Looking for a driving range in Las Vegas? I was, and decided to check out Topgolf which is tucked directly behind the MGM Grand just off the Las Vegas Strip.
Typically, driving ranges are a pretty standard, bland experience where players hone their skills and get into game form for the next round. Instead, the focus at Topgolf is social and competitive in nature. Balls are tracked via microchip and you can chose between 9 different games. The most common option is “Topgolf” where players rack up points by hitting targets out in the range. Accuracy and how distant your target is determine how many points you score. Pair this game with copious amounts of beer and you can’t lose.
At Topgolf, it’s so much less about the golf and much more about the conversation, cocktails, food and socializing. Sure, if you are trying to straighten out your drive then this could be a great spot. It is also perfect for a double date, guys night out or the ideal spot to catch the big game. The venue will always have the game (or games) showing on one of their 500 total screens. The Yard area (pictured below) offers sports wagering, cornhole and seating in front of a massive set of screens.
Hourly rates for golf vary by time of day and what floor of the driving range you want to launch balls from. Bay rates (up to 6 people) range from $30-75 per hour on floor 1 and 2 and from $45-$90 per hour on the 3rd floor. Weekdays and early time slots are less expensive than the more busy nights and weekends. First time visitors will be charged a $5 registration fee.
If you don’t make a reservation and show up at a peak time, you will most likely wait 30-60 minutes for a hitting bay to open up. Grab a beer and relax. If, however, obtaining a bay quickly is a priority, a $50 reservation fee will move you to the top of the list. This is a fee in addition to the hourly bay rate.
*Las Vegas Locals can hit unlimited balls at Topgolf from 9am-Noon on weekdays for only $20 per person.
Each golf bay is climate controlled and has servers stopping by with the intent of connecting you with your preferred food and drink.
What blew our mind about the Topgolf experience though was the atmosphere, modern decor and things to do on site. There are 5 total bars (some with bartop video poker), 2 beautiful swimming pools with their own bar, yard games, shuffleboard, hundreds of HD TVs, VIP Cabanas and private suites along with various event and rooftop spaces. The two level pool is available to guests regardless of whether you are golfing or not, there is no cover charge.
I’m not a “kids in Vegas” person, but if you are one of those brave souls that tries to pull it off, Topgolf is a good spot for all ages and certainly a good entertainment option if you want to get away from the casinos for a bit. You’ll have a blast, even if you are not a golfer.
Lastly, there is a free shuttle that runs from MGM Grand to Topgolf (check schedule) however the walk will only take about 15 minutes.
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