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Port to start negotiating with Topgolf on Harbor Island driving range

Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 05, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The possibility of Topgolf coming to San Diego took another step forward Tuesday.

During a Port of San Diego board meeting, staff were authorized to begin to negotiate and enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Topgolf, according to the Port.

Once the Port enters into the agreement, staff can begin to refine their proposal for the land, allow Topgolf to conduct its own due diligence, and negotiate terms until the agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2020.

According to documents, Port and Topgolf officials are eyeing East Harbor Island's "Elbow Parcel" area along North Harbor Drive as a potential location for a seven-acre site. The facility would face east, allowing golfers to tee off facing the downtown skyline.

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An August economic analysis by London Moeder Advisors said a Topgolf location at the site could support about 500 permanent jobs and provide about $65 million in economic impact once completed. The report goes on to say the project could help ignite future development of the area with more entertainment and hotel options.

"As an attractor, Topgolf is in that special category or destination activities which are likely to draw patrons to the Port, and who will utilize hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, visitor attractions and recreational boating throughout the Port lands," the analysis said. "While this report details the economic impact of Topgolf, it likely does not do justice to its overall impact as an enhancement to San Diego's front door."

Topgolf's proposal includes a facility featuring a driving range, restaurant, bar, meeting space, event and stage area, outdoor patios, three levels of golf bays, and additional games and entertainment, according to the Port. The location could also include public viewing areas and shared parking options.

10News reached out to Topgolf for comment, but has not yet heard back.

In 2015, the Port sought development ideas for Harbor Island. It received six proposals, including one from Topgolf, documents show.