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The state’s first Topgolf entertainment center is transforming an ordinary trip to the driving range into a fancy night out. The three-level, 65,000 square-foot facility, set to open in Edison this Friday, boasts 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, a full service restaurant, multiple bars and a rooftop terrace.
We got to check out the sprawling venue last week on a media night, where both adults and kids practiced hitting balls into a 215-yard outfield. The best part? Microchipped golf balls score themselves, providing players with instant feedback on each shot’s accuracy and distance on a computer screen in a private bay.
“The thing I love most about Topgolf is that it is truly for everyone; all ages, all skill levels, all year round,” Morgan Wallace, a senior communications specialist for Topgolf, told New Jersey Family. “About half of our guests are non-golfers, and many are coming in and swinging a club for the first time.”
We visited Topgolf with four kids, ages 6 through 12, who were given kids’ clubs to swing at a mix of colorful targets while music played throughout the venue. Each hi-tech golf ball popped up with a swipe of the club onto a dashboard. Heated bays kept everyone toasty on a frigid night.
Chef-Driven Food and Drink
We sampled everything from prime beef and mushi (cilantro sticky rice, drunken beans, spiced chicken, avocado, cheddar cheese and sour cream wrapped in a sushi-like jalapeño tortilla with sriracha) to injectable donut holes with custard, chocolate and raspberry filling.
Each bay features wait service and an HDTV with a remote you can control. The expansive menu features Southern fare, all American, Mediterranean, BBQ, surf ‘n turf and much more. The drink menu boasts a mix of signature cocktails (like Topgolf Tea made with classic Long Island iced tea, Tito’s handmade vodka, Bacardi rum, Bombay Sapphire gin and lemon), domestic and premium drafts, local craft beers and a chef-selected wine list.
Bells and Whistles for Grownups and Kiddos
Topgolf offers lessons (a special app helps you track your progress) and leagues. The kids can also play Xbox, pool and shuffleboard in a gaming area.
The facility offers a free club called KidZone, which includes contests, discounts and events for kids and families.
“Through our academy programs and fun holiday events, the program is designed to introduce children to the sport.” Wallace said. “I think kids will love how social we have made the game. It gives them the space to learn the basics, yet also enjoy great food, music and family time. I wish it was around when I was growing up.”
Bays are rented by the hour and allow up to six players. Hourly rates are $30 an hour from opening to noon, $40 an hour from noon to 5 p.m., and $50 an hour from 5 p.m. to closing. Clubs are included in the price. Topgolf is located at 1013 Route 1 in Edison. For more information, go to topgolf.com.