Topgolf Swings into Metro Detroit

Construction is progressing on schedule for the new Topgolf venue in Auburn Hills, the first of its kind in Michigan. The 65,000-square-foot venue will feature a driving range and entertainment complex and is expected to open in late 2018.

Topgolf is one of NFE’s design/build projects for which we are providing civil engineering, land surveying and landscape architecture services. We are playing an intricate role on every aspect of this project, from preliminary planning all the way through to its ultimate opening.

The 16-acre site is located at the southwest corner of I-75 and Joslyn Road by the Great Lakes Crossing shopping mall. The three-level complex will feature 3,000 square feet of private event space, plus 102 climate-controlled hitting bays. Guests at Topgolf will enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that score themselves.

NFE provided preliminary site plans, engineering plans and construction documents for grading and paving, public and private utilities, storm drain, detention pond, soil erosion and sedimentation control, irrigation and landscape design. We are also providing all construction stakeout and coordinating with ARCO/Murray, the design/build contractor, on construction management.

Many challenges arose during the design process due to the topography and poor soils encountered on the site. These challenges were met by NFE through the use of modular block retaining walls and creative site grading.

NFE designed a sanitary pump station and force main to carry sanitary sewer flows to the west at a discharge elevation 16 feet above the Topgolf site. We also coordinated with MDEQ and Oakland County Water Resource Commission on wetland mitigation and soil erosion concerns due to numerous wetlands and drastic grade changes across the site.

Topgolf was founded in North London in 2000 by two brothers who were “bored on a driving range.” NFE is excited to be part of the team bringing the first Topgolf venue to the State of Michigan and bringing a whole new way to play the game for both seasoned golfers and nongolfers alike.

For more information on this development or for your next commercial development, contact Chad Findley at 248-332-7931 or