Practice at firing a series of little white balls into the stratosphere not only helps your golf game but offers the catharsis everyone needs from time to time. Say fore at any of the following five driving ranges, arguably the best in and around Los Angeles.
Price: $10 large bucket/$6 medium bucket
Hours: Sunrise to 9 p.m.
A double-decker opportunity to perfect that swing, this driving range in the Los Feliz end of Griffith Park (entering on Riverside near the landmark fountain) is a busy one. So, if you want the chance to swat balls from the upper deck, be sure to get there very early on the weekends and before 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Long Beach Golf Learning Center
Price: mats basket rates – $11 jumbo/$9 large/$5 medium/grass basket rates $15 jumbo/$12 large/$7 medium
Hours: Tues to Sun – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Mon – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Heralded as one of the least expensive places to perfect your swing, and with discounts for early birds who show up before 9 a.m. during the week, Long Beach Golf Learning Center presents 80 practice tees. Long Beach Golf serves everyone from the serious golfer looking to up his or her game to the just-for-fun duffer looking to get in the golf groove at a place where everyone hits hard.
Aroma Wilshire Center
Price: call for specifics, membership based
Hours: weekdays – 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; weekends – 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The quintessential indoor-outdoor facility, Aroma Wilshire Center goes all out to provide everything from automated tee-up to a spend now, use later computerized pay system. Swing monitoring and pneumatic/height adjustment abilities make this spiffy 150-yard range, state-of-the-art idea for learning tricks to level up your game.
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Price: $10 large bucket/$6 for medium bucket
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Next to the Rose Bowl, legendary Brookside offers a 36-hole opportunity designed by William P. Bell in 1928 to best your game. The scenic driving range is inspirational and open to the public every day. But beware: This alluring facility has no outdoor lighting, so plan accordingly.
Price: $11 large bucket/$8.25 medium bucket/$5 small bucket
Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Augmenting a three par, nine-hole golf course, 24 stalls warm up your driving skills at this sporting complex that also includes tennis courts. A win-win-win opportunity in the San Fernando Valley.
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.