Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | 2 a.m.
Golf? The focus is on pools, cabanas and fun, among other things, at Topgolf Las Vegas, an entertainment venue set to open in May on Koval Lane and Harmon Avenue near MGM Grand.
Bryan O’Reilly, Topgolf Las Vegas partner, and Johnny McMahon, Topgolf Las Vegas director of operations, led a tour Monday afternoon of Topgolf Las Vegas, set to be parent company Topgolf Entertainment Group’s flagship location at 105,000 square feet on 8 acres.
Dominic Crespo, Topgolf director of construction, joined the tour on the second level of the four-level complex that features interactive golf games (Top stands for target oriented practice), a concert venue, five bars, two pools, multiple cabanas, two luxury suites and event spaces all for as many as 3,000 guests.
For the uninitiated, players at Topgolf hit Callaway golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s distance and accuracy while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each game includes 20 golf balls for lengths ranging from 25 to 200 yards.
Not to worry, though, if you’re not a budding Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy.
“This is not a driving range,” Crespo said. “It’s a place where horrible shots are applauded. It’s a blast. Everything is Las Vegas-sized. We are stepping up our game.”
“Every day in here is a new day. It’s incredible,” said O’Reilly. “The views become more amazing as you step up” to the upper levels.
Facts and figures during Monday’s tour:
• The entrance is on the second level, as are the concierge, lobby and retail area.
• There are 108 hitting bays split at 34, 34, 33 and seven over four levels.
• A three-story chandelier made to pay homage to the outfield targets and golf balls will dance to music and lights.
• A concert area includes two-level stadium seating and one long screen composed of eight TV screens.
• The first and second levels are all-ages, and the third and fourth floors are for ages 21 and older.
• To preserve some Las Vegas history, bars from the Riviera, closed last May, were taken from the 60-year old Strip casino to be used at Topgolf Las Vegas.
• The third floor includes pools, VIP cabanas and the owner’s suite for relaxing and entertaining.
• The fourth floor includes the chairman’s suite, private restrooms and bars — “all the bells and whistles,” Crespo said.
• Hitting bays can be rented starting at $30 an hour and for groups as large as six. “It’s affordable fun. We’ve had three- to four-hour waits at other Topgolf locations,” Crespo said.
Topgolf will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
More than 8 million guests visited a Topgolf venue last year, and nine new venues were opened in 2015. For more information: Topgolf.com.
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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