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:
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:
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.
Service is excellent - all of the staff are friendly, enthusiastic, and seem to want to make sure you have an enjoyable time at Topgolf.
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!
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.