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Topgolf Is Ready to Tee Off in Renton

The first legit Washington location arrives with summer in full swing.

By Benjamin Cassidy July 27, 2022

The exterior of Topgolf in Renton

Seemingly as big as a Boeing hangar, but much more fun.

Is Seattle a golf hub now?

It kind of feels that way recently. First Five Iron Golf and Bogey Boys arrived in one of the city's busiest neighborhoods to keep us dreaming of hitting the green even in the depths of the Big Dark. Now there's another year-round antidote to our fickle forecasts: Topgolf, the all-weather sports and entertainment behemoth, opens in Renton on Friday.

The company announced this week that the three-level, indoor-outdoor facility at 780 Logan Avenue North will debut with 102 covered hitting bays for people to sample its bevy of ball-tracked golf games. Multiple Swing Suite simulators inside, like the ones at the smaller Lounge by Topgolf on Google's Kirkland campus, can also hone drives and other sports skills.

It's this tech that made Seattle, "where tech is at the center of everything," a natural fit for the company's 78th global location and first full-scale site in Washington state, Topgolf chief operating officer Gen Gray said in a statement.

But another part of Topgolf's appeal is way more traditional: It's essentially a massive sports bar (see: TV wall) with a patio, bars, and rooftop terraces where someone who doesn't know a driver from a sand wedge can still have a nice little Saturday crushing nachos and Bud Lights during a Seahawks game. For the golf-averse who regularly have foursome FOMO on weekends, it's potentially a gateway to their friends' favorite pastime.

Swing Suite simulators at Topgolf.

The Swing Suite simulators are birthday party catnip.

Tucked between Boeing production buildings and the Landing shopping area, the Renton Topgolf hews to the company's tried-and true model. Groups will swing away at targets like they're at a driving range, with TVs and lounge areas behind every bay. Inside, they'll find something new at this location: a skylit atrium with yard games, music, and more screens.

Bays are priced by the hour daily and can accommodate up to six people; reservations aren't required but are definitely a good idea for groups of seven or more.

Club rentals are complimentary, the company notes. And, not incidentally in the golf world, there's no dress code.

Sounds like it'll fit right in around here.

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