Recently, Topgolf invited the Wander With Wonder team out to experience their Gilbert location. Since I’m the team’s Arizona Happenings Writer (seriously, it’s a sweet gig!), I made my way out to the East Valley with a little apprehension because, well, I don’t golf. The fear was short lived though as Topgolf is so much more than the traditional driving range. In fact, its marketing team dubbed it a “driving range on steroids,” and we couldn’t agree more.


Topgolf. Photo courtesy Mick Talbott

The Facility

A Topgolf spokesperson perfectly described the entertainment facility: “Topgolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout.”

Topgolf Hitting Bays

Topgolf Hitting Bays. Photo courtesy Mick Talbott

Topgolf’s Gilbert location is colorful and impressive. The facility is home to more than 100 hitting bays that plan three floors, more than 200 HDTVs, a first floor gaming lounge, a second floor main bar, and a third floor for even more entertainment.

Topgolf gaming lounge

Topgolf gaming lounge. Photo courtesy Mick Talbott

At night the putting green turns vibrant colors and each bay has its own heater if you’re playing a nighttime game.

Topgolf putting green at night

Topgolf putting green at night. Photo courtesy Mick Talbott

Even better? According to staff you don’t even necessarily have to be there to play golf; it’s a great hangout place as well.

Topgolf billiards

Topgolf has billiards and a game lounge. Photo courtesy Mick Talbott

The Game

I’ll let you in on a (not so secret) secret: to enjoy Topgolf, you don’t have to have any golfing experience. Or, you can be a pro. Either way, the Topgolf gaming experience is one-of-a-kind.

Topgolf automation

Everything at Topgolf is automated. Photo courtesy Mick Talbott

“You can challenge your friends and family to addictive point-scoring golf games that anyone from the hopeful pro golfer to your neighbor’s 7-year-old kid can play year-round,” according to staff. “Just picture a 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets in the ground. The closer to the center or ‘bull’s-eye’ you get and the farther out you hit your micro chipped balls, the more points you receive.”

Everything in the game is automated and electronic, and Topgolf even provides a variety of clubs to choose from. For those who might be nervous, your host or hostess will walk you through the entire process.

Unexpected deliciousness—the food!

One thing that took our team by surprise at Topgolf’s Gilbert location was the great food! Far from typical bar fare, there are a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts to choose from. I had the Mac Daddy, which is mac and cheese on top of a hamburger (yes, as delectable as it sounds) and the injectable donut holes (donuts filled with chocolate, raspberry jelly or Bavarian cream).

Topgolf food

Topgolf Mac Daddy. Photo courtesy Mick Talbott

We also had a variety of appetizers to start with—and I can’t remember one thing I didn’t like. While our team didn’t drink that night, I’ve heard their mixed drinks, beers and cocktails are equally as delicious.

Worth a shot…

Between the fun, casual, non-competitive atmosphere, the fun game and the delicious food, we believe that Topgolf is definitely worth a try for everyone from families to first dates.

Arizona has two Topgolf locations: 1689 S. SanTan Village Pkwy. in Gilbert and 9500 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. For more information, visit their website at


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