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Topgolf breaks ground on second Denver-area location


By   – Reporter, Denver Business Journal

Topgolf — a golf entertainment company — has broken ground on its second Denver-area location in Thornton.

Expected to open in late 2019, the 65,000-square-foot building will have three levels featuring 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, a full-service restaurant and three bars, a rooftop terrace with fire pits and 3,000 square feet of private event space.

Last July, a judge halted plans for the facility after residents said the land was not properly zoned for the project.

The Dallas-based company was given a green light from the Thornton City Council back in August 2016 to build the facility east of Interstate 25, off 136th Avenue, next to Thorncreek Golf Course.

A lawsuit was filed by a nearby homeowner, who said that the 14 acres the project was planned to be on was not properly zoned for it. According to DBJ reporting, neighbors were concerned about the lighting and traffic.

Back in December, DBJ reported that Topgolf was looking at a new building site along Interstate 25 at East 160th Avenue, in the Larkridge shopping center.

Topgolf opened its first facility in Colorado in Centennial at 10601 E. Easter Ave. in August 2015. The Centennial facility features the same number of hitting bays, levels and private event space as the new location.

The Centennial location has been “extremely successful,” said Chris Callaway, Topgolf chief development officer.

Topgolf will create 500 full- and part-time jobs in Thornton, according to a press release.

“We are thrilled that Topgolf chose to build in the City of Thornton,” said Julie Jacoby, Thornton Economic Development retail administrator. “We look forward to the high quality entertainment this company will bring to our community.”

The company describes Topgolf as an entertaining way for people of all ages and skill levels to “come together for playful competition.” Microchipped balls instantly score players, showing the accuracy and distance of shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay.