Topgolf is finally coming to Minnesota

What's Topgolf?It's a high-tech driving range – with drinking, eating and music.
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It's official: Topgolf is finally coming to Minnesota. 

The company said this spring it was hoping to open a Topgolf in the Twin Cities, and on Friday it confirmed the plans. Topgolf will take over a 65,000-square-foot location at 6420 Camden Ave. N. in Brooklyn Center (the former Regal Cinemas) in late 2018. 

The idea behind Topgolf isn't necessarily to improve your golf game like a traditional driving range. 

It's all about having fun and playing a game with a group of friends – no matter how good you are at hitting the ball. Oh, and there's drinking. And eating. And music. 

How does it work? 

There are hitting bays like a traditional driving range, but they back up to a lounge and bar area where people can order cocktails and food from a "chef-driven menu." 

As for the golfing part, players hit a ball that's microchipped towards different targets that are placed at a variety of distances out in the range.

Those microchipped balls then register the distance and accuracy of the shot, and send a score to the TV screen in your hitting bay. 

The hitting bays are completely covered (heated in the winter, with misters in the summer), but you'll be hitting at targets that are outside, a spokesperson explained to GoMN. 

Topgolf also has different leagues, tournaments and lessons available, and it says about half of Topgolf visitors consider themselves "non-golfers." 

It'll bring jobs – and visitors

Topgolf's founders say 450,000 people are expected to visit the Brooklyn Center location in the first year it's open.

Plus, Topgolf says it'll create 500 new jobs, and it's economic output in the city is expected to exceed $264.5 million over 10 years, the release says. 

For more information on Topgolf, click here

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