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It’s tee time: St. Pete’s first Topgolf opens

Veronica Brezina



The new three-story Topgolf St. Petersburg entertainment complex in Carillon. All photos: Veronica Brezina.

Five years ago, plans were unveiled for a Topgolf complex in St. Pete’s Carillon Office Park. This week, the long-awaited entertainment facility has made its debut. 

The 67,000-square-foot Topgolf facility at 220 Carillon Parkway was originally expected to open in 2020. The construction delay was largely due to the opposition Topgolf faced in Carillon, as the property is across the street from residential neighborhoods. A group of residents challenged the city’s approval of the project early on; however, a judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2021.

A player delivers a powerful swing, aiming for one of the circular targets on the turf. Topgolf uses microchips to track a ball’s flight path. 

During Friday’s ribbon-cutting celebration, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Steinocher commended the Topgolf executive team for working with local contracting groups on the $13.5 million-plus project. He also highlighted how the project is generating over 400 jobs with positions for managers, servers, bartenders and cooks for Topgolf’s restaurant and catering operations. 

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce members alongside St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch (pictured in the center) with Ashley Rosales, Topgolf director of operations, celebrate the grand opening of St. Pete’s first Topgolf.

Before chamber members and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch set foot inside the three-story complex to hit some golf balls, Welch thanked former mayor Rick Kriseman for supporting the project that started under his administration. 

Each bay carries men’s and women’s clubs. 

In the 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, players can select challenges and games based on the circular targets on the turf. Each bay, which can be reserved on an hourly basis, holds parties of up to six people. 

The 12-acre Topgolf St. Petersburg location has the same square footage as the Brandon Topgolf, which opened in 2014. 

At the St. Petersburg facility, guests enter the first floor where there’s a check-in area, a bar and an outdoor beer garden. 

The first-floor bar inside Topgolf.

The complex had a June 26 soft opening. Since its debut, Topgolf Director of Operations Ashley Rosales said executives at Raymond James Financial and at other neighboring businesses in the park have inquired about reserving bays for private corporate parties. 

Early projections showed the facility would serve approximately 450,000 guests annually. 

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch soaks in the view from the third level of Topgolf’s bays. 

Rosales, who moved to the area in February, told the St. Pete Catalyst the Topgolf team is addressing some concerns voiced by Carillon residents. 

“Being good neighbors is important to us,” Rosales said. The team has “dimmers” on all the lights and has decimal restrictions on the music played. 

The Topgolf facility is open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday. 

The outdoor entertainment area and lawn at Topgolf. 

As the Topgolf team gears up to serve thousands of guests this year, other developments are underway in the office park, such as a 17-story, 176-unit luxury residential complex at 112 Main St. N. 

The project is part of the Echelon City Center, one of the most anticipated master-planned developments in Carillon, which will bring more mixed-uses to the area. 

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    Curt Davis

    July 2, 2023at10:11 am

    Hey Veronica why wouldn’t you put the address on article. Some people my not know where the office park is located

    • Veronica Brezina

      Veronica Brezina

      July 2, 2023at8:58 pm

      Hi Curt, the address was included in the second paragraph.

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