For those wondering about the massive construction project — the one with the giant nets high in the sky where the old Kmart building once stood in northeast Springfield — it’s the BigShots Golf entertainment and recreation facility.

BigShots Golf opened its doors a few weeks ago, a little later than anticipated due to weather and pandemic-related delays, said Tim O’Reilly, CEO and managing partner of developer O’Reilly Hospitality LLC in Springfield.

“We are really proud of how it turned out,” O’Reilly said. “The food and drink menu is really kind of unique — a lot different than what you’d see at other types of entertainment venues.

“It’s quite a bit more upscale,” he continued. “It’s not your typical bar food and pizza. We have a lot of dishes (that are) really nice and something that you might have on a date or special occasion, in addition to some more casual fare like burgers and things like that.”

BigShots Golf is located at 1930 E. Kearney St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

There are 56 bays where groups, families, couples, or individuals can enjoy food and drinks while hitting golf balls. 

BigShots Golf uses Doppler-radar technology to track the shots. 

“It’s a system that’s been used by professional golfers in teaching situations for many years,” O’Reilly explained. “It shows trajectory, slice, hook, angles, club speed and ball speed. You get a ton of feedback for people that are more serious about their game and really want to see what they need to work on and what they can get better at.” 

The meeting rooms have large “garage doors” that open right out to the golf area.

O’Reilly said crews recently put the final touches on the six-hole putting course out front for people wanting to play a little putt-putt or for those waiting for a bay.

“There’s a whole outdoor activity center that has games like cornhole and bocce ball,” he said. 

In the very near future, BigShots Golf will offer a learning center for people who are interested in golf lessons. 

“We are in discussions with a couple of golf pros that are going to join our team,” O’Reilly said. “We are going to offer more serious instruction in the game of golf for people that want to learn a little more and get a little better.”

Javis Flynn hits a ball off the tee at BigShots Golf on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Because the facility was under construction during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, O’Reilly said engineers made sure the air filtration system was top notch. 

In the larger rooms like the meeting rooms, restaurant and bar, the air exchange and filtration system does 24 air changes per hour, O’Reilly said, compared to a typical system that does about three air changes per hour. Also, the system uses infrared virus killing technology.

“Whenever COVID hit, building a hospitality facility in that time frame was a very stressful situation,” he said. “We might have gone overboard, but that comes from the stress of the pandemic.”

O’Reilly said BigShots Golf employs about 150 people when fully staffed and currently has positions available. 

Learn more about BigShots Golf by liking BigShots Springfield MO on Facebook or visiting www.bigshotsgolf.com/locations/springfield-mo.

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