For us here at DMARGE, one of the best activities anyone can partake in is to visit a driving range, swing some clubs and hit some balls. While your first visit could end in embarrassment if you’ve never hit a golf ball in your life, after a few visits you’ll definitely notice an improvement and your balls will start flying straight.
Some Adelaide’s best golf courses (there are over 60 to play at) have a driving range attached to them to not only allow members the chance to practice their swing but to welcome wanna golfers and those who just fancy something to do at the weekend. You’ll want to take into consideration the number of bays available, the grass used for the tee (it could be real or synthetic) and whether the bays are covered and floodlit.
We’ve taken the hard work away from you to bring you the best driving ranges in Adelaide, so if you were wondering “where is there a driving range near me?”, wonder no more.
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But that's a good thing, because it means you play on natural grass and not the synthetic stuff that you probably won't experience during an actual game of golf. You also hit real golf balls as opposed to range-specific balls you may find at other driving ranges. Finally, you're always given a warm welcome by David Galloway, the range's PGA Professional, who is always more than happy to provide you with some tips or to give you one-on-one lessons.
Address: 1 River Road, Port Noarlunga, 5167
Phone: 08 8326 2699
Drummond Golf's driving range is also fully floodlit and uses full flight range balls, rather than premium golf balls, although claims these to be the next best thing.
If you find hitting the ball harder than you expect, two PGA Professionals are on hand to offer tuition and once you've found your rhythm, you can make use of the store's club-fitting service so you're well equipped for a return visit.
Address: Adelaide Shores Off Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach, 5024
Phone: 08 8356 4888
The club also implements an unofficial 'official' rule that says whoever hits the ball the shortest distance among a group, has to pay up for the first round at the 19th Hole Bar, conveniently located just metres away.
Address: Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide, 5006
Phone: 08 8203 7888
Prices for buckets are some of the lowest around (just $16 for 100 balls) and if you don't fancy hitting off the synthetic grass, there are two fully-grassed areas that you can hit from instead.
Address: 62 Martins Road, Paralowie, 5108
Phone: 08 8285 9177
There are 16 bays to swing from and golfers of all ages and abilities are more than welcome to have a go. You strikes balls from artificial mats, but they're of a high enough quality that they're not a detriment to your game. For sun-drenched swinging with a sea breeze, West Beach Parks can't be beat.
Address: West Beach Parks, Military Road, West Beach, 5024
Phone: 08 8356 4811
You're presented with plenty of space to hit balls as hard and as far as possible, although you'll be politely asked to only practice balls if going full Happy Gilmore, as a motorway lies on the other side of the net.
Address: 935 Grand Junction Road, Holden Hill, 5088
Phone: 08 8263 2189
An on-site bar and classic pub-style grub instantly turn it into the ultimate boys weekend hangout spot.
Address: 838-842 Marion Road, Marion, 5043
Phone: 08 8377 0883