Tiger Woods sponsored PopStroke in Sarasota, Tampa, Delray Beach, Orlando
PopStroke, the golf entertainment facility with upscale putting courses, opened at Fort Myers last September, the first since legendary Tiger Woods came on board as a partner.
Now, PopStroke, whose original location opened in Port St. Lucie, will hit all of Florida later this year and through 2022, founder Greg Bartoli said on Friday.
The Sarasota and Orlando facilities will open this year, Bartoli said by text, with Delray Beach and Tampa around mid-2022. He said he was still working on getting one to Naples.
“News about Naples is expected to follow this year,” he said.
In just over seven months, Bartoli has been happy with the Fort Myers facility so far.
“It’s going incredibly well,” he said. “Very busy and, above all, great feedback from the community and all of our guests.”
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PopStroke was the first of the trendy golf entertainment options in southwest Florida. The opening of Topgolf in Fort Myers was planned for 2020, but is expected to open later this year. Both have high-end food and drink options, while Topgolf has bays instead of a putting course.
BigShots Golf, which ClubCorp bought in 2019, had made an agreement to be part of the existing Golden Gate Country Club grounds in Naples. That deal, however, failed late last year, despite the company making another presentation to residents of Golden Gate on April 12th.
The Sarasota PopStroke will be in the University Town Center and the Orlando one on Waterford Lakes. Delray Beach will be on the Federal Highway, Bartoli confirmed.
“I can’t give the exact location for Tampa just yet,” he said.
Woods didn’t just associate his name with the company. His TGR design does the layouts and he was involved in the design of the two putting courses at Fort Myers.
Woods has won 15 major championships, after Jack Nicklaus at 18, and is linked to Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour wins at 82. He underwent a fifth operation on his problem in January and was then involved in a serious SUV accident in Los Angeles a month later that resulted in a fracture of the right tibia and fibula, among other things. He has since returned to his home on Jupiter Island to recover.
At the PopStroke facility in Fort Myers, the two courses are called Cub, which is more aimed at beginners and Tiger, which is more challenging. Golfers can keep their score with an app that also offers the option of ordering food and drinks in the hotel’s restaurant and having them delivered on the course.
Woods became involved in PopStroke in late 2019, and the Fort Myers facility was announced soon after.
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