Miniature golf is one of life’s few remaining low-tech pastimes. But Puttshack, a fast-growing new concept, is betting that a little technological boost will make the classic game even more fun.
The company is taking 23,500 square feet of space in the historic 13-block Strip District Terminal for four custom-made, competitive indoor mini-golf courses. Puttshack uses what it calls “Trackaball” technology, which includes “seamless automated scoring, bonus point opportunities, interactive games at each hole and more.”
This will be the company’s third location in the U.S. The other two are in Chicago and Atlanta. Puttshack also operates three locations in London.
“The Terminal in the Strip District is an iconic part of Pittsburgh’s past and burgeoning future that makes it a perfect choice for Puttshack,” says Joe Vrankin, CEO of Puttshack.
Puttshack, which will create up to 200 jobs, will also offer a full dining menu and a cocktail bar, and a “high-energy, upscale nightclub vibe.”
When it opens next winter, it also will add something new to Pittsburgh’s already considerable collection of excellent mini-golf courses.
The Terminal also houses OnPar Now, a woman-focused golf instruction and practice spot, with high-tech Trackman golf simulators and a putting green with PuttView technology, as well as a juice bar.
Other current tenants at the Strip District Terminal, which is being developed by McCaffery, include City Grows, Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection and Pip & Lola’s. Coming soon are Posman Books (and ice cream), PrimoHoagies, Walk Run Lift and Aslin Beer Company.