Topgolf Entertainment Tees Up in Mid Pinellas

If plans proceed, the popular golf and dining concept, which has a Brandon spot, will cover 12 acres in the Carillon area.

BY SARA DINATALE
Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer

Topgolf, the popular three-story driving range and restaurant, could be headed to Pinellas County, according to a recent public filing.

Topgolf International, a Dallas sports entertainment company, opened one of its three-story combo bar, eatery and golf centers in Brandon five years ago. Documents filed Friday with the Southwest Florida Water Management District show plans for a similar golf center in St. Petersburg in a vacant lot near Carillon Parkway.

Topgolf could not be reached for comment.

The 12-acre property is between the offices of Catalina Marketing Corp. and Transamerica Financial Advisors. Transamerica owns the property, records show.

The filing to adjust a water management permit also includes construction plans. The proposed complex would be 67,521 square feet with about 3,800 square feet set aside for restaurant space. The Brandon location is a similar size.

The complexes are known for high-tech golf balls and climate controlled hitting bays. Their menu features American and fusion fare, cocktails and brunch specials. Locations usually have walls of TVs, pool and foosball tables, an outdoor terrace and special-event spaces.

Topgolf’s roots are in London, where founders set out to revamp the driving-range experience in 2000 by adding microchips to golf balls. Their idea evolved into a new game that sent balls flying toward targets to collect points.

In addition to its Brandon spot, Topgolf has locations in Orlando and Jacksonville, with two in the greater Miami area. The company has more than doubled its number of locations since opening its first Tampa Bay spot. Water management records filed in South Florida show the company also has plans for another Florida location in Lee County.

Last week, Topgolf opened its 54th location, in Greenville, S.C. Its locations average between 350 to 400 full- and part-time employees.

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