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Topgolf high-tech driving range coming to South Baltimore

Topgolf will open a location in South Baltimore next year. The high-tech driving range has more than 40 locations, including this one in Las Vegas.
Topgolf will open a location in South Baltimore next year. The high-tech driving range has more than 40 locations, including this one in Las Vegas. (Topgolf Las Vegas)

Topgolf will take over a site adjacent to the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore next year, adding another entertainment destination to South Baltimore.

The high-tech driving range is expected to open in 2019. The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, located at 301 Stockholm St., is expected to relocate to another city-owned site in Cherry Hill to make way for Topgolf.

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Dallas-based Topgolf offers a range of games that allow players to practice their swing, drive and accuracy, as well as food and drinks. The company has more than 40 driving ranges in 19 states and the U.K., and at least 20 new locations are in development in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico and the UAE, according to its website.

While Topgolf doesn't currently have any ranges in Maryland, a Germantown location is also listed on its website as "coming soon." The closest locations are in Ashburn, Va., and Alexandria, Va.

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Baltimore’s spending panel is expected on Wednesday to resolve a tangled real estate deal that involves moving the city's animal shelter to make way for a high-tech driving range near Horseshoe Casino.

Topgolf's addition to South Baltimore is part of an effort to transform the area around the Horseshoe Casino into an entertainment destination. The casino's partnership group is spending millions to buy up properties around the casino, pushing an evolution of the gritty industrial area into a more inviting entertainment district.

The goal is to establish a sports and entertainment district that connects the casino to the Inner Harbor through the football and baseball stadiums.

Topgolf will host a media event at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday to unveil more details surrounding the South Baltimore driving range.

Representatives from Topgolf were not available to comment Monday morning.

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