Thanks to three years of hard work spearheaded by 5th District Metro Councilman Scott Davis, the entertainment sensation Topgolf will be bringing a phenomenal new venue to East Nashville on Cowan Street near the downtown area, with a target opening date next August. It’s primed for residents to take advantage of more than 400 direct new jobs coming to the East Nashville community, and 200 of those jobs are reserved for people ages 16-24.
At the Metro Council meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2015, 5th District councilman Scott Davis said, “Today is May 5, Cinco de Mayo, when the underestimated Mexican Army defeated the French Army. Today is also a day of victory, not just for the 5th District, and this just happens to be the fifth day of the fifth month. This city, and this council, and this administration have overcome a lot of things. This is the start of the redevelopment of the North First Street and Dickerson Road corridor.”
The importance of jobs in the district cannot be as underestimated as the Mexican army was in 1862.
“Topgolf comes in and brings 465 jobs; 200 of those jobs are jobs for people between the ages of 16 and 24.” said Davis. “That’s significant because most of the problems and the crimes that are being committed in this city are with people between the ages of 16 and 24.”
TopGolf International, Inc. (also known as Topgolf or Target Oriented Practice Golf) is a sports entertainment facility franchiser headquartered in Dallas, Texas with locations throughout the United States and England.
Topgolf features a golf game that uses microchip technology inside golf balls that are shot into several targets with real clubs to score points. Players tee off from a driving bay onto a landscaped outfield with targets ranging in distance from 20 to 250 yards. Players receive instant feedback on how far they have hit a shot and are allocated points based on distance and accuracy.
Golf skills are definitely not required to have fun at Topgolf. Their extensive food & drink menu, 200+ HDTVs and addictively fun games provide something for everyone.
Davis first noticed the franchise while on vacation years ago, and began talks with the franchisers about coming to Nashville.
“This is three years in the making, and I have not done this by myself,” Davis said Tuesday night. “With the help of my colleagues, the administration, the Mayor’s Office, and great examples like Council Lady Gilmore, Walter Hunt, and several more I can’t name because we just don’t have enough time. As I have always said, the Fifth District is open for business. We’re not just open for business; we’re open for job creation, which this does, with 465 jobs, on May 5, 2015.”
Zach Shor Vice President of Real Estate at Topgolf said, “I want to thank Councilman Scott Davis for his persistence and assistance. This never would have happened without him. When asked what his greatest impression of Councilman Davis is, he said, “He truly loves his district.”
The jobs being created will help add to the employment and future success prospects of residents of the 5th district and beyond. It is vital to the “It City” to maintain hope and foster prosperity for all of its residents, the new arrivals as well as the existing ones.
“There are going to be 200 young people, hopefully, by August of next year, after this is built, that will have 200 of those jobs.” said Davis. “And another 260 – something, hopefully their parents, other relatives nearby, in North, South, and West Nashville, or even outside the loop a little bit in Donelson, that can be employed.
[Topgolf] is a Grade A employer. They hire women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and anybody that qualifies. So this is a very important milestone for our city.”