Topgolf gives sneak preview of new El Segundo golf course, driving range – Daily Breeze

Topgolf hit a drive straight down the fairway with its newest facility in El Segundo.

Topgolf Entertainment Group, which operates more than 70 locations worldwide, will open its second Southern California spot later this week on 26.5 acres formerly operated by the Lakes at El Segundo golf course. And on Monday, April 11, the sports-and-entertainment company offered a sneak preview of the revamped grounds, which boasts a redesigned lighted, 10-hole, par 3 golf course; a bar and restaurant; 102 all-weather hitting bays over three floors, nearly double what the Lakes’ driving range had; and community event and meeting spaces.

The new venue opens to the public Friday, April 15.

Topgolf is “revitalizing an older amenity with all the latest and greatest technology,” interim City Manager Darrell George said via phone Monday, “creating a whole new energetic atmosphere” compared to a traditional golf course.

“People are going to be coming from everywhere to partake in this,” George added. The venue is “attracting a much broader base of persons looking for entertainment and sports outings” to El Segundo.

Councilman Chris Pimentel echoed the excitement via email Monday.

“Finding fiscal stability in municipal golf courses has been a massive challenge for cities across the country – they close by the dozens,” Pimentel said. “We are elated to have found a way to improve the Lakes and put it on solid ground.”

El Segundo entered into exclusive negotiations with Topgolf in 2018 as the city sought to redevelop the golf course, which it owns.

The City Council officially approved plans for the facility in fall 2019. The coronavirus pandemic delayed work on the facility until early last year.

Demolition of the former facility finished in early 2021 and officials held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in April of that year.

To allow for the project, El Segundo leased the space to retail development company CenterCal Properties, which then subleased it to Topgolf. CenterCal also loaned the company around $ 35 million for the redevelopment; it had cost Topgolf at least $ 40 million for construction and improvements.

While some members of the community initially pushed back on bringing in Topgolf – concerned with how it would alter the golf course’s and community’s character – city officials touted the benefits to El Segundo.

The new venue will bring the city several million dollars per year, Mayor Drew Boyles said, and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the town annually.

The community, officials have said, could see more than 500 new permanent jobs, most of which would be full-time positions with benefits.

“Topgolf will provide a needed amenity in the business and hospitality sectors,” Pimentel said, “be a significant source of revenue to our recreation and parks, as well as anchor our pension funding strategy.”

El Segundo, according to officials, will make $ 100 million over the 50-year lease. And under the lease agreement, the city will receive:

  • $ 1.3 million in ground lease payments for the driving range per year, with a 10% adjustment every five years.
  • At least $ 200,000, or 3%, of gross beverage sales.
  • More than $ 50,000 in estimated additional sales tax, property tax, utility user tax and business license revenues.
  • $ 20,000 in ground lease payments for the golf course, a with 10% adjustment every five years.

The El Segundo course will mark the second Topgolf facility in the region. Last month, the company opened Topgolf Ontario, in San Bernardino County. The Ontario location is Topgolf’s 75th overall and third in California, after ones in San Jose and Roseville, according to a March press release from the company.

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