Topgolf Allen Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

Golf - Private Course · · Par 72
Allen
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Date Last Played: October 18, 2015

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Topgolf Allen Review

Review of Topgolf in Allen Texas

Ok, you're right - Topgolf is not a golf course but it's so much fun and has a lot of the characteristics of a golf course (targets to aim for, drives that can go nowhere, a token bunker, several ways to bet, good food and drink, the use of golf clubs and golf balls, and more) that I'm including Topgolf in our list of Texas Golf Course Reviews. 

For those of you who have never played or heard of Topgolf get off the couch and round up some friends and head over any of the Topgolf locations for an enjoyable time.  Topgolf is basically a:

  • a three story covered climate controlled driving range with dartboard like targets in the ground that you try to hit microchipped golf balls as close to the center of the target to receive points
  • a restaurant serving a variety  of very good appetizers, entrees, and deserts
  • a sports bar with beer including several craft beers, mixed drinks, wine and soda
  • private golf bays for 1 to 10 people with excellent food and beverage service - no waiting for the cart lady
  • a recreation and entertainment complex with games, 225 TVs, meeting rooms, music, and lots more

Topgolf started in England and today there are 20 locations, 9 of which are in Texas, and they are opening 10 locations a year. Allen with the first Topgolf in Texas and it was recently renovated and remodeled and some of what you'll find at the Allen Topgolf incudes: 2 bars, games (pool, shuffleboard, a giant Jenga, video games), 3 stories with 92 golf bays, rooftop terrace, beer garden, restaurant, and several meeting rooms suitable for corporate events, birthdays, or reunions.

All that is great but what makes Topgolf special are the golf balls have microchips embedded in them that keep track of your score - the closer you get to the bulls-eye on any of the dartboard-like targets and the farther out you hit one of the targets (up to 220 yards out!) the more points you receive.  And your score is tracked on a computer in your golf bay - making it easy (and honest) to tell who is winning and loosing and who needs to buy the next round. 

In addition, there are 10 games that you can play, for example:

  • TopPressure - test your touch and accuracy by hitting all nine sections within the yellow target
  • TopScore - the closer to the center of the farthest targets, the more points you're awarded
  • TopChip - uses just the red target (five shots), yellow target (five shots) and green targets (10 shots) and if you hit the correct target you score points, hit the wrong one and your points disappear

Whether you compete with the games or just go for an evening of drinks, camaraderie, and to hit some golf balls, everyone from 5 to 95 and pro golfers to first timers will enjoy Topgolf.  You can bring your clubs or use the free Callaway clubs - mens, kids, womens, and left or right handed. 

While you're hitting the ball a very friendly wait staff will serve you drinks, appetizers, or some tasty food. Appetizers range from queso to nachos to wings (some of the best I've had) to spring rolls; some of the fresh cooked entrees include: wraps, tuna or club sandwiches, or a Vietnamese sandwich, salads and flatbreads, burgers, kids meals; and there are the desserts included injectable donut holes, ice cream sundaes, and sensational s'mores.  Or come for a brunch of brunch with Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Chorizo & Egg sliders.

If you want to learn to golf or sharpen your game, there are two pros who offer individual lessons, clinics, and group lessons. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope

Course Information

Fairway Condition
10.0
Bunker Condition
10.0
GPS:
No
Course Map
Beware of water on holes and the 1 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.5 out of 10
Beauty:
7.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
7.0
Fun to Play:
10.0
Value:
9.5
Condition:
10.0
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:
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Service is excellent - all of the staff are friendly, enthusiastic, and seem to want to make sure you have an enjoyable time at Topgolf.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking. 

 

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