Top Golf with Kids
I took the kiddos to the new Top Golf in Birmingham, Alabama, and I have to say, we had a great time.
Honestly, I was expecting a driving range, but it was so much more than that. Imagine going bowling with your friends or family, but instead of bowling, you are golfing. There are several tables and chairs (some sofas) where everyone can sit and wait their turn (or eat and drink). There are speakers playing fun music from all decades, and there are pool tables and Foosball tables to kill some time if you do have to wait for a table. It is a very fun atmosphere.
Top Golf uses a microchip technology – basically, each golf ball has a computer chip that measures where your ball goes, how far you hit, etc. There are a few games to choose from – some games require you hit certain targets, and some see how far you hit and how close you get to flags on the field (see GAMES Below).
The nice thing about Top Golf is that you get a host/hostess who explains the rules and helps you set up your account. They also come by to check on you and will bring you any drinks or food you would like. They also will bring you some kids’ golf clubs if there are children in your party.
One side of the building is like a hotel that has been cut in half. Each section faces out to the field with the targets.
Simply choose your game on a touch-screen and sign in the names of your players (only six players at a time, per table). When it’s your turn, slide your club over a spot on the dispenser. Then your ball (with the microchip) comes out. All you have to do is hit the ball.
Top Golf offers a variety of games, and we chose the Top Golf game since it was our first visit. We hit the golf balls trying to hit certain targets on the field to earn points.
- The Basic Top Golf– Score points by hitting targets
- Top Scramble– Play on teams for the top score
- The Top Pressure– Three levels, hitting nine sections in the yellow target without hitting one section twice.
- Top Chip– A short game where you earn points for hitting the correct targets.
- The Top Shot– Tests your accuracy, you choose your target at first then you’re challenged to hit other targets.
- Top Score– Earn extra points when you hit the farthest target and the closer you get to the center flag.
- The Top Contender– This game is only available for events, leagues and the Topgolf Tour
- Top Drive– This games is for those who want to hit the farthest targets.
Food & Drink
Photos Above: Burger with Fries, Chocolate Chip Cookie Smore’s, and a HUGE Chicken Sandwich with Tater Tots (served in a cute frying basket).
We actually ended up eating at the restaurant inside Top Golf since we hadn’t made a reservation (for the game) and had to wait for our Que to open up (and we were STARVING). The food is casual with a slightly sophisticated flair. They serve burgers, sandwiches, salads (Gluten-Free), flatbread pizzas. The kiddos also found several options on the kid’s menu.
I didn’t get a picture of the Jumbo Pretzel Board, but here is a photo from the website:
Above photo via
The board consists of a HUGE Pretzel topped with Genoa salami, jalapeño sausage, prosciutto, pepper jack & cheddar cheese, gala apples, red grapes, blackberries, and candied pecans. My favorite part was the spicy Dijon and the beer cheese sauce that is served on the side.
Top Golf also has a bar in the restaurant, and I think the first ten pages of the menu is alcoholic beverage options. So, if you want food or drinks, there is something for everyone, and the food and drinks are served in the restaurant/bar area as well as the golfing Que’s.
See full Menu HERE
Top Golf Locations (As of December 2017)
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Huntsville, Alabama
- Nashville, Tennesee
- Alpharetta, Georgia
- Atlanta Midtown, Georgia
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Orlando, Florida
- Tampa, Florida
- Roseville, California
- Centennial, Colorado
- Gilbert, Arizona
- Tuscon, Arizona
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Naperville, Illinois
- Woodsdale, Illinois
- Fishers, Indiana
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Nashville, Tennesse
- Hillsboro, Oregon
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- West Chester, Ohio
- Edison, New Jersey
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Allen, Texas
- Austin, Texas
- The Colony, Texas
- Dallas, Texas
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Houston, Texas
- San Antonio, Texas
- Spring, Texas
- Webster, Texas
- Alexandria, Virginia
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Loudoun, Virginia
There are several Top Golf Locations that will be opening soon. See the full list HERE.
Top Golf Info
I have to say that Top Golf is a great place to take kids for a few hours of fun. Some of my friends have been on weekend night, and they have noticed that the later times are more of a “party” or “club-y” atmosphere. We have only visited during the day since it’s less expensive.
Here in Alabama, it costs each person $5 for a Lifetime Membership, or you can opt for a one time use membership which is also $5. You get a membership card and it can be used each time you visit so that you don’t have to pay the $5 again.
If you visit between 9 am and noon, the cost to play is $25 per hour for up to 6 people. Between noon and 4 pm, the cost is $35 per hour for up to 6 players. From 4 pm to midnight/ 2 am, the cost is $45 per hour for 6 players.
We golfed for about 2 hours, but noticed the kids losing their interest shortly after the first hour. Top Golf offers an option to play for 1 1/2 hours, and I think that’s the option we will choose next time.
If you have a Top Golf near you or see one in a city you are visiting, you might want to give it a try. I think you and the kiddos will love it like we did!
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