Port of SD Advance Topgolf Venue Proposal

Jan 04, 2023

The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has voted to advance a Topgolf venue proposed for East Harbor Island to the environmental review phase. Topgolf operates golf-themed restaurant, entertainment, and party venues across the country.

Topgolf venues feature high-tech gaming, outdoor hitting bays, chef-driven menus, hand-crafted cocktails, music, corporate and social event spaces, and more. For the East Harbor Island location, Topgolf is proposing a three-story venue housing over 100 hitting bays with an event/stage area, outdoor patios, additional games and entertainment, and more. Topgolf will also contribute toward the public infrastructure around the site such as parks and promenades.

“The East Harbor Island area is currently underutilized and has immense potential for enhanced recreation and visitor-serving amenities. If ultimately approved and built, Topgolf would add to the wide variety of things to see, do, and experience on our San Diego Bay waterfront,” said Chairman Dan Malcolm, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners.

Environmental review will be performed in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and then a CEQA document will be drafted and publicly reviewed, which may take approximately one to two years. The earliest construction could begin would be 2025 but would likely be later. In addition to environmental review, the timeline is dependent on various Board approvals, real estate negotiations, drafting and issuing a Coastal Development Permit, construction schedule, etc.

The proposed Topgolf venue is part of the Port’s efforts to redevelop an approximately 55-acre area of East Harbor Island. Learn more at

The Port’s waterfront development efforts contribute to the continuous prosperity of the local economy. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port reinvests revenues back into our 22 bayfront parks, three public boat launches, fishing and viewing piers, year-round waterfront experiences, cargo and cruise terminals, environmental programs, public safety, infrastructure, and more.