State and city officials, along with company representatives and local economic developers broke ground Friday, Feb. 9 on the new Chasing Aces Golf entertainment complex near Bossier City’s riverfront.
The planned $25 million development spanning 27 acres will be home to an interactive, multi-level driving range with 30 bays, similar to the popular Top Golf franchise, but with more amenities and dining options.
Chasing Aces plans to incorporate a nine-hole smart course and an 18-hole putting course. There will be multiple restaurant options, a training center and pro shop.
The development, with a planned opening in 2025, will create 120 full and part-time jobs once opened and another 200 construction jobs over 14 months.
“This development will provide another attraction for visitors to the Shreveport-Bossier area. With tourism being one of the state’s top industries, I commend Northwest Louisiana for its investment in this new attraction which will bring another family-friendly entertainment facility and also help grow the game of golf in Louisiana,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.
“Chasing Aces is a unique blend of sports, entertainment, tourism and technology,” said John Dudley, Chasing Aces CEO and founder. “This will set us apart from other golf entertainment complexes across the country.”
BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program, which assists technology startups with conceptualizing, pitching and launching their businesses and ideas in North Louisiana, provided startup services to Chasing Aces.
“We have been encouraged to see support and excitement grow for this one-of-a-kind tourism attraction that will draw customers from Shreveport, Bossier, Texarkana and out-of-state visitors to our region,” said John F. George Jr., BRF President and CEO. “Our EAP team led by Dave Smith has worked with John Dudley of Chasing Aces from the idea stage to shovels in the ground today. John and his team have accomplished a major feat, and we congratulate them on their success.”
BRF, headquartered in Shreveport, is an innovation hub and economic development organization establishing North Louisiana as a preferred destination for high growth initiatives. Diversifying the region’s economy is its mission. It fulfills this mission through initiatives that start new businesses, recruit new businesses and retain current businesses in the region, and through supporting the development of a science and technology-based workforce.
EAP, a division of BRF, diversifies the regional economy and creates jobs by providing services to innovative startups that have high-growth potential. EAP has helped create over 400 jobs, and its portfolio companies have an annual payroll of $21.5 million. EAP has screened more than 1,600 ideas and provided services to more than 465 companies that have raised $218 million in capital. For more info, visit www.EAPLA.com.
About Chasing Aces Golf
Chasing Aces Golf is a planned golf entertainment complex in Bossier City, LA that will feature a multi-level, interactive driving range, smart course, putting course and dining and entertainment options.