My first and only experience with golf consisted of my teenage YMCA counselor shaking his head in disbelief and telling me to stick to arts and crafts. So when my husband recommended that we go to Top Golf for an anniversary date, I was not thrilled. I’d heard good things about their food, however, so I decided to go along for the meal and beg to leave early if it was terrible.
I couldn’t have been more surprised with how much fun this place was. You could compare it to the experience of bowling, but it can be more fast paced. When you walk in, you get assigned a bay on one of the three levels. Each bay has a machine that feeds golf balls and a set of clubs for you to use. The golf course is a giant field surrounded by a net to keep the balls in, and the basic point of the game is to hit your ball into one of the giant targets located throughout the field.
When you start playing, you can choose between many different games to play, some geared more towards rookie or casual golfers and others for advanced players. Just like bowling, there’s a scoreboard that keeps track of points (using little chips in the balls) and sometimes encourages or taunts players based on their performance. During our date, I racked some points up and gave my husband a run for his money, all while enjoying the delicious appetizers and drinks that were served directly to our private table.
This place gets busy on the weekends, so I recommend either reserving a bay beforehand or showing up early with the knowledge that you may be hanging out at the bar for a little while. There are heaters in the bays, so you can stay pretty warm during the colder months. You can host an event here, sign up for classes through TopGolfU, or sign up for leagues to play in as well. Membership is required to use the facility, you can either purchase a one-time card for about $5 or subscribe to a 3 or 6 month unlimited plan.