Valley View Driving Range stretches for 325 yards lengthwise across a 15-acre former rock quarry. At the center of this expanse, situated a laser-confirmed 150 yards from the elevated row of tees, sits the range's most salient characteristic: a large satellite dish painted with a red bullseye. Players rain golf balls down upon the target from 17 stalls with synthetic mats and a 3,000 square-foot Bermuda grass hitting surface that mimics a real fairway, even providing grass stains while practicing the slide tackles of avant-garde golf. After emptying a bucket onto the range, players can hone their putting and chipping finesse on 400 square feet of short game practice area, and then retire to the clubhouse where they'll find a pool table, televisions, and cold beers awaiting their arrival.
A percussive rhythm of impact rings through the air at North County Golf & Sports Center, whether its the smack of golf balls leaving grass and mat tees or the crack of baseball bats inside batting cage balls. Golfers of all ability levels enjoy use of covered, heated tees in inclement weather and can work on their short game skills on a large putting green. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, players can join in on instructional clinics held seven days a week, wherein they work on basic and advanced facets of their game including grip, stance, and alignment. If stationary targets don't present enough of a challenge, players can head over to the batting cages to practice transforming pitches into line drives, grounders, and nacho-ruining foul balls.
Eagle Flight Driving Range provides optimal ball-launching space for golfers to hone their drives to enviable precision. Each large range bucket contains 100 balls, freeing players to loosen up and perfect their form with dozens of no-stakes practice shots. The range’s 12 fixed AstroTurf tees ensure plenty of elbow room between golfers, and grass hitting areas double as realistic practice space and convenient grazing lands for caddy llamas.
Golf balls soar through the air and settle around various targets at Big Bend Golf Center, providing a steady soundtrack of thwacks as golfers practice their golf game. The center’s double-decker driving range boasts more than 25 hitting stations—including both grass and synthetic hitting mats—from which golfers can take aim at yardage markers that are boldly labeled with their distance from the tees. Covered by the top deck and warmed with outdoor heaters, the ground-level hitting bays let golfers practice their game year-round in any weather, rather than attempting to play with clubs made of icicles. Big Bend’s Golf Center complements the driving range with clinics and lessons with resident golf pros, who also provide re-gripping services and spike replacements for aging golf shoes.
At The Falls Golf Club, lush zoysia grass blankets challenging fairways populated by more than 200 mature trees, saved or relocated onto the course, as well as miniature lakes and fairway-splitting creeks. The doglegs and sand traps were designed by Ed Schultz, Terry Houser, and Bob Saur. Poorly aimed balls splash into placid water or tumble over the course’s half-dozen waterfalls, and the slopes of two-tiered greens can send them rolling away from pins. The course’s PGA professionals await players hoping to perfect their form.
Adjacent to the championship course, the 20-acre recreation center invites golfers to warm up at a practice facility with a buffet of practice options such as bermuda-grass tees, artificial mats, and a 6,000-square-foot putting green. Nearby, an 18-hole miniature golf course beckons putting enthusiasts, and the pitching machines in seven batting cages launch baseballs and softballs with precision in the hopes of one day pitching for the Cardinals.
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