Reaching a milestone is always a good excuse to celebrate, but achieving two at the same time½.well, we're not one to brag... :)
With the 10th TopGolf site all but open and our 10 millionth guest expected at any moment, Sunday 17th November was the date selected to host our 10/10 celebrations. For us U.K. folk, there's a sense of great pride seeing TopGolf reach new feats. I mean, it doesn't seem that long ago we welcomed our first-ever guest to the first TopGolf location in Watford, England.
With that said, these parties were not just a celebration of what TopGolf has achieved, but a reflection of all the memories shared by Associates and guests alike. From great-tasting food and drink to wicked tunes and competitive fun, the night had it all! Let's get it started in here½
As the sun fell over each U.K. site, our Associates were busy adding the finishing touches to the 10/10-themed decorations. The buzz around the party was evident the moment you walked into each venue, with hundreds of balloons in centre and every Associate sporting a commemorative T-shirt; it was hard not to be curious about what the night would entail.
The party officially kicked off at 6 p.m. with the resident DJs playing all the latest tunes -- and some golden oldies too! Each guest was issued a raffle ticket, adding more mystery to what was about to follow, with one lucky Member being selected at random to shoot for £10,000.
So½the big moment½
7:45 p.m. and the DJ at each site stops the music, ready to announce the winning ticket, a pause in time which can only be compared to the silence before announcing the X-Factor winner. Our lucky challengers were:
Chigwell - David Barlow
Surrey - Waleed Jami
Watford - Phil Greene
With the moment of truth fast approaching, our lucky (but extremely nervous) challengers had the pleasure of spending 15 minutes with a member of TopGolf coaching to warm up their swing. With a crowd of guests surrounding the bays, pressure was building as the 8 p.m. tee time was almost upon them. Each challenger had one shot to claim the prize; all they had to do was shoot a hole-in-one in the blue target, 150 yards from the tee line.
The pressure clearly got to Chigwell's David Barlow who saw his shot barely reach the green target, but none more so than Surrey's Waleed, who sliced his shot far right, missing every target on its way. However Phil Greene from Watford can count himself very unlucky, shooting his ball agonisingly close to the cup, coming up short by a mere 2 yards! See for yourself here: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXqD57igpt4[/youtube]
Unfortunately, no one from the U.K. walked away with the £10,000 prize; however, there was some consolation with a selection of prizes given away to the challengers, including sports bags, Callaway golf balls and camping chairs to name a few.
The fun didn't stop there, with exclusive food and drink specials throughout the night. Guests enjoyed 'The Tribute' sliders, which included four hot dogs with ingredients representing TopGolf Alexandria, Texas, Chicago and the U.K.
In true TopGolf style, the party never stopped as guests continued to create new memories from their 10/10 experience. Each U.K. site hosted their weekly FIFA tournament for the keen gamers, and the DJ kept the atmosphere electric as guests enjoyed our drink specials on the night.
So, in honour of the theme, here are 10 things to remember from that night:
- Curry sauce on hot dogs is actually rather nice!
- It's better to go hard than to go home.
- Loud music improves your confidence.
- Silence increases nerve levels, especially before taking a shot.
- Sport bags are cool, but not as cool as TopGolf sport bags.
- Fluke points are always the most memorable.
- 15-minute lessons are not long enough to perfect a hole-in-one shot.
- 150 hours of lessons is not long enough to perfect a hole-in-one shot either.
- Learn to throw before playing beer pong.
- The party continues every week at TopGolf Nights!
Here's to creating memories and the next milestone!