The announcement that Top Golf is coming to Greensboro came from an unlikely source at the Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 19 – Greensboro Water Resources Director Mike Borchers.

It’s not often the water resources director gets to make a much anticipated economic development announcement, but one of the last items on the City Council agenda read, “Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a Reimbursement Agreement for an Unnamed Attraction for Construction of Certain Sewer Improvements Comprised of a Proposed Eight-Inch Public Utility Line Extension with Encasement Underneath.”

The actual resolution also referred to “an Unnamed Attraction.”

Borchers said, “We’re excited to partner with Reality Link Development to provide sewer service by way of a sewer extension underneath Bridford Parkway to a 30-acre parcel that’s bounded by I-40, Bridford Parkway and Guilford College Road.   With that we are, of course, opening up that whole tract in order to provide utility services to it. Part of this development is going to be anchored by Top Golf, but there will also be outparcels as well that will benefit from the water and sewer extension.”

According to Nathan Duggins of Tuggle Duggins law firm representing Reality Link Development, Top Golf will take about eight acres of the 32-acre site.  He added that a hotel was planned for the area as well as some indoor entertainment venues and other businesses.

City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Justin Outling said he had issues with Top Golf not being named earlier. He said he understood the reasons for a company acquiring land not wanting to be named, and added, “It’s important to remember, however, for us we’re using community dollars to support projects and, going forward, I think balancing the business interests with the need for transparency, it would be ideal for the public to have the information sooner.”

City Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann said, “There is a cool factor with Top Golf just like there is a cool factor with Trader Joe’s and with cities that can attract those kinds of businesses.”

Mayor Nancy Vaughan said that she was not a golfer but had been to a Top Golf in Charlotte and had a lot of fun.  She noted that they had been working on this project since 2019 and that the reimbursement for the sewer line was not a typical economic incentive.  She said, “This will serve that area. It will be good for other people who are coming in.  It is not just for this one particular source.”

The agreement calls for the reimbursement to be “no less than $400,000 and no more than $500,000.”