First Look: Swing into the new Topgolf in Baton Rouge

The wait is nearly over for everyone who’s been peering off I-10 to watch the former Tinseltown transform into Topgolf.

Louisiana’s first Topgolf location held a private event Wednesday night to show off its food, drinks, event space and, of course, iconic golf range.

Officials wouldn’t unveil the exact opening date just yet, but they plan on sending out a press release Monday, Jan. 7, announcing its grand opening.

“We are really excited that Baton Rouge is first [for Louisiana],” says Topgolf Director of Sales Tanya Bennett, who added that they’d anticipated an opening from mid to late January. “Clearly word has gotten around. Our phones have been blowing up. It’s been wonderful. We’re expecting to be popular, and I think Baton Rouge is ready for this.”

The three-floor venue features 72 golf bays complete with tables or couches, an easy, interactive touch screen to get your games started, and overhead heaters for the few cold months in Baton Rouge. Each bay can host up to six players at a time with a variety of games that challenge players to hit certain targets on the expansive green.

Both men’s and women’s and left- and right-handed golf clubs are provided at each bay. You can also get food and drinks delivered to your table or sit at one the bars on the first and third floor lined with plenty of flatscreen TVs similar to what you’d find at any sports bar.

“About half the people that come to Topgolf have never picked up a club,” Bennett says. “We are more than just ‘Go get some food, swing some clubs and (drink) beer.’ It’s a whole experience, and it’s a memorable experience. People are going to come here, and it’s unlike anything they’ve ever experienced.”

Topgolf’s food and drinks will mirror the standard menu found at other locations of equal size. It includes everything from wings and burgers to charcuterie boards and flatbreads, as well as some sweet treats including injectable donut holes, which you can fill with several sweet options.

The drink menu will feature most standard spirits, wines and beer, along with some Topgolf originals like the Pineapple Punch Golfbag or Topgolf Tea.

“Because we are a national chain, people come to Topgolf and they know the brand,” Bennett says. “With that being said, people have certain expectations. People want to have the same experience here that they want to have in Houston or anywhere.”

Topgolf’s Baton Rouge location hired 350 new associates for its opening, and the space allows for much more than just a few fun hours on the colorful golf range.

Bennett says the venue can host events for up to 800 people, with private event rooms available to rent. They provide event packages for birthday parties or corporate events that include food, drinks and golf and allow for live music bookings on certain levels.

Topgolf also hired an on-site director of instruction who will provide private lessons on location, as well as summer camps for kids and sometimes even entire golf tournaments.

“The beautiful thing is you won’t ever get rained out,” Bennett says. “It’s an experience for everyone. If you’re really trying to create an experience for your employees or for clients, you can’t beat Topgolf.”

Check the Topgolf website’s page for Baton Rouge for the latest information on the grand opening.