Tiger Woods is one of the greatest putters of all time, as this famous moment from The Masters proves. So when he partnered with mini golf concept PopStroke, it was destined to be more lifelike and challenging than your typical windmills-and-castles miniature golf course. And sometime soon, you can try out the result right here in Dallas-Fort Worth.
A PopStroke venue is coming to Grandscape, the $1.5 billion, 433-acre, Warren Buffet-backed mixed-use development in The Colony. It will be the eighth location for Popstroke, which launched in 2018, with other venues already operating in Florida, Arizona, and Katy, Texas. (Two additional future locations are planned for Scottsdale, Arizona, and Delray Beach, Florida.)
According to state filing documents, the PopStroke in Grandscape will have an estimated construction cost of $5.2 million. At 13,000 square feet, it will feature 37 outdoor putting greens as well as a playground. Construction is slated to begin this summer with completion planned by December.
A high-tech putting experience
PopStroke’s putting courses are designed by Tiger Woods and his company TGR Design. With putting greens and hazards as gleaming as the ones at Augusta National, it looks like a duffer’s delight. Synthetic turfs, fairways, bunkers, and rough are “just as you would see on a traditional golf course,” the company says.
But technology is embedded as well. Players use the PopStroke App to put their scores on a “virtual scorecard,” with the results seen on a giant LED “leaderboard.” The company promises an “interactive and competitive atmosphere for all participants.”
After each customer plays a round, they get a PopStroke TaylorMade commemorative ball to take home, the company says.
$650 million investment from TaylorMade
Based in Jupiter, Florida, PopStroke gained plenty of yardage in January 2023 from a $650 million investment by TaylorMade, a leading golf equipment brand—which explains the TaylorMade balls rolling all over each venue and the TaylorMade putters handed out before you play. (Perhaps not coincidentally, Tiger Woods just played at the 2023 Masters tournament with TaylorMade clubs in his bag.)
Going head-to-head against Drive Shaft’s Puttery at Grandscape
PopStroke will find some competition when it opens in The Colony. In 2021, Dallas-based Drive Shack launched its own mini-golf concept, Puttery, with its first-ever location at Grandscape. But in truth, the concepts are as different as inside and outside. Puttery’s mini-golf courses are mostly located inside, featuring creatively themed holes like an optical illusion room and a stylized library. You can putt outside at Puttery only on its “rooftop course.”
At PopStroke, by contrast, the venue is meant to be more like a real golf short-game experience in the outdoors—where a gust of wind may mean the difference between a perfect putt and an agonizing, around-the-lip roll that could leave you cursing the golf gods.
But don’t worry, PopStroke’s craft cocktails could ease your playing frustrations, along with its varied food offerings. (Other PopStroke locations offer everything from chicken tenders to New York strip steaks, baby back ribs, and shrimp scampi.)
Grandscape is hot—and Dallas is a ‘golf Mecca’
Grandscape definitely seems to be where the action is these days. In 2021, it won the Most Innovative Retail and Entertainment Project award at the Global RLI Awards in London for offering a wide range of attractions including the 180-foot tall Grandscape Wheel and a host of high-tech entertainment concepts, along with restaurants, retail, and live-stage music and events.
And the addition of PopStroke offers one more reason why Dallas and North Texas—the corporate home of PGA of America, Topgolf, Drive Shack, Invited, and Arcis Golf—has become known as a “golf Mecca.”
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