More than two years after the initial decision to proceed and the filing of plans, construction will finally begin this month in Akron on BigShots Golf, a tech‐driven golf entertainment venue that competes with Topgolf and Drive Shack, to replace The Range at Firestone 9.
The company filed its plans in February 2020 with the City of Akron, but COVID-19 restrictions delayed all construction. The Range at Firestone 9 was left operating as-is until now, with BigShots set to replace both Hackers Bar & Grill and the driving range space.
The new 22,500 square foot venue will be called BigShots Golf Firestone, and will be the seventh ClubCorp-owned location of its kind in the USA that is open to the public.
BigShots facilities have virtual games, full-service food, sports bars, outdoor patios, mini golf, private event spaces and climate-controlled tee boxes. The Firestone site will have 44 interactive tee boxes in a two-story structure that will allow golfers to play full virtual rounds. Beginners, families and children also can take part in other games.