Newly opened in Las Vegas is a self-contained putting stadium designed by sport architect Populous. Would a putting complex fit your venue masterplan mix? The idea came about when The Major Series of Putting (MSOP) Entertainment Company partnered with Populous in 2015 to design a first-of-its-kind putting stadium pop-up facility which could be packed up and transported from city to city to host events. It later became a Las Vegas venue to maximize event size and fan amenities.
Populous workshopped with MSOP to design the shape of the facility and the shape of the field of play. It took two years to go from idea to built facility. The facility is comprised of a clubhouse and 18-hole putting course. A walkway that surrounds the course and ties into each side of the clubhouse, providing 360-degree view of the action and encouraging spectators to flow throughout the venue. It hosted the inaugural MSOP championship tournament in autumn 2017.
A Whole New Venue
The entire 18-hole putting course was designed in tandem with the structure itself, a departure from the field size regulations of other professional sports, which allowed Populous to design a completely custom venue.
The circular shape reflects the form of the cup and the ball to create an inherent connection between the sport and the venue. An elevated ring, known as the “halo”, vertically encloses the venue and handles all audio, lighting and video for the event.
The Clubhouse combines the idea of the non-traditional sports venue with the social spectating preferences of upcoming generations to create a clubhouse which has more in common with a hot spot on the Strip than it does a traditional golf course clubhouse.
Spectators are brought closer to the players, putting them right on top of the action through the clubhouse and walkway’s placement right on the edge of the greens.
The MSOP venue responds to the way fans watch and interact with sports, creating an intimate and social environment for fans to engage with the on-field players and each other.
Only the clubhouse bar features fixed seating, a decision made to allow spectators to move freely throughout the venue and explore the space rather than be confined to a single section.