Among the potential additions to the local bayfront is a major project proposal submitted to the Port of San Diego for a huge high-tech sports, entertainment, and dining hub that would encompass seven acres on East Harbor Island. Founded outside of London, England in 1999, Topgolf now runs 57 venues around the globe with at least 10 more in the works and draws more than 17 million patrons every year. The proposed site is in the southwest corner of North Harbor Drive and Liberator Way but the company is reportedly flexible in terms of its exact location on Harbor Island.
A playground for golfers of all skill levels, Topgolf facilities feature an interactive driving range, three levels of climate-controlled hitting bays, and offers golf lessons, leagues, and tournaments. For non-golfers, there’s tons of entertainment too, from outdoor games to HDTVs on which various sports games are shown.
There is also an event/stage area, meeting space, multiple outdoor patios, and a full restaurant and bar that serves a huge range of cocktails, beer, and wine and a menu that features bar bites, flatbreads, burgers, salads, and sandwiches as well as breakfast and weekend brunch; around half of the company’s revenues come from food and drink sales.
Brianne Page, the Port’s public information officer, shared that the next steps in the Port and Topgolf’s exclusive negotiating agreement will be bringing the project back before the board for preliminary project review and direction to proceed with environmental review, which is anticipated to happen sometime later next year.