TopGolf Lafayette enters preliminary permit phase for construction on 12 acres adjacent to Costco – Lafayette development

Well, well, TopGolf of Lafayette is officially in the preliminary permitting stages as of November 18th for construction of a new TopGolf recreational facility on a 12-acre property at the corner of Crescent Ranch Blvd and 400 Block of Lake Farm Road between Costco & Lord Medical Center.

TopGolf ranks as the third most desirable company on our Wish List (See the list here) behind Trader Joe’s and Buc-Ee’s.

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If you didn’t know, TopGolf is a leisure-based golf course that offers guests a loveable golfing experience closely related to bowling for families. They offer a restaurant and bar, bay table service, usually a rooftop terrace with outdoor seating and fire pits, private event space, and more than 200 televisions throughout the facility. Comparing that to a typical golf driving range designed for low-cost putting practice would be an inaccurate comparison. Golf professionals are not going to TopGolf to improve their golf game; They will improve their social game.

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View a 1:1 scale map overlay below showing how we expect TopGolf to build on the 12-acre property using the Katy, Texas location. Fun fact, TopGolf usually builds its facilities with the front entrance facing the west sun so that the sun isn’t in guests’ faces while they play. This trend is reflected in the example below.

The rumblings of TopGolf started late last year along with the already announced Dave & Buster’s. You can imagine how excited we were to hear the rumbling sound, even though it was really early. Earlier this year (2022), land surveys were conducted, and not long after we received leaked documents that TopGolf and Dave & Buster’s were in talks to purchase a property in the Ambassador Town Center (aka Costco Development). These documents also included many other potential companies. In June of this year, Dave & Buster’s entered the initial permitting stages, and as of November 18th, TopGolf is doing the same. Usually, when the permit is filled out and approved, the project is given 6 months to start construction. In these cases the permits are apparently under ‘review’ until the closing of the land sale.

We reached out to TopGolf earlier this month (November 10th) in hopes of direct confirmation. Their response is as follows:

“Thank you for reaching out! We don’t have any updates to share right now,” said TopGolf Press. “We probably won’t until 2023!”

Even after the passes became public, they didn’t have any information to provide at this time. At least it looks promising, even with 2023 mentioned in their response!

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For now, while we wait for land to close and permits to be approved (fingers crossed), we’ve decided to research what TopGolf looks like for a city the size of Lafayette. If you browse through the TopGolf sites on their website, you will notice that most of the cities that TopGolf enters have large populations, usually over 500,000 residents. However, as the company has grown, they have entered smaller markets that have the power to draw populations. Cities like Baton Rouge, while not small, have about 200,000 residents with the potential to attract other nearby cities and towns, including New Orleans, Hammond, and more. Another city more comparable to Lafayette that has a TopGolf facility is Waco, the Texas location of 140,000 residents. The site in Waco is much smaller with its single-level 30-hole setup compared to the typical 3-level, 70+ bay setup of larger cities. There may also be a tiny bit of the “farmhouse” aesthetic that Waco is known for.

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We’re not positive how TopGolf might look in Lafayette at the moment. It could be 1 level, it could be 3 levels, but the fact of the matter is that Lafayette is on its way to having a large, well-known entertainment facility with the potential to attract customers for several hundred miles due to Lafayette’s unique geographic advantages.

Finally, it’s important to note that this is still not 100%, but we’re forever optimistic.

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