Although Edinburgh is awash with magnificent golf courses it only has a few golf ranges. Booking is not normally required and it is just a simple case of going to the chosen venue and off you go. Further information can be obtained from links to other golf course. Both in the Lothians and the City Of Edinburgh. I have done the research and all you have to do is look at the choices and make a decision. This can be done from the comfort of your own home at your own pace. There are other golf ranges nearby and you will find those in the Lothians pages
A driving range is an area where golfers can practice their golf swing. It can also be a recreational activity itself for amateur golfers or when enough time for a full game is not available. Many golf courses have a driving range attached and they are also found as stand-alone facilities, especially in urban areas. They are typically run by businesses or sometimes by universities. Distances are usually marked by target greens at regular distances. Driving ranges may have natural grass, similar to a golf course, or players may have to use synthetic mats that resemble real turf.
Golfers pay for various sizes of buckets of balls, usually designated as small (30–50 balls), medium (50-80 balls), and large (80-150 balls), and hit at their leisure. Some ranges feature electronic tee devices, which load balls automatically, and record ball use on a smart card. Often there are golf professionals available to give lessons and instruction. Balls are retrieved by a specialty cart with a brush and roller attachment that automatically picks up balls and a cage that protects the driver from incoming balls. In urban and suburban areas, large nets protect surrounding people and structures from errant balls. Driving ranges are particularly popular in Japan where golf courses are overcrowded and often very expensive. Many commercial driving ranges are seen in conjunction with other sports-related practice areas such as batting cages or miniature golf, for entertainment. Some driving ranges also offer areas for practice chip shots, bunker shots, and putting.
Braids Hill Driving Range
As it's name suggests this golf range is situated in the Braid Hills area of Edinburgh. Apart from practice the range offers excellent tuition on all aspects of he game of golf. It offers 42 floodlit bays, 3 teaching bays, a short practice area and 3 putting greens. On site is a coffee bar,an American Discount Store, a physiotherapist and a repair centre for golf gear. Contact can be made from here on the link above or by telephoning 0131 658 1111.
Bruntsfield Golf Range
The Bruntsfield 6 bay Driving Range is located directly beside the clubhouse and main car park which is available for warm up play with irons. 2 netted bays are designated for using woods and there are 2 practice putting greens including a newly designed 18 hole putting green located adjacent to the 1st Tee. Members have unlimited access to complimentary driving range balls. Visitors are permitted to use the range to warm up at no charge if they have reserved and checked-in for their tee time at the golf professionals shop.
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