Since its inception, Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment company, has worked to grow the game of golf by making it more accessible and connect communities across the globe through meaningful, tech-driven experiences. As a culmination of this commitment, Topgolf has announced a first-of-its-kind 9-Shot Challenge Global Tournament, an innovative global competition that allows players to compete – from virtually anywhere. This experience will deliver a cross-platform golf competition that connects in-person players from around the world at participating Toptracer Range locations and gamers of the leading World Golf Tour (WGT) online game as they vie for the top spot on global leaderboards.
The 9-Shot Challenge allows players to compete on virtual courses in a series of nine approach shots, testing their iron play skills, with the first tournament ranging in distances from 94 – 186 yards. Whether playing online on WGT or in person at participating Toptracer Range locations, players can see where they stand in real time as global leaderboards track progress throughout the tournament. Leaderboard standings will include country flags representing each player, providing visual representation to the true connection of communities around the globe through this competition.
“Introducing innovative ways to access the game of golf and connecting communities through fun and technology-driven experiences is at the core of who we are as a brand. This is why we are thrilled to see the 9-Shot Challenge come to life across multiple Topgolf-enabled platforms,” said Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle. “The ability to bring this competition to people in all corners of the world in a real-time, immersive event is a monumental milestone on our journey to connect people at the intersection of sports and technology, and we can’t wait to see this competition unfold.”
The first event of the 9-Shot Challenge kicks off Feb. 6 – 14 on the virtual Pebble Beach Golf Links course, which players can access any time at Toptracer Range locations and on WGT. Competitors can join the challenge and put their skills to the test on the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course by visiting participating Toptracer Range locations across the world or by downloading the free WGT by Topgolf mobile golf game, loved by over 30 million users. The top contenders in each tournament will be awarded unique prizes, including Callaway Golf Clubs, golf balls, WGT memberships and more.
Future tournaments will provide access to other notable courses that golf fans know and love including Kiawah Island (Ocean Course), Torrey Pines and The Royal St. George’s Golf Club, among others. Additionally, future 9-Shot Challenge Global Tournament events will be available not only at Toptracer Range locations and via the WGT online game, but also at select Topgolf entertainment venues.
Top tracer has proved a real addition to driving ranges across Ireland with Spawell Golf Academy, Wicklow Golf Academy and the Colin Park Leisure Golf Centre offering players remarkable access to game improvement technology like never before.
To follow the tournament and see tournament rules, visit Topgolf’s 9-Shot Challenge site.