A state-of-the-art golf and entertainment franchise is targeting a beach resort town on the Florida panhandle, as well as one of the country’s largest markets.
Oasis Resorts and BigShots Golf announced that a BigShots Golf franchise will open in Panama City Beach. Dozens of people gathered at Panama City Beach’s Legacy Golf Club Thursday morning to learn about the new golf entertainment facility and its impact on the community from BigShots Golf representatives and local leaders.
“This is a blessing to our community,” Panama City Beach Mayor Mark Sheldon said. “We have more family events and activities in Panama City Beach, which will improve us as a whole. So adding this to our home makes us better, and we’re overwhelmed with excitement to see what this will do for our community.”
About 13 acres will be transformed into an entertainment facility at 100 Fairway Blvd. at the Legacy Golf Course. The location is expected to open in 2024 and create approximately 150 new jobs.
The golf entertainment venue allows golfers of all ages and skill levels to participate in virtual golf games.
“It is a great opportunity to provide this to our community. There are so many life lessons that are taught through golf, but not everyone has the ability to get involved in the game, and we want to open up that opportunity for everyone to experience golf in a new and interactive way,” said Ethan. Sign in, President of Oasis Resorts and Legacy Golf Club.
The franchise also announced that a new location will open in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie in 2024, marking the second location in the DFW area. A BigShots is already open in Fort Worth, on the western edge of the Metroplex.
Best known for its virtual golf games and culinary experience, BigShots Golf will include 64 climate-controlled tee boxes in a multi-level facility, indoor and outdoor golf courses, a luxury sports bar and private event space.
TJ Schier, director of operations for BigShots Golf, said the facility will put the best of golf and food in one place.
“We got the golf, the food and the drinks,” Schier said. “Our whole purpose is to bring golf to as many people as possible. We want everyone to feel like a big shot and introduce them to the game of golf.”
Panama City Beach will be the eighth location for BigShots Golf in the United States and the United Kingdom. Schier said the company is on track to open five more locations in the United States by 2024, including a location in Naples. For more information on BigShots Golf, visit BigShotsGolf.com.
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek