Topgolf to build driving range in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. Topgolf will build a driving range near Colonial Boulevard and Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway, a city spokeswoman said.

The souped-up ranges, which seek to combine golf and entertainment with towering banks of hitting boxes connected to restaurants and bars, are in 33 locations around the world, including Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. The Fort Myers location will be close to the Eastwood Golf Course.

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The Dallas-based company has secured the property, though it’s unclear when it will open, the spokeswoman said.

Southwest Floridians hailed the news Monday as a key development in an already golf-crazy region.

“I think this will alleviate the frustrating factor, because people can have fun, treat it like a day at the bowling alley, have some beers, watch some TV,” golfer Alex Giguare said.

Mark Trencamp, a golf instructor at Tiburón in North Naples, believes Topgolf makes the game more accessible.

“The game being so intimidating, this gives a chance for everyone to come out and experience golf,” Trencamp said.

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