TopGolf Coming to ABQ 0

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Less than a month after a local startup announced plans for an Albuquerque golf entertainment venue, TopGolf – a national leader in golf-related entertainment – announced plans to enter the Duke City market.

TopGolf will build a multi-story golf driving range, restaurant, lounge and music venue on the site of the former Beach Waterpark near the southwest corner of the intersection of Montano Road and Interstate 25.

BigShots Golf, organized by a group of local investors, announced in mid-December it will build a facility along Balloon Fiesta Parkway, which runs west from Pan American Freeway to the balloon park and is a major entry and exit thoroughfare for balloon fiesta traffic.

TopGolf currently operates similar venues in 36 U.S. cities, with plans for 11 more. TopGolf also operates centers in Canada, Mexico, Australia, the U.K., and Abu Dhabi.

BigShots says it plans to hire 350-450 people. TopGolf says it will hire up to 325 people.


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Dan Vukelich, former editor of ABQ Free Press and Sun Country Golf magazine, is editor of He's a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at

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