The township's zoning board has approved the golf and entertainment company, bringing it one step closer to a potential opening.
Posted Fri, Aug 18, 2023 at 4:02 pm ET|
PARSIPPANY, NJ — Golf lovers might have a new place to practice their swing.
Last week, the Parsippany Township Zoning Board approved the site plan for Morris County's first Topgolf location.
Topgolf, which mixes golf, technology, and entertainment, currently has two open locations in New Jersey, with the nearest one being located in Edison.
According to the application, the golf and entertainment company is looking to build its newest location on Route 46 East, next to Smithfield Park. If approved by the planning board, the development would call for the demolition of all four of the vacant office buildings along the highway.
Todd Waldo, a Topgolf representative, first presented the plans in Parsippany in December 2022. The site plan includes a three-story, 67,500-square-foot facility that has a full restaurant and bar, along with 102 hitting bays.
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Waldo also stated that with the approval of this project, the township would be creating approximately 400 jobs when the venue is fully operational and 200 jobs during the construction period. He also stated that the business would be able to generate more than $1 million in revenue for the property.
When discussing the project back in December, several Zoning Board members discussed their personal experiences at Topgolf, stating that the entertainment section of the business was surprising for a sports complex.
"You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy Topgolf," Waldo said.
Some board members were concerned about the possibility of light disruptions since the outfield where patrons hit golf balls is illuminated with multiple lights. Waldo responded that, while the lights do remain on for up to two hours after closure, they may be dimmed, so they are not a concern.
Despite the Zoning Board's clearance, it could still be some time before families can book a weekend trip to Topgolf. The location has to be reviewed by the Planning Board, and construction time has to be considered.
However, to pique your interest for the future, here are some things Topgolf has to offer.
There will be 102 outdoor, climate-controlled hitting bays spread across three levels at the Parsippany facility. Each bay contains high-top tables or lounge-style furniture, making it perfect for group outings. The location has advanced technology from Topgolf, which tracks each golf ball's trajectory, distance, and other statistics.
Topgolf also claims to take "not golf" extremely seriously. That's why each location includes a full-service restaurant, a rooftop terrace with fire pits, more than 200 HDTVs, music, and year-round family-friendly programming.
Private event rooms and an outside area with backyard activities are also available for team excursions, family gatherings, meetings, or almost anything else players want to celebrate.
Each golf bay is priced by the hour, with fees varying based on the day and time of day, plus a $5 one-time membership charge for new players. A bay may hold up to six players, officials said.
If you're not a golfer and don't own any clubs, don't worry; you can use any Topgolf club for free while playing. Clubs are available for men, women, lefties, righties, and kids of all ages.
For more information on Topgolf, click here.
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