You’ve all heard the phrase, “If you build it, they will come.”
And perhaps nowhere is that more on point than the area of Pelham Road and Interstate-85 where Top Golf is set to open this Spring.
Developers of the 86-acre area say Top Golf may be the flagship but it’s attracting what will eventually be a destination hub for entertainment and hospitality.
It may still be a month or more away from opening but if the 52 other Top Golf sites around the world are any indication this venue will be a driving force in economic development.
Tyler McCarthy, the director of operations for Greenville’s site has been with the company for 7 years and has seen the ripple affect.
”When a top golf comes in it really does become an entertainment hub for the neighborhood, you’ll see expansion around the venue and different retailers and entertainment concepts come in,” said McCarthy.
And that’s already becoming a reality according developers of the 80 acres around Top Golf.
RealtyLink says you’ll see new hotels (beyond this one already under construction) as well as new restaurants and even a dinner theater which rivals big city entertianment.
The concept is similar to what you’d find 85 miles north in Charlotte. That’s where the chain Studio Movie Grill has five movie screens and a bar.
Colby Price with RealtyLink says the entertianment hub makes sense with neighborhoods expanding in Greenville’s eastside, as well as corporate neighbors like Michelin and BMW.
”If you look at the Pelham area there was nothing there to serve it. Top golf just fell in love with the property, the visibility off 85, and then with Top a golf just comes a whole mother cast of characters that want to be next door,” said Price.
As for traffic, RealtyLink has a plan for that, too. You’ll soon see a widening of Garlington road from Pelham to Rocky Creek, as well as new traffic lights.
And to think, some day, soon, you’ll tell your kids this area off Pelham Road used to be just a field.