Baton Rouge, New Orleans region possible new location for popular high-tech driving range Topgolf _lowres

Topgolf, a popular Dallas-based golf facility that's a mix between driving range and nightclub, is eyeing New Orleans as a possible location to expand, according to the report from The Dallas Morning News. (Photo courtesy of Topgolf)

Last updated: 11:25 p.m., March 16, 2016

Topgolf, a popular Dallas-based golf hotspot that's a mix between a driving range and a nightclub, is eyeing the "New Orleans and Baton Rouge" area as a possible location to expand, accoding to a news release issued Wednesday.

The company also listed other regions under consideration: Huntsville, Ala.; northwest Arkansas; Providence, R.I.; Ft. Myers/Naples, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; McAllen and El Paso, Texas and more.

At Topgolf, which has 24 locations across the U.S., players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each venue offers an upscale and playful experience, featuring food, drinks, music, games, climate-controlled hitting bays, and hundreds of HDTVs.

There are also nine new Topgolf projects under construction throughout the U.S. Topgolf Vice President of Real Estate Development Zach Shor said in a news release that there are dozens of others locations under contract or in firm negotiations for 2017 and 2018 openings. In January, Topgolf Entertainment Group (TEG), the parent holding company of Topgolf, formed an international division to begin its expansion abroad. Topgolf also will remain focused on the top 50 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), with additional concentration on California expansion.

“As we look to grow the Topgolf global community, we are excited to introduce our concept both online and in-venue in cities of all sizes,” said Co-Chairman and CEO of TEG Erik Anderson. “Our new investment partner Providence Equity equips us with additional resources to accelerate, broaden and deepen our expanding presence in the U.S and beyond.”

News of Topgolf's possible expansion into Louisiana comes about a week after another popular Texas company, Bucees, announced it planned to build its first location outside the state of Texas in Baton Rouge.

The convenience store will be located at the intersection of Interstate 12 and Millerville Road, said Charlie Colvin, of Beau Box Commercial Real Estate, which is handling leasing for the development.