Thursday, September 8, 2016

Top Golf with Kids in Austin

What is Top Golf?  Top golf is an entertainment complex where you compete against your friends and family in a unique game of golf.   Your golf balls have microchips in them.  You hit these balls out into a 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets in the ground.   The closer the ball goes to the center of the targets the more points you receive.   Your points are kept on a tv screen in the bay have selected.   All you have to do is pay attention to who is up on the screen, wave your club over a spot and out comes your ball, hit the ball and watch where it lands and then review the screen to see if you scored any points.

To get started everyone needs a membership card.  These cards are $5 each.   A onetime cost and are good at any Top Golf location.  Top golf balls know your name with the card plus the card keeps track of your score history from any game you’ve ever played.

You can bring your own clubs but if you are not an avid golfer like me you don’t own clubs.   Don’t worry you can rent clubs for free for men, women, lefties and kids.

Once you have a card and clubs you can proceed to your bay.  Each bay can have 6 players.   The bay has couches, tables, and servers to order food and drinks.   The bays are reserved at the front hostess stand.   The Austin Top Golf has 3 levels of bays.  Top Golfing with kids I recommend the 1st floor.    I did not want my kids running after a ball from the 3rd floor.   They have nets to catch you if you did fall but I did not want to risk it.   

Once at our bay we played 2 rounds (20 balls each) with 4 players in 1 hour.   We ordered some food.  I tried the fried pickles and the guacamole and chips while the kids had mini hot dogs.   THe food was okay.  You can order alcoholic drinks as well.  Top Golf has free Wi-Fi and tvs in each bay.  If you download the Top Golf app on your smart phone you can change the channel on your tv from your phone.    We all had fun even though my two little ones have never golfed.   We would go back again but remember the hours/ pricing as it doubles in price at night and mid-day on weekend.

When waiting for a bay or after you have finished playing you can check out the third floor, which has a bar, a stage for live music, corn hole and giant Jenga.   Also on the first floor there are video games, pool tables and a shuffle board table.

Mon - Thu: 9:00am - 12:00am
Fri: 9:00am - 2:00am
Sat: 8:00am - 2:00am
Sun: 9:00am - 12:00am

Price/Bay includes up to 6 players
$20/Hour - Monday -through Thursday, from Open -until 6pm
$40/Hour - Monday -through Thursday, from 6pm -until Close
$20/Hour - Friday -through Sunday, from Open -until Noon
$40/Hour - Friday -through Sunday, from Noon -until Close

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