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I know that it has been talked about some before, but I wanted to start a general topic for general experiences, stories, etc.

I have been there once before with my coworkers from my last job (parks worker) and we are going again today in a couple of hours. The first time I was there I had a generally fun time, with small gripes (their clubs, under-weighted balls) but that was last year before I started taking golf any kind of serious. I am planning on bringing a few select clubs (probably 4, 7, pw), but I am not sure that I want to bring the Nikes out. I think I might go with my old Sam Snead Blue Ridge blades with the original leather grips just for funsies. It's either going to be that or my Ping Eye 2s. I won't get that many swings in most likely because it is more social and my friends will be taking their time drinking, eating, and joking around. I haven't swung a club in 2 weeks, so I am not expecting much this time, but I am glad I will get at least some full swings in before the years end.

What are your stories? If you have been, will you go back? I'll leave you with this picture. Caption: "When you are going to TopGolf with coworkers and you are a 18 handicap"

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I've been to the Topgolf in Auburn Hills, MI twice.   The first time with my regular foursome.   To me it's a lunch party that happens to have golf.   The food is decent and the prices are fair. If you're going there for a golf experience, I believe one would be disappointed.  

That being said I don't regularly see my golf foursome during the winter and we are planning to visit Topgolf for a social event.  

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16 minutes ago, dennyjones said:

I've been to the Topgolf in Auburn Hills, MI twice.   The first time with my regular foursome.   To me it's a lunch party that happens to have golf.   The food is decent and the prices are fair. If you're going there for a golf experience, I believe one would be disappointed.  

That being said I don't regularly see my golf foursome during the winter and we are planning to visit Topgolf for a social event.  

It'll just have you guys anticipating even more...

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I've been to the one in Phoenix. It was fun, but we we on the second or third(?) level, and I couldn't take a single swing without feeling like I was going to fall off, so I was hitting everything off my back foot. 

My hands also sweat like crazy, so not having a glove was rough. 

But it was a lot of fun. Would do again. 

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28 minutes ago, Sandy Divot said:

The one closest to me is 1.5 hours away. Doubt I'll ever go.

They are building an indoor mini-golf/pub about a mile from me...

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1 hour ago, jamo said:

I've been to the one in Phoenix. It was fun, but we we on the second or third(?) level, and I couldn't take a single swing without feeling like I was going to fall off, so I was hitting everything off my back foot. 

My hands also sweat like crazy, so not having a glove was rough. 

But it was a lot of fun. Would do again. 

I think that's why the don't take running starts, a la, don't Happy Gilmore it warnings are there. Probably some people almost fell or did fall.

I guess it depends on the location, there are pool tables too, so if you don't feel like taking some swings, you could Fast Eddie it.

 

10 minutes ago, jmanbooyaa said:

Long Island, NY is getting one. Probably will check it out. 

The one on Randall's Island, it's been 1.5 years, nothing. Doh, sorry, that's Drive Shack. Never mind. They're all the same to me.

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I went to one in Denver.  Not my cup of tea. 

Definitely you don't want to go if your primary objective is golf.  It is more of a social setting.

I don't see myself going back.

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Meh

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon watching football, eating decent bar food and consuming adult beverages.  The “golf” provides a little more interest than just sitting in a sports bar, but it’s not all that...

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I like top golf.  It’s like a bowling experience with golf clubs.  So my non-golf friends will go. Expensive as hell though.

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Just now, nevets88 said:

I guess it depends on the location, there are pool tables too, so if you don't feel like taking some swings, you could Fast Eddie it.

The last time I was there, I didn't notice it. This time, as I was leaving, I heard the distinct clack of pool balls. I am far better at pool than I am at golf, but I didn't even look in on it. Ended up going to a doubles pool tournament afterwards, and me and my partner made about 150 each with a second place finish.

 

Just now, jamo said:

I've been to the one in Phoenix. It was fun, but we we on the second or third(?) level, and I couldn't take a single swing without feeling like I was going to fall off, so I was hitting everything off my back foot. 

My hands also sweat like crazy, so not having a glove was rough. 

But it was a lot of fun. Would do again. 

I have a decent fear of heights, but both times I have been was on the 3rd deck, and I never even felt close to the edge. Maybe different locations are a little bit different, but I would assume they have a pretty set template for how they construct them. The one I have been to is in West Chester, OH. I think I would go almost anytime I get invited with a group in the winter, but would probably never go during any weather that resembles golf season.

I had a pretty good time there today. I ended up bringing my Nike 4,7, and PW, but I didn't even pay attention to distances. Just found which target went with which club/swing. It was nice to get some full swings in, since it has been 2 weeks. Probably only hit 50 balls, because I was with 3 people that don't golf at all, and 2 that golf very minimally. It really is a social setting more than golf-centric, but completely enjoyable for me. I had 2 Blue Moon beers and hit 50 balls. My 1/6th of the time (2 hours) plus the beverages came out just shy of 24 dollars before tip. I didn't eat this time, and I had my ID card (5 dollar initial charge) from last time. I want to say that my bill was around 43 dollars that time.

I think that if you go into one expecting a real practice setting, you are setting yourself up for failure. But if you come in with an open mind and treat it like how a serious bowler would treat cosmic bowling, you can have loads of fun. Kick back, relax and enjoy watching non golfers swing a club (maybe for the first time) right next to those who have been doing it for years.

P.S. There was a group of guys in the bay next to us that were part of a bigger group. Those four brought their full bags, and were having more serious competition with each other. Saw a Ping Eye 2 1 iron in one of the bags, and almost tried to buy it off the guy because I think they are awesome. Don't be afraid to bring your own clubs in, even if you are with a bigger group of non golfers. Some people will say that's a "try hard" move, but it is really nice to have something familiar, whether that be a whole bag, or just a few select clubs.

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Well I have a review of a Top Golf...Well sort of. We went to the top golf "suite" at the Silver Legacy in Reno, Nv. We had a reservation for 1 hr., and after 30 mins. I was glad I didn't book it for 2 hrs. When we got there, about 5 mins. early, there were 2 guys, aka. (ass hats), there with their full cart bags, with a towel, and all the accessories. I made a point to watch their swings figuring, hell anybody that's gonna bring what they had has to be good right. Wrong. Anyways, on a scale of 1-10 I would give the following...Driver, and 3W, I would give a (4). The irons on the other hand I would give an (8). The ball I would give a (2). Launch monitor (7). The tee (3), it was a little to short for a driver. We were originally going to get an appetizer, but quickly realized we didn't want to be grabbing clubs, the ball, the tee, and then touching the food. Also people would come by and watch, but they would be standing behind the couch where we were sitting. Just felt like they were hovering over you. That was another reason we didn't get food. Just seemed weird trying to eat with people coming and going, and watching from that angle. Overall experience (3). It didn't feel like a "suite" at all. We wont be going back. BTW this was with my family. I went back to gamble around 9 p.m. so I poked my head in for a few minutes and watched 6 guys cussing, yelling, and high fiving one another if one of them got the ball off the ground. So I wouldn't go there after hours with kids. It turns into more of a sports bar.

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My buddy wants to go to one of the new TopGolf facilities available near Pittsburgh or Cleveland since we are located about halfway between. But, yeah, it doesn't seem like a serious place to just go and practice your swing! 

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Topgolf is Topgolf. It's not a driving range. Don't think of it as going to a driving range and you'll have fun.

I went once with my friends who aren't really golfers, had a few drinks, hit some balls with really bad clubs. I'd totally go again.

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Family outing in San Antonio.  Fun but not golf.  We will likely do it  again some time in the future during a visit to the grandkids in TX.

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