A driving range is a wonderful place for golfers to
practice, for people wanting to start learning the game, where instructors
can give lessons and for anyone to spend an hour or two in healthful
recreation. It can be a
profitable golf facility without the large land requirement and overhead
of a full-sized golf course. But
eventually most customers want to do more than just hit range balls off
mats or even natural grass. They
want to test their skill playing a course and recording a score.
The site for a range must be deep enough, say 300
yards (275 meters). Wide
enough, 300 yards is also ideal and on land with no extreme contours.
Up to 20 acres (8 hectares) is a good size. Some trees framing a range’s 150-yard (137-meter) wide
fairway helps golfers to aim. There
should be buffer areas on both sides of a range’s fairway so errant
balls can be found and easily picked up.
These and the tee line at the beginning of the fairway, a service
building or clubhouse, one or two practice greens nearby and the parking
lot are essentials for a nice driving range.
And as implied above, a course that could be played would add
greatly to the appeal of a facility.
But how could a course be possible at a reasonable cost without
Shows a way a hybrid golf course could be laid out
in combination with a driving range for using each during certain hours of
Not only the range’s fairway should be prepared and
maintained similar to a golf course’s fairways, but also the buffer
areas on each side should be like that.
A range’s busiest times for customers are in late afternoons,
evenings and after dark, if it is lighted.
Golf courses are played more in mornings and early afternoons. So how about utilizing the same land in both of those ways
during the times the demand is typically heaviest for each? That is as a course to play on all that grass maintained like
a fairway in the mornings and until perhaps 3, 4 or 5 in the afternoons.
Then as a driving range until closing.
Naturally the balls would have to be picked up after the range
closes, in order to be ready for play as a course the next morning.
Retrieving the range balls then is a good idea anyway, so they
don’t remain out in the weather and could sometimes get stolen.
How in the world can a course take only approximately
20 acres? Here’s how.
The course will be played with the Cayman ball.
This ball has satisfying flight characteristics without going
nearly as far in distance or offline as a golf ball.
Because of their lightness, errant Cayman balls are not likely to
injure nearby people as would them being struck by heavier and
faster-flying golf balls. To also allow more playing into less space only one club is
used, a hybrid club. Combined
with the Cayman ball, a hybrid club makes it easy even for a novice golfer
to get their shots airborne and to perform acceptably.
another hybrid golf course layout with this driving range.
Now for the rest of this concept that would give what
might aptly be called a hybrid golf course.
There are no conventionally constructed tees and greens.
Tee markers are appropriately placed for hitting towards a target
pole. These lengths could be
from 45 meters (50 yards) to more than 190 meters (210 yards).
Each pole would be a different color matched in color by its tee
markers. Players aim at the
pole, but more exactly for stopping their ball inside one of the two
circles painted on the grass around each pole.
When a player’s ball stops in the larger circle, they add two
stokes to their score and go on to the tee markers of another color.
If from outside the larger circle a player stops his/her ball
inside the smaller circle, they add only one stroke.
Hazards could be nearly vertical walls in the direction of its
pole. So if a player’s ball
stopped behind a wall, it would likely restrict their next shot being hit
directly towards the pole and circles.
Shallow water ponds could also act as hazards even though the
Cayman ball floats. Players
would start their round at any tee markers and after stopping their ball
inside a circle could go to any other tee markers that were empty and they
haven’t yet played. Players
keep going to new tee markers until they’ve play every color on the
course. This is not a
follow-the-leader procedure as on golf courses, where holes are numbered,
which can result in frustrating waits when stuck behind a slower-playing
Since these courses don’t have constructed tees and
greens, from time to time the poles, circles and tee markers could be
moved to new locations on the fairway-like grass.
These changes would mean players then hit in new directions with
different shot demands. A
hybrid course could be combined with a commercial driving range or at the
practice range of a regular golf course.
When that course’s range is not in use, the hybrid course should
especially attract beginners, kids or any golfers wanting to play a quick
round. Such a combined facility could also fit at a golf
school/academy, university, school or institution of another kind, hotel,
resort and anywhere else wanting to offer golf but lacking sufficient
land, funds or demand for a full-sized course.
a third possible hybrid golf course layout and driving range.
Such a facility is much more than a plain range.
It double utilizes the land to give a course for a range’s
off-peak periods. For many
hours players could have fun finessing a friendly ball around with an
easy-to-hit club. Then later
that same day anyone could enjoy busting golf balls great distances with a
thin-walled and big-headed driver from the range’s tee, plus also
practicing their other clubs. Someone
who has or wants a driving range and has a site of sufficient size could
consider this crafty combination. Both
functions would produce revenue for its operator.