Tee Time has submitted this preliminary site plan for the Topgolf style facility it plans to build on East Broadway. The driving range extends to East Street.

Tee Time special-use permit advanced by P&Z to City Council

A closer view shows four pickle ball courts, corn hole, kitchen and 19 tee boxes.

The initial site plan for Tee Time, a golf range with restaurant and pickle ball courts, was viewed by Planning and Zoning Commission members Monday during the process to issue a special use permit for the property.

Tee Time is purchasing a large piece of property from the city that extends southeast from East Broadway to also front East Street.

The city obtained the former Redi-Mix Concrete site and cleared it for new development in conjunction with the Centennial Retail and Industrial Park.

Kellen Gratham presented the Tee Time proposal and answered questions from commission members.

He said Tee Time will be like a Topgolf, with golf balls that are tracked electronically, and like Chicken N Pickle, a restaurant with pickle ball courts and yard games in Kansas City. 

Golfers will tee off toward East Street, with 80-foot netting keeping the balls in bounds. The back net (at East Street) will be 250 yards from the 19 tee boxes.

Unlike some large Topgolf locations with double-decker tee boxes, Tee Time’s structure will only be one story high.

The only question asked about the food and beverage to be offered was whether “beverage” includes alcohol. Gratham said it does.

He said hours will generally be from 10 a.m. to midnight. Lighting the range that late won’t be a problem, according to Gratham. “It won’t be super bright” because the ball tracking system doesn’t require overhead lights.

Gratham said Tee Time is expected to open in August 2023. His special use permit request will next go to the Webb City Council on Monday, July 25.

Airbnb request advanced

Brian Harris told the commissioners he has fixed up the house he lives in at 502 S. Ball St. – and the house next door at 510 W. Fifth St., which he wants to rent short-term as an Airbnb.

Regulating short-term rentals is on the council’s to-do list. However, City Administrator Carl Francis said that’s no reason to delay Harris’ request. 

Under the new ordinance, being written similar to Joplin’s new short-term rental ordinance, Francis said Airbnb requests will be administratively denied if more than 30% of the neighbors within 185 feet object.

There have been no objections to Harris’ request.

His request will now be on the July 25 city council agenda.