Where RVA Goes to Tee-Off & Drink Up

An impressive driving range where golf takes on a new form with high-tech offerings, the recently opened Drive Shack in Short Pump is also getting rave reviews by return guests and those just trying the experience for the first time.

1647 four rings drive

DRIVE SHACK

“Drive Shack is a new social entertainment venue in Richmond. Whether you are coming out with your family or friends or enjoying some of our favorite craft cocktails at our rooftop bar, it is the perfect destination for all ages and skill levels,” says Keli Roberson, Drive Shack corporate senior marketing manager. “Our gaming technology is what sets us apart and makes it more of a social experience for our guests. You do not have to be great at golf to enjoy it. There is no membership required. You can walk in with a group of friends or family, enjoy some bites to eat and create fun memories . One of our newest games, ShackJack, is a crowd favorite and great for all skill levels,” she adds. 

Amonte Harvey enjoys coming here regularly to fine-tune his golf skills. “It’s just a fun place to go,” he says.

First-time attendee Kate Bullard agrees, “I’ve never tried golf before. I thought it was really fun.”

“We are an all-weather venue that has something for everyone, appealing to both the golfer and non-golfer,” says Roberson. She adds that Drive Shack’s director of instruction offers group and individual lessons for guests looking to improve their golf skills, and there is an events team that can help plan any party for groups of 12+, whether you’re having a corporate outing or birthday party.

Especially apparent here, Roberson says, is the good energy.

“Richmond is a strong diverse market with great growth opportunities in the food and beverage scene. There is also a strong sense of community here, which is what makes Richmond special. We have enjoyed partnering with local breweries, such as Hardywood, who’ve made us our very own Drive Shack Golden Ale. Our team has immensely enjoyed being involved with Goochland Cares, where we have helped give back to those right in our neighborhood.”

For more information on Drive Shack, you can refer to their website:  https://www.driveshack.com/locations/richmond


2308 Westwood Avenue

TOP GOLF

“We like playing golf, and this is a different take on a driving range,” says Rick Calhoun, who’s here to enjoy a fun day with his family at Topgolf, known as a premier entertainment destination in Richmond.

The recently opened Topgolf location on Westwood Avenue features exciting high-tech golf. “We are a 3-story entertainment venue that specializes in bringing both seasoned and new players into the game of golf,” says Amber Drew, Topgolf Richmond Marketing Manager. 

If you’ve never been before, here’s what you’ll experience, according to Drew:  “You can expect the traditional Topgolf games that our fans know and love. This includes giant light up targets in the field and screens that track your score. In addition, you’ll love our unique, state-of-the art virtual Swing Suite lounge, putting green and brand new 14-hole outdoor mini golf course,” she says.

Topgolf is about creating amazing experiences. “That’s why we’ve set up our venues to invite a group of friends to gather, have fun, eat good food and learn about a sport they may not otherwise. We attract the athletic, the golf pros, the families out for a night of fun and even the business professionals who just need a moment away from the office. From our beautiful event spaces to our heated bays, there’s something here for everyone,” says Drew, adding that, “We also offer many discounts such as Sprint Sundays, Monday Night Leagues, Half Price Tuesdays, College Night Wednesdays, Weekend Brunch and more. We strive to create unique and unforgettable experiences every time you visit us.” 

For more details on the all the golf related activities at Topgolf, along with a menu of the chef-inspired dishes and thirst-quenching beverages, you can check out the Topgolf Richmond website: TopGolf.com/US/Richmond

For more details about Topgolf, please visit Topgolf.com/US/Richmond.


508 East Franklin Street

HOTEL GREEN

Stepping into the exquisite Hotel Greene (which is not an actual hotel, but rather a hotel-themed miniature golf course) is like time traveling back to an elegant 1930s grand hotel. The atmosphere is breathtakingly exquisite. You check in at the “lobby” and proceed on an adventurous 13-hole mini-golf course that winds through various rooms such as a library, spa, through the hallways to your “room.” There’s an air of mystery in the setting, almost reminiscent of the whodunit board game “Clue.” 

“We built Hotel Greene as a kind of surreal stage set. Our operating words were romance, mystery and unease,” says Jim Gottier, who is the co-owner with his wife, Andrea Ball. “We love classic cocktails and shared plates, and the feel of a slightly decadent hotel lobby,” he says about the offerings here.

Kathy Dixon is one of the many people who have flocked to Hotel Greene since its recent opening. “From the hotel staff’s garb to the decor along the mini golf path, it felt other-worldly,” says Dixon, who “had a blast.”

Although not an actual hotel, Hotel Greene occupies a space that was part of the former Hotel John Marshall. “What stands out is the great affection American people

have for mini golf,” says Gottier. “The game strikes a chord in people of all generations. It’s family afternoons, first dates and the American road. It just puts you in a good mood.”

The splendor of the setting doesn’t mean you need to take the golf too seriously, says Gottier. “The main message is that it’s fun! Sure, it is kind of an art installation- we call it “highfalutin mini golf”- but heck, we sell beer koozies!” 

For more details about Hotel Green, please visit  HotelGreene.com.

Eileen Abbott
Author: Eileen Abbott