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My ideal practice range can be found at Windsong Farm in Minnesota. Just copy that.
Good turf, firm conditions. Never mats!Water to drink. Trash cans. Good club cleaning boxes.Good targets, but not necessary to have elaborate greens, bunkers. etc.Places to sit in the shade to watch and think.Balls that go normal lengths.As much space as possible. The bigger the better. No nets. But number one--good turf well maintained.
Sean - you know, I so think of you as the 'travelling golfer & guide' that it never occurred to me you might have a home club. And what a lovely one indeed you've settled on in B&B -- for me, it seems just the ideal spot to grow old with my golf clubs, a good book, a ploughman's lunch and cider, and a small scotch by the fire after some winter play. Happy for you -- and hope the reality comes at least somewhat close to my fantasy. Peter PS - didnt need the 'just wait', as I've looked up B&B on many a cold winter night
Quote from: BHoover on September 18, 2018, 04:51:54 PMMy ideal practice range can be found at Windsong Farm in Minnesota. Just copy that.No luck with range pictures on website or Google search. What makes it special and why would you pay to practice there?
Quote from: Jim Hoak on September 18, 2018, 06:33:41 PMGood turf, firm conditions. Never mats!Water to drink. Trash cans. Good club cleaning boxes.Good targets, but not necessary to have elaborate greens, bunkers. etc.Places to sit in the shade to watch and think.Balls that go normal lengths.As much space as possible. The bigger the better. No nets. But number one--good turf well maintained.A line of good quality mats(the kind you can put a tee into)-all connected can be a good thing when weather is wet/cold aerified etc.I actually enjoy hitting off a good mat(and they make some really good ones now) more than marginal or wet muddy turf-but I get the emphasis on good real turf.As far as space and balls that go normal lengths-that's another thing really affected by modern equipment.AN errant or long shot is far more likely to leave the range now than it was 20 years ago-and a range from that era no doubt had land constraints then that may severely hamper it now.I'd say a MAJORITY of high end courses in the MET Section now have irons only ranges-something that was not the case 25 years ago-remember they have to legislate/protect against those who actually can hit it 300 plus, and they do exist at every club these days.
One of my two local driving ranges used an old scrap car as a target at 150 yards. It was great fun (and not as easy as you'd imagine) trying to break the windshield or land one on the roof. Every month or so so they'd haul it away and drop another in its place.Unfortunately new operators have taken over and ditched the idea as "too gimmicky".I think they've made a mistake. It was the only USP they had over the neighbouring range a couple of miles away. I'd have cars at 100, 150, and 200 yards!