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Old 10-20-2015, 04:04 AM
 
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What are your favorite driving ranges for public use in and around Venice? We are new to the area and would love to try out different places, pretty surroundings and maybe a good restaurant would be a plus, but mainly a place that will let a non-member hit a bucket of balls?
We asked at Sarasota National and were told to use the driving range was 10 dollars an hour for each of us, minimum. We are used to paying for a bucket and sharing it. Thanks for any suggestions, we dont mind driving a ways for a nice spot!
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Have never been to a public driving range/practice facility in Venice/SRQ/et al, but a quick net search shows:

Venice Golf Driving Ranges and Practice Facilities

A public track in Venice, (there aren't many true public courses in SW FL, that come to mind):
Lake Venice Golf Club - Venice, Florida

Another link, somewhat repetitive:
https://www.google.com/search?source....0.71C41K2Y8Lo

A few tracks allow for walk ons/public play, but in 'season', Dec through April, many tracks/clubs are packed, in my experience.

GolfNow link provides for some open tee times, and sometimes less than expensive usual walk on/in season pricing...

Or, find a new friend/neighbor that belongs to a club.

GL, mD
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:28 PM
 
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Thankyou for your suggestiins, motordavid!
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:26 AM
 
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My husband is a golfer and is very disappointed with the public driving ranges in this area
he says they are very short and force him to only practice his short irons and not his driver

that may not be issue with other people but he likes to use all the clubs in his bag when he goes to the driving range

if you belong to a private club I am sure it isn't a problem
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:35 AM
 
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Thanks for the input, loves2read! Does he have any favorites? I guess at Venice Lakes you can hit with the driver as it goes into a net.
We aren't in a position to join a club as we just moved here and need to get to know the area, we heard there were lots of public courses but I guess we didn't realize there would not be lots of driving ranges!
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