Topgolf in Mobile? City considers $2.5 million incentive package for 3rd Alabama location

Mobile city and county officials will consider up to $2.5 million in an economic incentives package to lure a Topgolf entertainment complex along Interstate 65 at the McGowin Park shopping center.

The Mobile County Commission will first consider the package during a 10 am meeting today at Government Plaza. A vote will occur next week. The City Council will then consider taking action within the next two weeks.

Each government body will be asked to dedicate $1.25 million each for the construction of the entertainment venue.

It’s unclear if there will be any clawbacks or other provisions for Topgolf to meet in order for the incentive package to be authorized. In Birmingham, a $1.5 million incentive package was rejected a few years ago after the company failed to meet the city’s requirements for having a goal of 30% participation by minority- and women-owned firms in the construction of the complex east of the Birmingham- Jefferson County Convention Center.

Mobile City Councilman Scott Jones said Monday morning that he wants to evaluate the package more before commenting, although he said similar agreements are “not uncommon.”

Topgolf, based in Dallas, was founded in 2000 and has been owned since last year by Callaway Golf. There are approximately 70 Topgolf locations nationwide, including two in Alabama — Huntsville and Birmingham.

The venues feature a golf driving range game with electronically tracked golf balls and automatically scored drives. Each facility is a multi-level venue that includes climate-controlled hitting bays, chef-inspired menu and hand-crafted cocktails, event spaces, and more.

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