Sports Center in Topeka brings back par-3 golf course, entertainment

Showing how an old sign for the Sports Center once looked, new co-owner Kurt Walker says he's recovered many artifacts from the former 3-par golf course Friday afternoon. Walker, along with his brothers Scott, Brad and Brian, are in the process of bringing the course and fun center back to life under new ownership.

Perhaps best known for the trademark dinosaur that greets guests at the entrance, Sports Center is a 54-acre family entertainment center that has been located at 6545 S.W. 10th Avenue in Topeka since 1972.

A Topeka family tradition, the business has undergone many transformations over the course of its 50-year history and recently changed ownership. 

Brothers Scott, Kurt, Brad, and Brian Walker purchased Sports Center nearly a year ago in May 2021 from previous owners, Stan and Sheryl Swanson. 

“We’ve always wanted to do something together, us four brothers,” said Kurt Walker. “There’s not a whole lot to do outside in Topeka, so we wanted to bring a more tropical, fun-park vibe.” 

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Walker said that while Kansas City residents have many options close to home, Topekans are currently required to travel out of town if they want to enjoy a modernized golf experience, and the Walkers would like to see that change.  

The arcade section at Sports Center may be updated with newer games for people to enjoy under the new management.

Sports Center expanding offerings

Renovations have already begun on the 2,700-square foot clubhouse, which includes a snack bar, indoor seating areas, and a game room, with plans to update the current arcade offerings. The Walkers recently applied for and received a liquor license to allow them to begin selling a variety of beer options, including Boulevard Brewing Company products, and are in the process of adding a slushy machine ahead of the summer.

Christin Hakim

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