No matter what your skill level as a golfer, practice is essential. And while the best way to get better at your game is to actually play the course (or many courses), there’s no place like the driving range for working on your power or accuracy off the tee.
It’s also the perfect place to spend a few hours if you’re in the mood to hit the ball but not to walk or golf cart around. We’ve compiled a list of the best driving ranges in Florida where you can get your drive on at any time!
As they say, practice makes perfect, so whether you’re new to the game and working on your form or an old pro wanting to loosen up the arms and shoulders, there’s a spot on the range for you.
World Woods Golf Club
This spot has been ranked the top practice facility in the USA by Golf Magazine, so you can expect World Woods Golf Club to be an excellent spot to hit some practice balls and work on your game.
The “Practice Park” spans a huge 20 acres, with grass tee stations in four corners—north, south, east, and west. They play into the center of a circular range, complete with practice greens and sand traps, allowing you to work on your accuracy from a variety of angles and distances.
Play one of the 3 practice holes—par 3, par 4, and par 5—work on precision on the iron range, or take an amble around the 2-acre putting course. With this many options for training, you don’t even need to play a full round!
PGA National Resort
PGA National is a top-notch, championship golfing experience featuring 6 fantastic golf courses. Then, it goes without saying that it also has a state-of-the-art practice facility.
Three practice areas with 150 tee-off stations mean that there’s always space for you to hit some practice balls here.
One of the best things about this course is that they also offer training on an HD Golf Simulator, meaning you can do some driving here even if the weather’s bad, which is a bonus.
The simulator “driving range” is one of the best ways to get insight into your swing. Not only can you get all the data on your form (and how to improve it), but you can also play on one of the 25 preloaded virtual golf courses from around the world.
Orange County National Golf Club
Proclaimed as the largest driving range in the nation, Orange County National Golf Club features a full-circle driving range that covers 42 acres in total.
The 360-degree nature of this range not only prevents boredom, but it allows you to get a well-rounded practice from a number of different angles toward the 8 practice greens in the center. 600 tee spaces allow space for everyone, all the time.
You can practice your putting game as well, on their 22,000 square foot green. As a bonus, this putting practice space is also lit at night, so if you can only get away for an hour or two late in the evening, you can still get some great training in.
There’s also a short game training area and a full-length putting course, providing you with one of the most well-rounded practice facilities in the state.
TPC Sawgrass, home of The PGA Tour Players Championship, features an impressive practice facility which is, of course, built as close to USGA standards as possible.
A grass fairway in the shape of an X provides golfers the opportunity to work on shot variations. Five target greens protected by sand traps and palm trees make playing conditions as close as possible to what you’d expect on the course.
If you want more specific instruction on your form, you can make use of the Performance Center’s technology for a fee. It’s one of the most comprehensive tech centers and, features items like BODITRAK force-sensing mats, K-VEST 3D wearable biofeedback devices, Quintic Ball Roll software, and Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plates, to name a few.
Don’t be fooled by the commercialization of TopGolf. They may be more of a gamified type of golf that’s accessible to the masses, but you can get an excellent practice in by playing a round or two with your friends every now and then.
TopGolf uses microchips in their golf balls and Toptracer technology to give you feedback on every shot. One of the best things about TopGolf as a “driving range” is that it’s a fantastic training session for golfers of every skill level.
In fact, we highly recommend it for golfers who are still fairly new to the game. If you’re a little intimidated by hitting balls on the real driving range in the beginning, hone your skills at TopGolf St. Mary!
Just make sure your form is flawless and remember that at some point, if you want to play in the real world, you need to train in the real world too!
Drive Shack Florida
Rivaling TopGolf is Drive Shack, with ranges kitted out with Trackman technology to track your every move. You can get data on things like your launch angle, speed tracking, and ball flight tracking, all of which can give you valuable insight into your swing and help you to improve.
Day, night, alone, or with friends, Drive Shack is a great choice of driving range for those who would prefer to stay away from the conventional driving range or need something a little different for a change.
Florida Golf courses and resorts are a dime a dozen, but the list above includes the best driving ranges in Florida if you don’t feel like knocking out a full round. Sometimes, sun, clubs, and golf carts go together better than sun, sand, and sea!
Remember, no matter how good a golfer you are and how much practice you get on the real course, hitting a few dozen balls on the range can do wonders for your form. Here, it’s just you and the club… Nothing to distract you from getting that swing perfect.
Don’t neglect range time – even the pros make sure to get it in! But with these spectacular driving ranges in Florida, pounding balls down the open space has never been so satisfying.
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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.
About the Author
Jordan Fuller is a golf enthusiast who’s played on courses around the country. When he’s not on the course (or the driving range), he’s researching and writing handy articles for his website, Golf Influence.