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Yearning to work on your long game but lacking in the ability to get to a covered driving range? No worries in our fair city, because that isn’t necessary. All the best golf facilities are open year-round. In fact, golf is such a popular sport in the Southland that indoor facilities hardly exist. That said, tghe following are the best place to drive that little white ball any day in the City of Angels.
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(credit:Grant H./Yelp)


Industry Hills Golf Club
1 Industry Hills Parkway
City of Industry, CA 91744
(626) 810-4653
www.lhgolfclub.com

For spacious stalls and both an upper and lower deck from which to choose as your domain while you swat your ball, the astro turf driving range at Industry Hills Golf Club is a winner. Lit at night, this outstanding outpost offers the advantage of getting in a few hours of practice after work is done for the day, as the facility is open until 10 p.m. That said, even if all doesn’t go as well as you want with your mighty swing, you’ll still be happy when you leave because the scene from the stage of the driving range is spectacular. While there, expect rubber tees, a well-maintained range and clean mats. Note: Official golfing attire is not necessary for practice sessions.

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(credit: Alina G./yelp)


Aroma Golf Academy
3680 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 389-2222
www.aromaresort.com

For a change of pace from the scenic outdoor courses in and around the City of Angels, head to Koreatown for a mind-blowing driving range experience that is partially indoors. Nets are stretched over the parking lodge of this inner city, four-story facility, making creative use of this space up high. The automatic tees are great for those golfers who don’t want to have to bend down and tee up each time before each swing. Because of this great addition to the typical range, many participants go through more balls than ever before — and that’s a good thing where practice is concerned.

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(credit: John M/Yelp)


Alhambra Driving Range
630 South Almansor St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 570-5059
www.alhambragolf.com

Power drives are best experienced at Alhambra as the range is a long 275 yards and boasts three levels, with the top dedicated to brushing up using your irons. If you go on a whim and without your clubs, borrow them to get your game up to snuff for a future date when you are more organized and ready for a full golfing experience.

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If you get to putt your stuff on a golf course this nice -- in this case the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena -- you get to consider yourself a snob. (credit: Brookside Golf Course)

If you get to putt your stuff on a golf course this nice — in this case the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena — you get to consider yourself a snob. (credit: Brookside Golf Course)


Brookside
1133 Rosemont Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 585-3594
www.brooksidegc.com

Pasadena is the perfect place to work on your long game, especially at this locally favorite facility situated next to the iconic Rose Bowl. On hand since 1928, the 36-hole course connected to this picturesque driving range was designed by William P. Bell, and features beautiful vistas all over the place. Just remember to make it to Brookside before the sun goes down since there are no lights on the free course or the range itself.

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(Credit: Michael S./Yelp)


Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-2555
www.laparks.org

Get in the swing by visiting the deluxe, two-level driving range near the eastern entrance of Griffith Park. Located not far from the zoo, and right on the path to where the zoo leads, this particular facility is popular with the golfing crowd as well as those who are just trying out the sport to see if they fit in. The top level is a good place for the latter to start since getting up on the top deck to smash the ball out into the wild blue yonder means you’ll have a better vantage point. Fore!

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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 and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com

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