One of the best ways to improve your golf game is a driving range. You can perfect the repetitive swing and practice until you’re confident enough in it for when you go out onto the course. And, at most ranges, they charge by buckets of balls rather than rounds – which makes sense given that this will be more expensive if there are long periods between uses. The size of these buckets varies depending on how much time someone wants to invest practicing and what their budget allows them.
How much would you pay for a golf driving range?
The cost of practicing on a driving range is going to depend on several factors including where you live geographically as well as what type of range it is: indoor or outdoor, and how many balls are included per package deal.
You have probably seen buckets full of golf balls before, but do you know how much they cost? On average the prices range from $3 to $17 per bucket. The more balls you want in your bucket when it is time for a round on the links, the more expensive it will be.
In higher-end areas such as NYC or LA (and other touristy spots), expect to pay around double this, because there are those who think nothing about shelling out some extra cash just so their game can go smoother. Which makes sense considering this activity is worth every penny spent.
Most courses will charge by the hour rather than by the number of balls so plan on spending $10-$25 per session depending on how long you’ll be playing for and whether it’s one of those rare cases where they don’t count each individual ball but instead track time spent.
TheSandTrap.com is a forum for golf enthusiasts who trade stories about their rounds, share tips, and advice with fellow members on how to play the game better. Some individuals from this forum said that they paid anywhere from $5-$15 per bucket of balls while others have reported paying around $35 monthly for unlimited range access.
It is often difficult to find an endless range for the month, but those that do have it are worth every penny. Monthly prices can be anywhere from $35-$80 depending on what course you’re taking.
For example, The Fairview Golf Center, situated in New York offers a special price for police officers, military personnel, educators, and firefighters, with buckets of golf balls costing only $5. If you are not part of one of these categories you would pay between $7 and $12 for a bucket.
On the official website of Carlsbad Golf Center, you can find a jumbo bucket at the price of $20, while the price of a small bucket is $6.
The members of the Stanford Golf Course are charged $4 for 25 balls, while the public would pay $6 for the same number of balls.
Driving range details
A single bucket of golf balls can have anywhere between 50 to 200, and depending on their size a driving range will put them into three categories: small, medium, and large.
Golf ranges may have a variety of structures, but the main feature is often some type of building to protect golfers from rain and sun. Some driving ranges have only the ground, while others have two floors. The best course design will optimize your practice session by tailoring it for all types of weather conditions.
In the winter, outdoor driving ranges can be too cold or snowy to hit a bucket of balls. Luckily golf courses have indoor driving domes that allow you to enjoy your favorite sport no matter what time of year it is. These covered hitting arenas may cost more than their open-air counterparts because they require heating and cooling systems while still maintaining an adequate temperature level inside.
A lot of golfers would say that what separates a great player from an average one is their ability to putt. With this in mind, some driving ranges offer putting greens.
The driving ranges are tailored to your every need. There are signs every 50 yards telling you how far the next hole-setter is in front of you, and flags lining each fairway so that even if it’s cloudy out, there will be no doubt about what club should come into play on any given shot.
The sound of whirring balls is everywhere at the driving range. It’s usually easy to find a club and ball, but you may have to rent gloves or pay for them if they’re not provided. Some ranges charge for this service; others don’t require payment as long as there are enough available clubs in stock.
Good to know
If you’re looking for a driving range, be sure to call ahead and ask about any weather restrictions. Some ranges may close when the weather is bad so it’s best to know before heading out.
How can I save money?
If you’re looking to save money on golfing there are a couple of ways. Consider taking advantage of their monthly pass that allows the holder to enjoy unlimited rounds during the month.
You can check with your local range and see if they offer discounts for certain groups, such as the military, or members who work at night.
Also, the more golf rounds you play, the cheaper it becomes for each round. For instance, at most courses, if you purchase 10 buckets of balls in a given time frame then one bucket will be free. It’s worth asking about this when filling out your card and see what they have to offer.