Topgolf will open the doors to its first Arkansas venue — by reservation only — on Monday (May 25) at 10 a.m.
Natalie Bickel, the national director of operations for the Dallas-based entertainment company, confirmed the news Thursday to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. The venue in Rogers was originally scheduled to host a grand opening March 20, but the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic forced the company to temporarily close all of its U.S. properties.
Topgolf reopened the first of its 54 U.S. venues May 11 in Oklahoma City, with additional health and safety requirements. A handful of other U.S. venues are also now reopened.
Topgolf in Rogers has a capacity for 1,000 people. The company will regulate the number of patrons inside the building, primarily with free online reservations at this link to minimize crowds in the lobby and adhere to state regulations for large gatherings.
Guests will also be asked to wait in their cars and not congregate if the venue is at capacity, with text messages indicating when a hitting bay is ready. Six-foot social distancing measures will be in place throughout the lobbies, with a safety barrier at the check-in desk to mitigate person-to-person contact. All guests will be informed of the new safety measures on arrival.
The tees in the side-by-side hitting bays are spaced 11 feet apart, and 8-foot by 8-foot dividers are installed between every bay for added safety. No more than six guests will be permitted in one bay.
The venue will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. A list of safety measures and other questions related to Topgolf reopening its venues can be found at this link.
Topgolf sits on an 11-acre site at 3919 S. J.B. Hunt Drive in Rogers, south of the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP). The company announced plans for the development in May 2018.
Topgolf is leasing the land on South J.B. Hunt Drive from Rogers developer Hunt Ventures. The longtime development company is headed up by businesswoman and philanthropist Johnelle Hunt. The majority of the property was previously used for parking by patrons attending concerts and events at the Walmart AMP.
Topgolf’s last grand opening this year was Jan. 17 in Germantown, Md., marking the 58th Topgolf venue in the world and 54th venue in the U.S. The company launched in the U.S. in 2005.