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April 10, 2019

Where can you drive a golf ball 300 yards indoors? Try Kirkland

  • Topgolf is opening its first simulation lounge later this year at Kirkland Urban.
  • Images from The Beck Group [enlarge]
    Topgolf Lounge will have an outdoor patio.

    Four main hitting bays will simulate play on a golf course.

    Topgolf operates driving ranges paired with restaurants and bars at dozens of locations across the U.S. and in the U.K. But driving ranges require a fair amount of space, so Topgolf hasn't ventured into urban settings.

    That's all changing with Topgolf's latest development — its first Topgolf Lounge — opening later this year at the Kirkland Urban development at Sixth Street South and Central Way in Kirkland.

    The lounge replaces the driving range with hitting bays paired with virtual reality. The 7,761-square-foot Kirkland space will have five hitting bays, several large TVs and a lounge serving food and cocktails. One of the hitting bays will be reserved for special events and celebrity guests.

    Patrons in Kirkland will be able to compete in games like those found at Topgolf's outdoor driving ranges. Some of the competitions include chipping, target shooting, a scramble and longest drive. The hitting bays could also be modified for other sports, such as baseball, soccer and basketball.

    “Entertainment choices are evolving at the speed of technology and the Topgolf Lounge concept is on the forefront of the ‘eatertainment' movement,” said Topgolf Lounge President Ron Powers in a news release. “Topgolf Lounge guests will be blown away by our incredible bar, massive outdoor patio space and interactive sports games, making them feel like they are actually playing live. We are entertaining a myriad of partnership concepts across the nation, to bring this concept to life.”

    Officials from Dallas-based Topgolf were unavailable for further comment. The Beck Group was listed on renderings for Topgolf Lounge. A tenant improvement contractor was not listed.

    The DJC reported last month that Kirkland Urban's retail and commercial space was 90 percent leased, including a new QFC grocery opening in May. The mixed-use development is on 12 acres and includes nearly 1.2 million square feet of office, retail, residential and parking space. The developer is Ryan Cos. with Talon Private Capital as the local partner. CollinsWoerman created the master plan and Ryan is the general contractor.

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