The founders of Cadillac Golf Ranch felt that most practice ranges were too impersonal, never quite feeling like home. With that in mind, they designed what they envisioned a "club without a golf course," replete with all the luxuries and camaraderie of a full-scale course. Dimpled orbs take flight within the well-manicured bermuda-grass alleyways of Cadillac Golf Ranch's 60,000-square-foot driving range. Synthetic hitting mats unfurl underneath a rustic, heated shelter and real grass launch pads purr in appreciation of artfully shaped divots. Practice sand traps emulate the testy lies of fairway bunkers, and the range also boasts more nettled hitting areas to fine-tune shots out of the rough.
Putt-putt protégés can smooth out chips and putts at the club's indoor and outdoor short-game facilities or crush drives in their indoor hitting bays—where swing-analysis software breaks down each pendulous motion and video playback introduces golfers to a digital doppelganger soon to become their inferior. Back muscles weary from an intense practice session can convalesce on the overstuffed leather couches of the ranch's lounge, which boasts two 55-inch TVs.