While it can be argued that not much can compare to a leisurely 18 holes on the weekend, heading to a driving range would surely come in a close second. A range presents the chance to thwack a golf ball as hard and as far as possible and can even become more competitive than any round of golf.
Sydney is home to a number of driving ranges, some unsurprisingly better than others. But what should you be looking out for when deciding where to go and hit some balls on an evening after work?
Firstly, you want to make sure your range of choice has plenty of bays so as to avoid any chance of not getting a spot at the time you want to go. Within that, you’ll want to make sure the bays are wide enough to allow you to practice your full swing (you might not be as good as you think) and if you’re a lefty, make sure the range has bays to accommodate you as well.
Double-decker bays are never a bad thing – although no floodlights for late-night practice is most definitely a bad thing – and if the tees are automatically loaded for you, then bonus. Other factors to take into account include the club selection on offer if you don’t have your own to take with you (and if you don’t, Sydney has some great golf shops to pick some up) and some ranges may have targets on the outfield to help test your direction.
We’ve looked over all the driving ranges in Sydney to come up with the definitive list of bays you should be swinging from.
Nestled in the heart of Sydney City between Surry Hills & the Eastern Suburbs you’ll find Moore Park. Home to 60 bays that are up and running no matter the weather, Moore Park’s driving range has a few other features that will help you improve your technique. These include FIFA grade turf to mimic that of golf courses, so balls will bounce in a similar fashion, and simulated water and sand hazards will help you learn to keep the ball on the green. Bays are in action from 6am – 10.30pm, but you will need to hire clubs if you don’t have your own.
Corner Anzac Parade & Cleveland Street, Moore Park, 2021
02 9663 1064
Monday: 10am – 11pm
Tuesday – Sunday: 6am – 11pm
Tempe Golf Range
Tempe Golf Range has 29 all-weather floodlit bays (arrange on one level) for your ball-hitting pleasure. Operating from 9am through to 9pm, you’ve got plenty of time to head down and whack a few over lunch, or to wind down after a day in the office. Clubs can be hired for a small fee if you don’t have your own. The range itself is an expanse of grass with a few nets to aim for, otherwise, it’s just a place to practice your power.
22 Holbeach Avenue, Tempe, 2044
02 9559 1162
Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 8pm
Barton Park is situated a short drive from Sydney Airport. Once you arrive, you’ll be treated to 30 covered bays so you can hit some balls come rain or shine. Two grass hitting tees let you practice your putting and balls used are the same white golf balls you’d expect to find on a regular course. Barton Park also prides itself on the lessons it offers beginners and amateurs alike and is open early from 7.30 am – 5.30pm everyday (currently closed on Mondays for extra cleaning).
210 West Botany Street, Arncliffe, 2205
02 9567 7234
Tuesday – Sunday: 7am – 5pm
Cullen’s driving range can be found within the St. Michael’s Golf Club in Little Bay, which, being a coastal club, offers sublime panoramic views out to the ocean. If you’re not quite as handy with a club as you’d like to think, Cullen’s has PGA professionals coaches on stand by to help improve your swing, and you can even book private lessons should you wish.
2 Jennifer Street, Little Bay, 2036
02 9694 1599
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 3pm
Saturday: 8am – 4pm
Sunday: 8am – 3pm
George’s River Driving Range
Situated within George’s River Golf Course, this full-length driving range offers up 10 fully-covered bays for you to smash some balls. If it’s your putting game you need to work on, then George’s River also offers a grass practice area. Ken Trimble, the club’s PGA professional can also help you perfect your swing even further, in case it’s a little rusty.
255 Henry Lawson Drive, Georges Hall, 2198
02 9724 1615
Monday – Sunday: 6am – 6pm
Liverpool Driving Range
Head west out of the CBD towards Liverpool to the suburb’s golf course and you’ll be greeted with a 240-metre driving range – also nestled alongside George’s River – that is perfect for hitting a few balls with an Iron Club. Once you’ve released a build-up of energy, you can head to either the putting or chipping greens to hone your other golfing skills.
Hollywood Drive, Lansvale, 2166
02 9728 7777
Monday: 6am – 6.30pm
Tuesday – Sunday: 6am – 7.30pm
Golf In The City
If you fancy thwacking a few balls during the day but you have to do that little thing called work, then Golf In The City offers the perfect compromise. As the name suggests, it’s placed perfectly in the city for workers wanting to hit a few during their lunch hour or as soon as the clock hits 5pm. It’s not a conventional driving range, but rather a simulation of real-world courses that has you hitting balls at a projection screen. The technology on offer is able to analyse your drives, with the intention of helping you improve each time.
8 Spring Street, Sydney, 2000
02 8964 9972
Monday: 11.30am – 6pm
Tuesday – Friday: 11am – Late (subject to bookings)
Saturday: Advanced Group Bookings Only
Pittwater Golf Centre
It’s not just those south of the bridge that get to have all the ball-hitting fun, as Pittwater Golf Centre’s driving range has 40 wide, floodlit bays, meaning there’s a greater chance of you being able to make a booking. If you’re still finding your swing, there are three dedicated training bays away from the main action. Distance markers make it easy to compete against your mates and targets turn your session into a proper competition. Pittwater also offers driving range ball packages (up to 5000 balls) that can be used across a 12-month period, along with discounts in both the Proshop and Avalon and Long Reef golf courses.
1500 Pittwater Road, Warriewood, 2102
02 9913 7991
Monday – Sunday: 8am – 9pm (last balls 8pm)
Sharks Golf is a dedicated driving range facility west of the city in Horsley Park. It remains running no matter the weather and has bays split over three levels to add some variation to your game. Sharks Golf is happy for you to take your own clubs if you have them, or you can choose to rent the ones on offer. It may be a short drive out of the city, but the facilities are rated as some of the best in the entire state of NSW, so will be well worth it.
1647 The Horsley Drive, Horsley Park, 2175
Monday: 11am – 10pm
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm
Sydney Driving Ranges FAQ
How often should I go to a driving range?
There's no real right or wrong answer to this question, although if you go every day during the week you could end up with a very sore arm. Aim to go two or three times a week to really help get the practice in.
Is the driving range a good workout?
Yes, swinging and hitting several hundred balls is a great way to exercise, while having fun at the same time.