activity-dine activity-more activity-play activity-shop activity-stay arrow-leftarrow-rightArtchevron-downchevron-rightchevron-up close download email gridlistlocationmime-default mime-link mime-pdf mime-video Parkspin search social-facebook social-flickr social-instagram social-linkedin social-pinterest social-rss social-twitter social-youtube berth-request-form blue-economy boat-launches breakbulk contact-the-port cruise-information current-rfps dine docks-and-anchorages drybulk economic-impact events faqs green-business-network harbor-police job-opportunities live-vessel-tracking news play port-events public-meetings refrigerated-avocados refrigerated-bananas refrigerated-pineapple shop stay tenant-resources tidelands-activation-program view-bidding-opportunities commercial-vessels current-conditions directions fact security agendas calendar cruise documents information jobs map meeting minutes notification parking permits reporting reports reservation rfps rules tap vendors video-play weather-cloudy weather-partly-cloudy weather-rainy weather-sunny weather zoom Skip to main content
General Press Releases
Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Advances Topgolf Venue Proposed for East Harbor Island to Environmental Review

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.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.