Eatertainment concept Puttshack is making a splash in the category under the leadership of CEO Joe Vrankin, who formerly held the same position at Topgolf from 2007 to 2012.
The concept was created by Adam Breeden and twins Steve and Dave Jolliffe—the same trio who founded Topgolf years earlier. Their latest brainchild premiered in London in 2018 and has since expanded to the U.S. with locations in Atlanta and Chicago.
When the Jolliffe brothers and Breeden were looking for a CEO to grow the brand domestically and internationally, they called Vrankin to see if he would check out the new concept they had cooked up.
“I literally said, ‘Oh my gosh, they did it again,’” Vrankin said in a previous interview with FSR.
Puttshack puts a modern spin on mini-golf through tech integration. For example, instead of paper scorecards, technology is embedded in the golf balls to keep score as customers play. Like Topgolf, Puttshack’s technology is patent-protected, giving it an inherent advantage over the competition.
“Our own proprietary technology sits at the core of the Puttshack experience,” Vrankin says “The gameplay is powered by our patented Trackable technology, which means there is essentially this mini-computer in the ball that automatically keeps score for you. It knows when you putt, if you pick it up and try to move it in any way, when you win bonus points, or lose hazard points at each hole—it tracks everything.”
While the venue is suited for families and corporate events during the day, at night it transforms into a playground for adults. During these hours, the course adds special flourishes like a beer pong hole