Driving Range Season Has Officially Landed

Posted: February 3, 2022

As dark nights draw in and the unforgiving British winter puts a stop to regular course play, it looks like driving range season has officially landed. Golf centres are gearing up for a festive surge, as thousands of golfers descend on practice grounds, ready to perfect their game ahead of spring. From lessons with PGA professionals, to company events and first dates, driving ranges are welcoming the festive season with a bang.

To celebrate, we have handpicked a selection of our favourites, to showcase how some of the best in the world are maximising their facilities and capitalising on a booming industry.

1. Orange County National, Orlando

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Where better to start than over the pond at the impressive Orange County National. Spanning a whopping 42 acres, this iconic Orlando golf centre is home to two 18-hole golf courses and the worlds only 360° driving range. The facility gained notoriety when Nike released a commercial showcasing Tiger Woods bounce a golf ball off the face of his sand wedge before striking it mid-air down the fairway. The centre has since become host to the annual PGA Merchandise Show; where thousands of PGA members and golf industry professionals flock to test and view the latest industry products and network with some of the best in the business.

2. True Spec Golf, Ohio

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Our wildcard; True Spec Golf, are changing the face of the custom-fit experience. With 27 locations spanning from America to Europe, this fitting suite located at Ohio’s renowned Brookside Golf and Country Club, showcases an example of golf innovation at its peak. Featuring a heated indoor-to-outdoor fitting studio, Trackman launch monitor and True Spec's signature brand-agnostic fitting matrix with over 35,000 club-head and shaft combinations, this fitting masterclass has welcomed amateur golfers and tour pros alike.

3. Delapre Golf Centre, Northampton

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This recently transformed venue really does have it all under one roof. From the futuristic VIP Toptracer 'Green Room' experience and Zen Putting Lab, to the golf entertainment venue 'The Supersix', with food and drinks delivered to your bay. Complete with an additional 36 bay Toptracer range, this inspiring venue with cutting-edge design principles and interactive golf entertainment ticks all the boxes. The centre also offers summer camps to keep your little ones entertained throughout the holidays.

4. Top of the Rock: Arnold Palmer Practise Course, Missouri

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This sprawling myriad of 16 bunkered greens, sits nestled within the Ozark Mountains. Players can hit shots from the range, over a cascading waterfall to the signature ‘Cliff-hanger Green’. The fun doesn’t stop there as the driving range outfield course is lit up after hours for players to challenge themselves over the three deck course. Named after one of the greats, this driving range deserves a green jacket.

5. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Idaho

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Dubbed 'The True Island Green', the Coeur d'Alene is a golfers paradise; think Lake Como meets The Masters. Arriving by boat, the nautical theme continues at the over-water driving range, where golfers can enjoy hitting floating balls over the lake. Fun fact; the Coeur d'Alene is also home to the worlds exclusive floating green. If you are looking for the wow factor, this course has it in abundance and then some.

BigShots Golf, London

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The first BigShots to land here in the UK, this impressive two-tier golf centre is breaking the mould. Complete with Trackman and all the trimmings, this tech-driven entertainment and culinary experience facility brings a new dynamic to the driving range experience. Who doesn't want to hit 100 balls into submission and wash it down with a signature BigShots burger and fries?

7. The Belfry, Manchester

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Notorious for its outstanding teaching and coaching facilities, The Belfry is a centre of excellence for the game of golf in the UK. This exclusive PGA National Golf Academy invites aspiring PGA professionals to sit exams and submit scorecards to gain their professional teaching status. A championship level course and putting green featuring a 36-bay Toptracer range and VIP suite with the added benefit of 4 custom fitting suites, golf lessons, video analysis and launch monitor technology. If the ultimate coaching experience is high on your bucket list, The Belfry will not disappoint.

8. Aqua Golf, California

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Resourceful and playful, this over-water range located on the beautiful Sacramento River features floating balls and targets, utilising limited space to create a scenic place to practice. Back to basics with simple artificial turf mats and ball baskets, this Californian hang-out offers a stripped back, marine feel.

9. The Els Club, Dubai

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The Els Club was imagined by twice Open Championship winner and PGA Tour alumni Ernie Els. The oasis of lush greens and emulated fairways juxtaposed against the sandy desert, earn this driving range a spot on our list. With functionality at its core, the outfield is lit from underneath at night, refining ball-flight data to ensure accuracy is never compromised. Stocked solely with TaylorMade balls, this practice ground is all about performance.

10. Silvermere Golf & Leisure, Surrey

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We are back on home soil for our final location, and where better to finish than this impressive 42 bay, two-tier Toptracer range in the heart of Surrey. With 4 private custom-fit and coaching bays, PGA professionals are on hand to offer golfers a one-stop-clinic to iron out swing faults and bring their game up to speed.


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