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Topgolf coming to Little Rock, mayor says

The Topgolf Entertainment Group has plans set in motion to introduce it's technology-enabled golf entertainment experience to Little Rock, Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to Topgolf, they are in the works of creating a new home in Arkansas.

The Topgolf Entertainment Group has plans set in motion to introduce it's technology-enabled golf entertainment experience to Little Rock, Ark.

This would be the second Topgolf venue in the state of Arkansas. 

The multi-level venue would be located within the Little Rock city limits, the company said, and will offer the brand's signature experience.

Topgolf venues feature a chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs, flexible private event spaces and music in outdoor hitting bays.

"We are thrilled to be bringing Topgolf to the capital of Arkansas and planning to join this vibrant community," Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway said. "As we look to expand the Topgolf in the state, Little Rock is the perfect place to do it." 

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said in a tweet it’s been his goal to recruit Topgolf to Little Rock since he first reached out to them on Twitter in 2018.  

"I'm glad we're finally now, after three years, are able to share this news," he said.

"Topgolf is coming to Little Rock! It’s been my goal to recruit Topgolf to our city since I first reached out to them on Twitter in 2018. This popular golf and entertainment venue is a welcome addition to our community, and its selection of our city demonstrates that Little Rock is a great place to live, work and play. Topgolf will bring hundreds of jobs to Little Rock, and it joins a long list of economic development projects that have improved our quality of life and place over the last three years."

Mayor Scott is teeing up a victory as Topgolf confirmed their plans to come to Little Rock.

"It's a statement when you have this type of quality of life in place, venue of entertainment that decides to come to your city," he said.

Topgolf said this venue would create approximately 300 full and part-time job opportunities upon opening.

Mayor Scott said we don't know exactly where it's going to be just yet and despite what some may think, it won't take the spot of the old War Memorial Golf Course.

"We don't like to see Little Rockians travel to other cities to have fun. We want them to be able to have fun right here in the state's capital city," he said.

It's a similar sentiment that's shared by Little Rock Regional Chamber CEO, Jay Chesshir.

"It's great news from a tourism standpoint, from a quality of life standpoint, and from an economic development standpoint," he said.

Chesshir said based on numbers from other cities, the golf franchise could bring in $25 million annually for the city.

"It becomes a centerpiece to give someone an opportunity to come to Little Rock, a reason to come, then they'll do other things while they're here," he said.

Whether people come to play golf, or just hangout with friends, Mayor Scott is optimistic this is a hole in one for the city.

"From a destination retail standpoint, Topgolf adds to the list and we want to continue to bring more jobs, but more destination retail to the city of Little Rock," he said.

Since the company is still deciding on where they're going to build in Little Rock, Mayor Scott said there's no word yet on when golf fans could tee off. 

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