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Rory McIlroy invests in a new food-and-mini golf concept

An investment group led by the PGA tour superstar will get 10% ownership of each new Puttery, from Drive Shack, through 2023.
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New eatertainment concept Puttery received a $10 million investment from a group led by pro golfer Rory McIlroy, the company announced Monday.

The first locations of Puttery—the latest food-and-golf concept from multi-concept operator Drive Shack—are slated to open this summer in Dallas and Charlotte, N.C., with a total of seven units planned by the end of the year.

McIlroy and his Symphony Ventures team committed to invest at least $10 million over Puttery’s three-year development schedule, in exchange for 10% ownership in each location through 2023, at a price equal to 10% of the total building cost for each unit.

Dallas-based Drive Shack, which is publicly traded, also owns the American Golf and Drive Shack chains.

“Puttery is an immersive, unique and one-of-a-kind entertainment golf experience—it is an exciting and logical partnership for me and my investment group,” McIlroy, a four-time majors champion, said in a statement.

The concept features an “adult-focused and modern spin on the classic game of mini-golf” that’s anchored by multiple bars and lounges with an “upscale food and beverage menu,” according to a news release.

Upcoming locations range from 18,000- to 22,000-square-feet.

Beyond investing, McIlroy has collaborated on the concept’s creation.

“Rory and his team have been incredible partners throughout our entire Puttery evolution,” Drive Shack President and CEO Hana Khouri said in a statement. “Their involvement and viewpoints have helped shape this innovative concept from the start.”

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