TopGolf International Inc. plans to build a 65,000 square-foot, golf-themed entertainment facility featuring 102 driving bays near Quail Springs Mall.
Construction on the venue is to begin this year just southwest of N Western Avenue and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike. The Oklahoma City venue would be TopGolf's 16th location, after driving range developments in San Antonio and Tampa, Fla., announced earlier this month.
Oklahoma City will be the smallest market that TopGolf has entered since its founding in 2000, said Randy Starr, the company's chief development officer.
“We've been looking at Oklahoma City for a while and are excited to pull the trigger,” Starr said. “We have a sizable economic impact for the cities that we are in.”
TopGolf has land under contract for the new development, and the company hopes to break ground this spring on the development. The location was chosen for its accessibility, Starr said.
TopGolf's Dallas location has been open since 2007 and some of its busiest days are during the weekend of the OU/Texas football game, Starr said.
The Oklahoma City TopGolf will feature a full-service restaurant, bars, 4,000 square feet of private event space and a rooftop terrace.
TopGolf projects the Oklahoma City location will serve about 425,000 visitors during its first year. The project is expected to have a $31 million fiscal impact on the local economy, according to numbers produced by TopGolf, which included direct sales tax revenues, property and business taxes.
The company expects to hire about 400 to 450 people to operate the facility, with 100 of those hires filling full-time jobs.
TopGolf is funding the Oklahoma City development through the company's private investors, along with the help of EPR Properties, a $3.4 billion real estate investment trust.
Dallas-based TopGolf was founded in 2000 and has 10 locations that serve more than 2 million customers each year. Players hit golf balls containing a computer microchip that tracks each shot's accuracy and distance, while also awarding points for hitting targets on an outfield.
Each TopGolf location features climate-controlled driving bays, along with food and beverage service.
Cathy O'Connor, president of the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, said that while she thought TopGolf was a great development for the city, it was unlikely that the company would be able to receive any economic incentives from the city for the project.
TopGolf hopes to have its Oklahoma City location open by the spring of 2015.