January 20, 2020
Our Take on Topgolf’s Mini-Golf Course: It’s Teerrific
By: Leslee Oliver
Richmond got an exciting Christmas present last month when Topgolf announced the grand opening of their new mini-golf course and putting green. Out of Topgolf’s 54 locations in the country, it’s only the third Topgolf mini-golf course to open and Timmons Group got to provide site and civil services for it.
So what do you do when you see a 64-degree day approaching in January? You schedule a round of mini-golf with two project engineers to talk about the success of the project.
The two project engineers I met up with are Mitch Bowser and Brian Ditzler. Mitch and Brian been working with ARCO Murray on the Topgolf site since 2017, including the parking lot, the relocation of an on-site stream that was in the City’s floodplain, and the concrete channel needed to contain the 100-year floodplain.
In 2019, the site engineering for the mini-golf course began in what was originally planned to be an overflow parking lot.
This 14-hole mini-golf course isn’t like the typical course you’d play on vacation with windmills or artificial obstacles. Instead, this course is designed to mock an actual full size golf course that includes bunkers, flowing contours, and synthetic turf.
Designed by Burton Golf Design, the course provides a fun set of challenges technical enough for advanced golfers, but is still very inclusive for beginners (take it from me). The course was also required to be at least 50% ADA accessible.
On my last site visit to Topgolf when the 14-acre site was under construction, we toured a lot of the community spaces that Topgolf has to offer – their full service bar and restaurant, meeting rooms, large private event space, and rooftop terrace with outdoor fireplace. Promoting community is important to the Topgolf brand, and the mini-golf course aligns with their initiative.
This mini-golf course is like nothing else I have seen in the Richmond area. Grab your friends, grab a (canned) beverage from the Topgolf bar, and make this your next stop.