CRANSTON, Rhode Island – After almost three years of planning and with much anticipation Topgolf Rhode Island officially opens October 6, with golf aficionados ready, willing and able to visit the impressive $40 million sports and entertainment complex located along Sockanosset Cross Road.
Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins said it’s been a long time coming but finally here.
“People will come here, they’ll shop in the city, they’ll play golf, our tax revenue is only going to increase,” Hopkins said in an interview with WJAR TV 10. “So it is part of our marketing for job development and economic development and a lot of people from Cranston have already gotten jobs here to work so it’s a win-win for the city.”
The massive structure features three floors, with 34 hitting bays on each floor, totaling 102 hitting bays, with a three-story food and beverage operation. There are bars and large-screen TVs for watching sports with friends, family, and more.
Topgolf says this is its 91st outdoor venue, employing about 400 employees and the square footage is one-third the size of a typical Walmart Super Center.
Depending on the time of day, rates range from $40 to $62 per hour, per hitting bay, which comfortably accommodates six people.
The Topgolf entertainment complex in Cranston recently changed its name. Originally named “TopGolf Providence” it is now “TopGolf Rhode Island.”
“It’s a really cool looking place and before seeing this place I’ve only seen photos online of other Topgolf facilities,” said Kingston resident Nick Burro, who plays regularly at Laurel Lane GC. “It’s a convenient location and I suspect it will attract many non-golfers who want to enjoy the food and beverage aspect. After all the hype, I’m glad Topgolf is finally here and will be a great attraction to the area.”
Construction projects might interfere with driving to the Cranston property which can be seen from miles away because the poles holding the netting rises some 120 feet. There are three ways to drive into the complex, two of which are ready. Route 37 and Pontiac Avenue have been torn up for more than a year, but there are signs of progress. Topgolf data show more people will come to the facility during the afternoons and evenings, when there may be less traffic.
Steve Gardino said he’s visited Topgolf in Orlando and enjoyed the experience and that it will be nice to have one in his state.
“I’m a huge golf fan and having a place like Topgolf to have a night out and watch some games and get some bar food is guaranteed to be a good time,” said Providence native Steve Gardino. “Now that cold weather is coming, I’ll be here swinging a golf club.”
On the web: Topgolf.com/…Rhode-Island