Topgolf has an all around experience
February 07, 2017 3:01 AM
by Dave Dye
The idea originated in England, but it was really meant for Las Vegas.
Two British brothers practicing at a golf range got bored after hitting balls for a while one day and started brainstorming. The end result is the fascinating sports and entertainment venue called Topgolf, which opened its flagship location last May on eight acres of land behind the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
If you can’t find something fun to do at this place, it’s on you.
More than half of the people who visit Topgolf supposedly don’t even play golf. Some might not even pick up a club while there because there’s so much else to do.
The heck with the golf, that can wait. Let’s start with the food. They showed off Chef Chris Vaughn’s new “Locals’ Favorites” menu to the media last week.
Vaughn plans to change things every few months, inspired by the seasons.
Here’s what he’s currently whipping up as winter turns to spring: Grilled New York Strip with twice-baked potato croquettes and baby arugula ($26): The steak was great and the croquettes were a nice twist on the twice-baked.
Crispy Chicken Salad with cornbread croutons, blue cheese and BBQ vinaigrette ($14): The dressing was tastefully mild, not overwhelming. Burrata Cheese Board with arugula, honeycomb, tomato jam and grilled sourdough ($15).
Nice combination. The bread alone was a winner.
Topgolf Deviled Eggs topped with steak, bacon or crab ($7): I’m not a “deviled eggs” kind of guy so I passed, but sources say the steak ones are the best.
Vaughn also recently added three other items to the main menu, including a 7 Layer Dip ($9), a Spicy Tuna & Crab Stack ($18) and Chicken Boursin & Bacon flatbread ($14). All three of the dishes include the go-to, can’t-miss ingredient of avocado. My favorite was the flatbread.
Here’s the best advice I can give you: Save room for dessert.
We taste-tested the Injectable Donut Holes ($12) in which you use a syringe to fill the warm cinnamon-sugar donuts with raspberry, chocolate or Bavarian crème.
This must be why someone came up with the phrase “Eat Dessert First.” For a couple extra dollars, you can get the adult version with the chef’s “booze-infused” flavors to fill the donuts.
Another item that will catch your attention is the Silver Dollar S’Mores ($10), which are marshmallow-filled chocolate-chip cookie sandwiches.
As for the golf, the “top” in the name stands for target oriented practice. The balls contain a microchip that tracks accuracy and distance. You can make it a competition or just hit balls for the heck of it.
There’s no cover charge except for special events (for instance, $50 a day for the first three full days of the NCAA Tournament, March 16-18). The price to rent one of the 107 climate-controlled hitting bays starts at $30 per hour (up to six players). The rate goes to as much as $90 an hour on Friday and Saturday nights. Locals receive a 20-percent discount.
The four-level, 105,000 square-foot facility, which can accommodate up to 3,000 people at a time, also features a concert venue for live performances, five bars, two pools, cabanas, luxury suites and a Callaway Fitting Studio, along with more than 300 televisions, including four 28-feet-by-50-feet screens and a 14-feet-by-48-feet screen.
What’s more, you can play ping pong, shuffleboard and Corn Hole, not to mention place bets at a MGM mobile sportsbook during the popular sports-betting seasons.
They’ve got something for everyone, young or old, athletic or not.
For more information and to make reservations, visit topgolf.com.