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The idea of mindlessly hitting faded driving-range balls out of little plastic buckets toward distant targets with no feedback is so 20th century, thanks to TopGolf, which, several years ago, took the once-mundane concept of golf practice to a whole new (and exciting) level. Now, with the recent opening of its new 65,000-square-foot, multistory TopGolf Allen, just north of Dallas (where a sister location exists), the owners’ golfing concept of family entertainment centers has officially been cemented in stone.

The total number of balls hit every day at TopGolf

What makes TopGolf unique is the embedded computer chip in each ball. Golfers aim for a variety of large targets placed at strategically different yardages; points are then calculated based on distance and where on the target the ball hits. There are a variety of game types to choose from, each with a different objective. Add two flat-screen TVs for each of the 94 hitting bays, along with a computer-based scoring system, chef-prepared meals, and personal food-and-beverage service, and it’s easy to see why TopGolf has quickly risen to the top for both social and serious golfing entertainment. Developed in London in 2000 and brought to America in 2005, TopGolf also has locations outside Chicago and in Washington, D.C. www.topgolf.com