When Ocean Casino Resort reopened its doors last year, there was so much excitement about the amazing things it would offer including a Wahlburgers, a newly designed casino floor, a William Hill Sportsbook, re-branded nightclub and daylife venues and some new clubs and restaurants.
But for golfers, the most exciting news was that Topgolf Swing Suite would be one of the new attractions in the $2 billion casino and resort.
Now that it swings into its second winter, a recent Saturday night had every single bay filled — from those playing one of the dozens of simulated golf courses to fun games like Zombie Dodge Ball — the bar loaded with people, others playing pool and watching college football and most eating from Topgolf’s stadium-food-on-steroids menu.
But the reason Topgolf is such a smashing success is not just because golfers are practicing their swing in the offseason instead of braving the cold, it’s because Topgolf is so much more of an experience than just golfing. Sure, you can get those swings in while sipping fancy cocktails or having a craft beer with some nachos, but Topgolf is truly a group experience that transcends golf with a fun overall vibe that has all ages and both genders packing the place year round.
Here are three reasons you should go to Topgolf Swing Suite:
Here’s how it works. Rent a bay for $50 an hour for up to eight people — packages also available — and you get to choose from a bunch of fun games. The private bays feature giant screens that simulate everything from golf courses in Scotland to a baseball field, leather couches, hightop tables and private TV screens so you can watch whatever game you choose while enjoying whatever game you choose.
Of course golf is the main attraction here, and there are plenty of options, including TopContender, the most popular golf game where you take turns aiming your golf ball — using real balls and real clubs — at giant, colorful targets to earn points; TopPressure, where golf meets darts in a strategic game of accuracy as you make shots in colored sections; and TopChallenge, where you can choose dozens and dozens of real courses to play, just like if you were on a real golf course.
But there are so many other options, including Baseball Pitching, where you take the mound against a team of sluggers looking to destroy your next bad curve ball; Zombie Dodgeball, perhaps the most popular overall game, where you defend your space against a herd of zombie farmers by hitting them with dodgeballs (advanced mode features zombie clowns); Carnival Classic, where you pop as many balloons as you can by throwing balls in hopes of heading to the bonus round where you can dunk a clown; Hockey Shots, where you grab a hockey stick and puck and try to score; Quarterback Challenge, where you hit wide receivers in hopes of scoring a game-winning TD; and Soccer, where you get five kicks to get past the All-Star keeper.
As described before, think stadium food on steroids. No chateaubriand here, just fun, all-American food done well.
Our favorite starters included nachos ($9) with black beans, beer cheese, tomatoes, scallions, avocado crema and smoked chicken or pulled pork ($3 addition); the Buffalo chicken cheesesteak eggrolls ($8) with blue cheese cream; an oversized hot pretzel ($7) with beer cheese, honey mustard and onion dip; and cheeseburger sliders ($9) with cheddar cheese and tomato jam on a potato roll.
We were also really surprised the wings were as tasty as they were: six wings ($12) available in a choice of five sauces including Buffalo, bourbon BBQ, Thai hot and sour, honey Sriracha and scampi.
Try one of their big burgers, especially their TG Burger ($10) —which won first place by the judges at Atlantic City Weekly’s Burger Bash 2019. It features a mixture of 8 ounces of beef and hot Italian sausage with sharp provolone, garlic aioli and tomato jam on a homemade garlic knot.
There’s also some specialty items including their Fairway Steak Sandwich ($10) a char-grilled 7-ounce steak on garlic focaccia with pepper relish and fries; oven-roasted maple glazed turkey sandwich ($8) with provolone, tomato, lettuce and avocado cream on toasted sourdough bread; and desserts like the popular skillet chocolate chip cookie ($7) with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Even if you don’t plan to play some games, Topgolf is a great place to have a drink while taking in one of the most stunning views of the ocean, boardwalk and Steel Pier in Atlantic City. In fact, no matter where you are in Topgolf, the view is astounding.
Watch a game on the various flat-screen TVs, play some free pool or games like giant Jenga and foosball and enjoy their impressive cocktail, wine and beer list.
From the beer side of things, Topgolf has everything from regional favorites like Yards Brawler, Neshaminy JAWN and Tuckahoe Lag Putt Golfer Ale to national crafts such as Cigar City Jai Alai, Evil Genius Stacy’s Mom and Left Hand Milk Stout.
Topgolf takes advantage of its casino connection to offer what has to be the best wine list of any Topgolf location, with sparkling, reds and whites including Dom Perignon, Ferrari Carano, Joseph Phelps, Caymus and Chateau Montelena.
And there are well over a dozen craft cocktails. Try the Green Side Bunker ($11) with Sweet Carolina Tea Vodka, lemonade, lemon and sugar; In the Rough Martini ($14) with local Mr. Fingers Alibi Gin, triple sec, white cranberry juice, lime and English cucumber; and Bubba Smash (12) with Sagamore Rye Whiskey, lemonade and muddled raspberry.
Bottle service is also available!