Back 9 Golf & Entertainment is building a new $30 million facility near Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 58,500-sq. ft. golf and entertainment venue – which will have 75 climate-controlled golf bays and a three-story driving range – is expected to open in June.
A $30 million golf and entertainment venue is under construction about a mile southwest of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Back 9 Golf & Entertainment, a 58,500-sq. ft. venue with 75 climate-controlled golf bays and a 3-story driving range, will open in June along the banks of the White River, the Star reported.
Developers told the Star they are branding the venue — which they say can be used for wedding parties, business meetings or just fun gatherings — as a fourth stadium for downtown.
“When we get done, you know with the Biltwell Event Center, and the zoo and the (Elanco Animal Health), this is all gonna be one big entertainment district here that connects that all together,” said Stephen Alexander, one of the owners of Back 9 Golf & Entertainment.
When it was announced in 2020, the venue was initially called Flying Tee. Now doing business under the name Back 9 Golf & Entertainment, it’s positioning itself as a competitor to TopGolf, a technology-enabled golf, party and entertainment venue with a full-service bar and restaurant, the Star reported. TopGolf’s only Indianapolis-area location is in Fishers.
Construction started in August on a facility that will rise three floors with 25 bays on each floor, the Star reported. MWA MasterBuilders LLC, Indy Golf Party LLC and Prince Alexander Architecture LLC are working together to develop the venue along the riverfront.
Back 9 will have a beer garden, outdoor music pavilion and balconies that collectively fit up to 550 people, party rooms and VIP suites, a full-service kitchen, large TV screens, outdoor heaters for the winter, a bar with 12 beers on tap, and a coffee bar, the Star reported. Brownsburg-based Best Friends Coffee & Spirits will occupy a spot on the first floor.
“We are providing an element of actual entertainment in the facility as well, and then we’re also providing things to do for kids, families — the parents who have kids that they want to bring — we have things to actually do beyond just golfing,” said Danny Hayes, a member of the Back 9 development team.
Back 9, Alexander told the Star, uses a radar ball tracking system that can monitor up to 6,000 balls at any given time. The venue’s radar technology will be able to track the balls in foggy, snowy or raining weather conditions.
“If you watch PGA golfing on TV, you’ll have a ball trajectory mapped out on the screen. That’s the technology that we will have so when you hit the ball, your trajectory or ball is shown on a screen in front of you,” he said. “You can overlay that trajectory image onto a lot of different games so that’s much more advanced than the other golfing venue.”
Golfers also will be able to virtually play on some of the world’s more recognizable courses, Alexander told the Star. In addition to better and more advanced technology, Back 9 is also promising large golf bays and standing height tables in booths.