Back 9 Golf to open $30 million center in June southwest of Lucas Oil Stadium

A $30 million golf and entertainment venue is under construction about a mile southwest of Lucas Oil Stadium, creating what developers hope will be a new entertainment district near downtown Indianapolis.

Back 9 Golf & Entertainment, a 58,500-square-foot venue with 75 climate-controlled golf bays and a 3-story driving range, will open in June at 1415 W. Drover St. along on the banks of the White River.

Developers are branding the venue — which they say can be used for wedding parties, business meetings or just fun gathers — as a fourth stadium for downtown.

“When we get done, you know with the Biltwell Event Center, and the zoo and the (Elanco Animal Health), this is all gonna be one big entertainment district here that connects that all together,” said Stephen Alexander, one of the owners of Back 9 Golf & Entertainment.

When it was announced in 2020, the venue was initially called Flying Tee. Now doing business under the name Back 9 Golf & Entertainment, it’s positioning itself as a competitor to TopGolf, a technology-enabled golf, party and entertainment venue with a full-service bar and restaurant. TopGolf’s only Indianapolis-area location is in Fishers.

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Construction started on Back 9 in August. The golf and entertainment facility will rise three floors with 25 bays on each floor. The grand opening will take place in mid June.

MWA MasterBuilders LLC, Indy Golf Party LLC and Prince Alexander Architecture LLC are working together to develop the venue along the riverfront.

When it is complete, Back 9 Golf & Entertainment will have a beer garden, outdoor music pavilion and accompanying balconies that collectively fit up to 550 people, party rooms and VIP suites, a full-service kitchen, large TV screens for showing games, outdoor heaters for the winter, a bar with 12 beers on tap, and a coffee bar. Brownsburg-based Best Friends Coffee & Spirits will occupy a spot on the first floor.

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