Thanks to Topgolf, I’ve recently discovered that although my form is both completely made up and stunningly bad, I really, really enjoy hitting golf balls.
Thanks to Topgolf, I’ve also discovered that doing so is not a cheap hobby, with the rentable bays going for up to $45 an hour. Tack on the incredibly long waits (my group waited for three hours last weekend) and sometimes frustrating and slow restaurant service, it’s not an experience that makes for a quick, casual Saturday afternoon outing.
If you’re looking for the inexpensive, casual Saturday afternoon on the links feeling without playing all – or any of – the holes, I’ve got your back, because so am I.
Here are five driving ranges and their prices.
Dana Rader Golf School
Bucket price: $20 for 85 balls
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in season (March through October). 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during the winter (November through February).
Address: 13404 Ballantyne Corporate Place
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Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course Driving Range
Bucket price: $4 for 25 balls, $7 for 45 balls, $9 for 80 balls
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week
Address: 1225 Remount Road
Bucket price: $6-$15
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to dark Saturday and Sunday
Address: 10401 Cadillac Street, Pineville
Leatherman Golf Learning Center
Bucket price: $6 for 35 balls, $9 for 65 balls, $12 for 100 balls, $15 for 140 balls. Pro tip: Check out the Bucket of Beer & Bucket of Balls combos (starting at $25 for 4 domestics and two medium buckets, up to $47.50 for 6 C3 IPAs and two large buckets).
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Address: 5845 South Tryon Street
Westwood Driving Range
Bucket price: $4-$12
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Address: 5604 Beatties Ford Road