With the new season approaching, you’re probably already thinking about limbering up after a winter with very little golf in it. Where better to get back into the swing of things (literally) than at the driving range?
Well, if they all looked like these – we’d probably never want to leave! We’ve picked out the 5 best driving ranges from all across the globe.
1. World of Golf – London
We thought we’d start local – i.e. the UK. However, we might be starting local – but we certainly aren’t starting small! In fact, World of Golf London holds the record for being the busiest driving range in Europe, with over 14 million golf balls fired down the range every year.
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It has plenty of other neat features too. Power Tee mats prepare each ball for you before you hit it, while Protracer technology means you can see exactly how far each shot has gone and what the flight was like from a dedicated in-bay tablet.
Price for 100 balls (peak): £11
2. Thornleigh Driving Range – Sydney
Welcome to New South Wales and one of the largest cities in Australia – Sydney. Just north of the city is the suburb of Thornleigh, home to one of the finest driving ranges you’ll find. Open 364 days a year, the 56 state-of-the-art bays are spread over two levels.
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What’s more, 20 of the bays are fitted with cutting-edge auto-tee technology. Pick the height that suits you, swing and another ball will be teed up and ready within 4 seconds. You can also adjust the height from one ball to the next to find just the right balance. By maintaining the same stance, you can get into your rhythm much quicker.
Price for 80 balls (peak): £10
3. TaylorMade Golf Experience – Las Vegas
From Australia to America. Nevada, in fact, and the City of Sin – Las Vegas. They say you can get anything in Las Vegas, and evidently that includes a world-class driving range.
The TaylorMade Golf Experience is the golf company’s 42-acre paradise on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a floodlit par-3 course, putting green and giant retail shop, as well as the piece-de-resistance; 113 driving range stalls split over two tiers. As views go while you’re working your way through a bucket of balls; the Mandalay Bay hotel, the Four Seasons and Boulder Junction in the distance takes some beating!
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Featuring both natural grass and the regular artificial turf to hit off, the tees also offer proper flagged greens dotted about to aim for, adding a tantalising element of competition to your driving.
Price for 100 balls (peak): £7
4. The Els Club – Dubai
As you might have guessed, the Els Club in Dubai is the brainchild of legendary golfer, twice US Open and twice Open Championship winner, Ernie Els. The Big Easy’s creation of ‘desert links’ is an oasis of lush green links amid the surrounding deserts, and the luxury driving range is no different.
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The Els Club driving range measures 450 yards, with 6 individual greens complete with distance flags. Stocked solely with TaylorMade practise balls, it is even lit from underneath at night, making it even easier to track the flight of your ball in the dark.
Price for unlimited balls: £22
5. Top of the Rock: Arnold Palmer Practise Course – Missouri
The state of Missouri is legendary for its natural beauty, and this driving range in the very heart of it is no exception. Top of the Rock is a sprawling complex overlooking the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake.
Along with a golf course, canyon cave and Natural History Museum, there is the stunning ‘Arnold Palmer Driving Range’ – named after the great man himself when he visited. One of the best golfers in history clearly deserves one of the best driving ranges in the world!
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Perhaps one of the most breathtaking features of the driving range is the 16 target greens, with the signature ‘Cliffhanger Green’ in the middle perched over a cascading waterfall. What’s more, it’s also available to play lit up after hours over three decks!
Price for a large bag of balls: £13
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