- Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino is starting to get into the swing of things.

The former Revel property, due to reopen under a new brand this summer, is bringing virtual golf to the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Its owners said Monday they will offer the world’s largest Topgolf Swing Suite, featuring a lounge in which players will engage in various virtual golf games, as well as a virtual putting green and interactive multi-sport games.

“No detail was overlooked in the development of Ocean Resort Casino,” said Bruce Deifik, chairman of AC Ocean Walk, the company that owns Ocean Resort Casino. “We’re aligning with companies and brands that are the best at what they do to optimize the overall guest experience, and Topgolf is one of the best in terms of delivering cutting-edge entertainment and memorable social experiences that capture the spirit of competition and fun.”

Ron Powers, Topgolf’s president, said the 26,000-square foot indoor facility will feature 11 player bays, each with a 16-foot-wide video screen and virtual reality experience simulating not only golf, but other sports as well. The lounge can be used for viewing parties for the Oscars, the Grammys or the Super Bowl, he said.

He would not say how much the total project cost, but he estimated the company spends at least $100,000 per bay. The Atlantic City facility will be the company’s largest; it currently has eight operating, with many more soon to come nationwide.

The announcement comes as Ocean Resort begins to roll out its offerings as one of two shuttered casinos planning to reopen this summer. It will join the former Trump Taj Mahal, which is reopening June 28 as a Hard Rock casino.

No opening date has yet been announced for Ocean Resort.

Earlier this month the resort affiliated with the Hyatt hotel chain.


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This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of Topgolf.

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