intimidated by your lack of golfing skills because while this course is huge, the scoring holes range from ten yards to 300 yards apart with everything in between. With that in mind, if you whack the ball with any gusto, you are likely to score a few points every time. For the more advanced or competitive gamers, the electronic station allows you to play specific games where it tells you which set of holes to shoot towards.
In addition to the accessibility and ease to pick up, TopGolf makes for an outstanding night out because of its food and drink options, as well as its ability to cater to private parties with full service. Every stall in the driving range is covered and is attended by food and beverage servers, so you can beat the heat in the shade with a tasty beer or soda. You can bring your own golf clubs but they have plenty to loan out for free. In order to play TopGolf, all you really need is to your wallet and competitive appetite for some fun, but beware, this game is addictive.
Gabe Gilliam is an avid outdoorsman and pastor at Fellowship White Rock. He lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.