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Swingers Tees Up Second Mini-Golf Venue in DC


Swingers, a U.K.-based golf entertainment company, is bringing a second “crazy golf” venue to D.C.’s Navy Yard. 

The company has signed a 15-year, 24,000-square-foot lease at The Kelvin, a 312-unit apartment complex located at 1250 Half Street SE, with owners Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners.

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The venue will span two floors featuring two nine-hole crazy golf courses, a 750-square-foot patio, multiple cocktail bars, and street food. It joins a range of food tenants at the two-building Kelvin complex, which includes 55,000 square feet of retail. Tenants include self-pour bar Tap99, chocolate shop Kilwins, Latin eatery Chicken + Whiskey and soon-to-open Silver Diner.

“Both The Kelvin community and the greater Navy Yard neighborhood are known for their love of sports and great food and drinks, and our team had those interests at the forefront of our retail strategy,” Anthony Startt, Jair Lynch’s director of investments, told Commercial Observer.

“We were interested in finding the right eater-tainment venue for the space and we knew Swingers would be a great fit as both an amenity for our residents but also a way to attract customers to Half Street outside of Nationals game days,” he added.

After seeing the success of the Swingers’ Dupont location, its first in D.C., which opened this June, Startt felt it would be a good concept for The Kelvin to fill the 24,000-square-foot space.

“We are thrilled with the retail mix we have planned for The Kelvin and are always looking for opportunities for our residents to gather with friends and family, enjoy great food and drinks, and have some fun without leaving home,” he said. “It is clear that the city is excited to check out Navy Yard’s new dining and entertainment offerings. We anticipate Swingers will be a great venue to attract customers on non-game days while still playing into the energy of the Ballpark District.”

Swingers is scheduled to open in summer of 2022.

KLNB’s Ben Becker, Steve Combs and Jennifer Price represented the landlord in the deal. The tenant’s rep was not disclosed.

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