Melbourne isn’t short of fun weekday or weekend activities. Naturally, there are plenty of shops for all your menswear, suit and sneaker needs, alongside a plethora of world-class bars and restaurants. But while walking around shopping centres and down laneways can introduce some exercise, it’s not quite the same as being ‘properly’ active.
For that, you’ll want to get outdoors to walk, run, cycle, or even play a few rounds of golf – and Melbourne’s golf courses are some of the best in the world. But if you’re not quite at a level to play a full 18 holes, or you simply want to de-stress, you can visit a driving range to practice your swing and even instil some healthy competition between you and some friends.
A fair few of Melbourne’s golf courses have a driving range attached to them, but there are also some dedicated facilities dotted in and around the city and you should also note, that while most will offer clubs for hire, you’ll do well to take your own – if you fancy picking up a new iron to smash some balls with, Melbourne is home to a number of excellent golf shops.
Here are the best Melbourne driving ranges for your club swinging pleasure.
Albert Park Driving Range
Albert Park Driving Range is welcoming of golfers of all abilities, even those who have never swung a club in their life. Open from morning until night thanks to floodlit bays, you can be sure of finding a time slot to thump some balls down the range. At 250-metres long and with 53 individual bays on offer, you’ll certainly be putting your best Iron drives to the test.
Qualified PGA professionals are on standby to help you with your swing, a pro-shop has all the gear you could ever need and there’s even on-site catering (which includes beers).
Address: Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, 3206
Phone: 03 9696 4653
Melbourne Golf Academy
Melbourne Golf Academy is the place to go if you want to learn how to master the club-based sport. A number of qualified coaches will show you the ropes, but if you think you know what you’re doing, you can book yourself into one of the facility’s 41 driving range bays (34 undercover, 7 outdoor, all floodlit). The fairway is 350-metres long, so you’ll be forced to put as much power into your swing as possible, or if it’s placement you need to practice, 10 target greens are set up at various intervals.
Address: 385 Centre Dandenong Road, Heatherton, 3202
Phone: 03 9558 3477
Bulleen Golf Driving Range
The appeal of the Bulleen Golf Driving Range is its woodland setting. With parkland and trees surrounding the range, it provides the perfect setting to escape busy Melbourne city life and wind down with some ball whacking. Bulleen hosts 38 bays that look out to a 250-metre range and everything is doused in floodlight when the sun goes down. A practice sand bunker and a putting green are also available for use to help you improve the more technical aspects of golf.
Address: 37 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, 3109
Phone: 03 9852 0038
Mountain Highway Golf Range
Mountain Highway Golf Course offers some of the best prices for a driving range in the entire Melbourne area. In return for your small fee, you get to pick your spot on one of 20 undercover floodlit bays from where you can hit your balls up to 250-metres down the range. Chipping and bunker areas are can be used to fine-tune your game and if you still need some pointers, PGA professional coach John O’Halloran will be more than happy to help.
Address: 27 Havelock Road, Bayswater, 3153
Phone: 03 9729 3425
Latrobe Golf Park
Latrobe Golf Park is more about fun than it is serious golfing action, with a putt-putt golf course and a driving range within its Northern Suburbs complex. The driving range boasts 32 undercover floodlit bays and makes use of yellow range-dedicated balls, as opposed to regulation golf balls, which means they’ll be able to withstand more hitting, but may fly less far.
Latrobe Golf Park also offers a club fitting area so you can find the perfect clubs to help accompany your swing, and bunker and chipping areas can help you hone your skills.
Address: 906 Plenty Road, Bundoora, 3083
Phone: 03 9470 4481
Morack Public Golf Course
Morack Public Golf Course has both a full-fledged 18-hole golf course and a 20-bay driving range for punters to take a hit. They’re floodlit, undercover and when the temperature drops in winter, you can remain toasty warm, as they benefit from overhead heating too.
Golf clubs are available for hire if you don’t have your own, coaches are on standby to you with any bad habits or to simply teach you how to swing.
Address: Corner Morack & East Roads, Vermont South, 3133
Phone: 03 9801 4479
Yarra Bend Golf
A short trip out of Melbourne CBD will bring you to Yarra Bend Golf. Hosting an 18-hole public golf course, a driving range and even some mini-golf putt-putt action, all in stunning tree-lined surroundings, it’s the ideal place to perfect your swing. That’s not just a figure of speech either, as Yarra Bend Golf also boasts Toptracer Range ball-tracking technology, allowing you to see exactly how your balls perform in the air on a connected screen.
Address: Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield, 3078
Phone: 03 9481 3729
Altona Lakes doesn’t make a case for being the flashiest golf course and driving range facility around, but what it does do is offer exemplary service, a 9-hole golf course that’s ideal for when time isn’t on your side and a 16 bay undercover and floodlit driving range. The driving range also uses Srixon golf balls rather than range balls, so the swings you make will be ones you can replicate when out on the actual fairway.
Address: Paisley Park, Mason Street, Altona, 3025
Phone: 03 9399 1029
Keilor Public Golf Course
Other than being home to an 18-hole golf course (and even a footgolf course), Keilor Golf also plays host to a 21-bay-strong driving range. Bays aren’t floodlit, nor are they undercover, so the times they open will depend on the season and the weather. If conditions are good and you really want to show other punters what you’re made of (or you really need the practice) you can opt to have 1,000 balls to hit down the range. Clubs are available for hire if you don’t have your own, or there is a pro shop onsite if you do fancy investing in your own set.
Address: 540 Calder Freeway, Keilor North, 3036
Phone: 03 9390 1538
Aces Sporting Club
Aces Sporting Club‘s main draw for the Keysborough locals is its driving range. Split over two levels and fully licenced (so beers while swinging is a very real possibility) Aces’ 200m driving range is an awesome weekend or after work spot to whack away the hours.
Address: Springvale Road, Keysborough, 3173
Phone: 03 9701 5000
Yarrambat Park Driving Range
An hour outside of Melbourne CBD in the city’s Northern Suburbs is where you’ll find Yarrambat Park Golf Course and Driving Range. If playing a round of 18 holes isn’t for you, then you put your energy into hitting some balls from any of the centre’s 12 bays. Four of them are undercover if the weather turns sour, and PGA qualified coaches can help you improve your technique.
Address: 649 Yan Yean Road, Yarrambat, 3091
Phone: 03 9436 2201
Melbourne Golf Driving Ranges FAQ
What should I look for in a driving range?
Golf driving ranges can come with various features. You want to look out for those that have undercover bays that are also floodlit so you can play when the sun goes down. If they have heating then even better, as you can stay warm in winter.
Which driving ranges are close to Melbourne CBD?
The golf driving range closest to Melbourne CBD is Albert Park Driving Range. After this, there is Yarra Bend Public Golf Course, Altona Lakes Golf Course and Melbourne Golf Academy.