I'm a huge fan of TopGolf fans. A little redundant? Maybe, but let me explain.
I love TopGolf - I love all of our sites, from our homey first U.S. site in Alexandria to our most-recent and modern in The Colony. I love our Associates, who are so excited and eager every day. I love the concept of TopGolf - duh; and I love our fans - the people who love us back. I guess that's why I'm in the Membership Department!
As part of our celebration of 10 locations and 10 million visitors, we asked a few of our favorite (or favourite, depending on which side of the pond you're from) longest-standing Members from each TopGolf location some questions to get to know them even better. Meet them after the jump...
Member Since 2007 Occupation: Accountant Why I Joined TopGolf: I play golf and need a place to practice. The Dallas location is very convenient to where I live. I have actually practiced on this same property since 1992 when it opened as Scotty's. Favorite Menu Item: Wings Average TopGolf Score: I rarely play the games. Occasionally, I'll play TopChip. My best score is six targets on level two; I'm not sure how many points that is, but it put me number one on the daily leaderboard. TopGolf is Better Than: Watching TV, although you can also watch TV at TopGolf. Favorite Thing About TopGolf: My favorite thing about TopGolf Dallas is the social aspect - just hanging out with my friends while doing something that I love - hitting balls. I also enjoy the association with the wonderful personnel at TopGolf Dallas. In addition, TopGolf Dallas maintains a grass tee area, which is really nice when I want to practice off of real turf.
Member Since: May 2013 Occupation: General Manager of Mr. Sticker, a vehicle emissions/smog testing and state inspections station throughout the state of Texas. Why I Joined TopGolf: The thrill of the new experience! Favorite Menu Item: Hands down: the Mushi Average TopGolf Score: 160 TopGolf is Better Than: Marriage! Favorite Thing About TopGolf: Thomas visits almost daily because everyone remembers his name, and during the day he feels all the Associates provide the hospitality and customer service he requires to conduct meetings, visit with clients, strategize with employees and simply have FUN!
Member Since: January 2012 Occupation: Investor Why I Joined TopGolf: To practice. When I walked in for the first time, I was so impressed I bought a membership. Favorite Menu Item: Smokehouse Burger Average TopGolf Score: 144 TopGolf is Better Than: A practice range. Favorite TopGolf Memory: When I got a hole-in-one in the white target!
Occupation: If it were up to me, I would say my occupation is having as much fun as I can each day, but my accountant says my occupation is an investor. Why I joined TopGolf: On my first visit to TopGolf, I knew my dreams of playing golf again had come true; (Doctor had recommended I stay off the golf course and out of the sun.) Thirty minutes later, I was one proud Platinum Member. Favorite Menu Item: My wife thinks the Hot Wings are the best in Austin. My 5-year-old grandson is crazy about the Sliders. But when I get a "hankering" for New Orleans cuisine, I gotta have the Shrimp and Grits. Average TopGolf Score: Because I am a mathematics kinda guy, I compute my averages based upon one standard deviation for number of balls that miss the target in a 20 shot sample - not score. My standard deviation for misses ranges from: less than 1 on the front targets to a 3 on the back targets, excluding the fence. The most improvement I have made is in the volatility, which has gone from a 3 to a 1. These stats show me that with practice TopGolf, has greatly improved my consistency at hitting the targets. TopGolf is Better Than: According to my wife: chocolate ice cream. My grandson: almost as good as being with his Grampy (I made that up). And to me: better than not being able to play a game you are passionate about. Favorite TopGolf Memory: My wife says: the Toga Party. My grandson: Beating his Mimi and Grampy at TopScore. My favorite memory is seeing the look on my grandson's face the day he hit his first drive into the Green Target (90 yards). From that day forward, he has been hooked on TopGolf and now shares my passion for the game. The cherry on top of my Platinum Membership is: My grandson's parents also like TopGolf as much as we do. Now my golfing experience is a total family event!
Member Since: 2008 Occupation: Management Consultant Why I Joined TopGolf: To exercise and learn. Favorite Menu Item: Breakfast Burrito Average TopGolf Score: 125 TopGolf is Better Than: Any other option for after-work fun Favorite TopGolf Memory: The TopGolf staff dealt superbly with a couple who were suffering from dementia.
Member Since: July 2009, when I bribed my wife to let me do it Occupation: Photographer Why I Joined TopGolf: I was there all the time so it just made sense. Plus, I needed lessons, and Matt Vinge (Associate) improved my game immensely. I went from mid 90s to low 80s. Favorite Menu Item: Tough one, but TG Sunrise Burger just edges out Feta-Spiked Turkey Burger Average TopGolf Score: When I'm trying to score and not just practicing: 175 TopGolf is Better Than: My mother's meatloaf (and I love that meatloaf) Favorite Thing About TopGolf: TopGolf is a place that is made for everyone. It's for the experienced golfer and the beginning golfer. It's for parents teaching their kids how to golf. It's where a person like myself can come to practice while his wife is having a great time with her friends eating and drinking. It's a place to bring friends and have parties. It is the ideal place for a great time if you like golf or not. I have brought many people here, and every time we leave, they want to know when we can go back. I've had my bachelor party here and helped friends throw surprise birthday parties. I even won an entry into a poker tournament to WPT (World Poker Tour) when you had poker on Tuesday nights. Some of my favorite memories are from TopGolf. My best friends and four members of his family used to go every Sunday morning, rain, snow or sunshine for over a year. Associate Chrissy Pryor is the best for putting up with us. Because of people like Tiffany, TJ, Matt, and Chrissy, it makes it a place I want to bring people to and show off.
Member Since: 9/9/2005 Occupation: Student Why I Joined TopGolf: I joined TopGolf because my brother used to come with his mates a lot. He brought me along once, and I absolutely loved it. I haven't stopped coming back since! Favourite Menu Item: It used to be the bacon bap waaaaaay waaaaay back when you still had that hideous green carpet. But now it has to be the Kobe burger with chili cheese fries! Average TopGolf Score: My average score is around the 130 mark. My brother is unfortunately a bit better than me, so I just try to keep up! TopGolf is Better Than: FIFA! FACT! Favourite TopGolf Memory: There was one day when I was about 14 when my mum dropped me and a friend off for the day, and we must have spent 4-5 hours at TopGolf just hitting balls all day! All we wanted to do was win that £500 prize, and eventually I got 30 points on the bonus ball!!! We ran inside to ask where my £500 was, only to be told there was another cup we needed to hit! So we went back outside and tried again!
Member Since: It opened (July 2005) Occupation: Postman Why I Joined TopGolf: Local, enjoy golf and was a member of the previous golf range and gym. Favourite Menu Item: Pro burger and chips Average TopGolf Score: 170 TopGolf is Better Than: Work Favourite TopGolf Memory Winning the charity competition (testicular cancer) excellent prize - a day at Brooklands Mercedes Benz. I received a driving experience, meal in a restaurant and overnight stay. Also, meeting one of the most fantastic "gentlemen," Mr. George Williams, who sadly passed away this year. He arranged many golf competitions; the course here is named after him. I had the great pleasure of getting to know him and we all miss him, a "Top Bloke."
Member Since: 4/10/2011 Occupation: Security Why I Joined TopGolf: To learn how to play golf Favourite Menu Item: Beck vier Average TopGolf Score: 185 TopGolf is Better Than: Sitting indoors watching telly Favorite Thing About TopGolf: Cheap membership