Topgolf is now available in southern Kentucky. On Monday, a Topgolf Swing Suite opened at The Mint Gaming Hall in Bowling Green. Located in The Mint’s Post Time Race and Sports Lounge, the Topgolf suite features two bays that offer golf simulations. Patrons can also play several other virtual sports, including baseball, hockey, and dodgeball, in a suite with lounge seating, high-definition televisions, and beverage and food service.
James Mahnesmith, the general manager for The Mint, said the suites serve as a “perfect complement” to the venue’s other gaming and entertainment amenities.
“From the time it opened, we wanted Post Time to be the best sports bar in the region, and Topgolf Swing Suites will add to that reputation and is the perfect size for our facility,” Mahnesmith said. “Now you don’t have to go to St. Andrews or Pebble Beach to get the feel of playing their iconic holes.”
The Topgolf suite is only the second in the state, with the other in Lexington. There’s also a full-fledged Topgolf facility in Louisville.
The Mint is a historical horse racing satellite facility for Kentucky Downs, a thoroughbred track located 25 miles south of Bowling Green in Franklin. It features nearly 450 HHR games, which look like slot machines, but each wager is based on the outcomes of previously run races.
Kentucky sports betting is not yet available at The Mint. However, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved Kentucky Downs for a sports betting license, which means the track and The Mint would be able to host a retail sportsbook and kiosks starting next year. Circa Sports intends to build a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at Kentucky Downs.
New Churchill Downs Venue Debuts 3D Sign
Next month, Churchill Downs will open its second HHR hall in Louisville, but last week, the company unveiled a unique feature for Derby City Gaming Downtown.
The $90 million project includes a naked-eye 3D video board, which Churchill said in a release will give visitors to downtown Louisville “an immersive and unforgettable visual experience” that will not require any special glasses to view. It is the only display of its kind located between Dallas and New York City.
“This 90-degree, wrap-around, state-of-the-art LED display will provide our guests and downtown visitors with an unparalleled viewing experience while establishing Derby City Gaming Downtown as a world-class gaming and entertainment venue,” General Manager Garth Williams said.
The gaming hall is set to open Dec. 6, which will also mark 150 days until Kentucky Derby 150. It will house about 500 HHR machines, a retail race and sports book, and other entertainment amenities.
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