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CORRECTED-Topgolf seeks to hire banks for IPO -sources

(Corrects to remove erroneous reference to valuation in first paragraph)

Oct 8 (Reuters) - U.S. golfing center operator Topgolf International Inc is in talks with investment banks about hiring underwriters for an initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter said.

The IPO would come as Topgolf seeks capital to open new venues in the United States, Britain, Mexico, Dubai and Canada. It operates 52 U.S. golfing centers, three in Britain and one in Australia.

Topgolf has invited investment banks to pitch for roles on the IPO, which is planned for next year, one of the sources said.

The sources cautioned that the IPO plans had not been finalized and requested anonymity because the matter is confidential. Topgolf did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Topgolf uses microchips in its balls to track distance and accuracy across a variety of golf games. It also offers food and drinks to its golfers.

The concept originated in Watford in 2000 by twin brothers Steve and Dave Jolliffe. Among Topgolf’s top investors are investment firm WestRiver Group, sporting goods company Callaway Golf Co, hockey team Carolina Hurricanes majority owner Thomas Dundon, and buyout firm Providence Equity Partners.

The golfing sector has proved popular with investment firms in recent years. Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners acquired golf equipment and clothing brands TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth from Adidas AG two years ago for $425 million. (Reporting by Joshua Franklin in New York; Editing by Tom Brown)