Locals take new Topgolf attraction for a test drive

Devin McCall came in to hit some balls on his day off from Topgolf Myrtle Beach.

“I’m not a big golf guy myself, but I’ve watched it a couple of times,” the Coastal Carolina University graduate said of seeking help from other golfers on staff. “It’s growing on me.”

But it’s grown on Chris Caufield.

“I’ve been golfing for, let’s see, 40 years,” the Myrtle Beach resident said while honing his skills with an iron as others mill around the facility prior to the opening ceremony off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. “I’ve been watching it being built and waiting for it open. It’s better than a driving range.”

Swinging from the third floor, Caufield said there are few hills on Myrtle Beach area golf course tee boxes. He said by hitting the ball from an elevation toward a target, he could use a smaller club and achieve the same distance as hitting a larger club from the ground. Basically, he said, he can use an iron on the top floor and use a wood on the ground-level floor to achieve the same distance.

The Myrtle Beach facility features heated and covered bays giving the golfers, and aspiring golfers, a different kind of driving range experience.

The balls have tracking devices and as the balls are hit from one of the 72 bays toward targeted greens, the golfers can get a read out of the distance so they can gauge their swings for specific clubs. Theoretically the golfers will take that knowledge with them to play better rounds of golf.

In addition to the bays and greens, there’s a net to block balls from plunking cars and people on the nearby avenue in front of Myrtle Beach’s primary and elementary schools.

The three-story building features a few bars, scores of television screens, a pro shop with souvenirs.

Set starting prices are $25 for up to six people per bay and golfers can use their own clubs or those of Topgolf.

“I’m getting it, but it’s hard,” McCall said taking a swing and missing. “It’s harder than it looks.”

McCall works in the golf services division of the new facility helping groups get set up in their bays.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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