The Seattle area’s world-class golf courses also offer a community perfect for practice with wonderful driving ranges and lessons galore. Driving ranges differ in size, price and opportunities, but most have heated facilities for chilly days and shelter from the rain. Most offer other facilities to allow practice on putting, chipping and escaping sand traps. Check out Seattle’s best driving ranges.
Interbay Golf Center
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $5 small bucket (34 balls)/$8 medium bucket (68 balls)/$10 large bucket (102 balls)/$13 jumbo bucket (155 balls)
Note: Prices subject to change by season.
Interbay Golf Center is a City of Seattle Parks and Rec venue, and a great place for the whole family to golf. It offers a driving range and miniture golf, 80 tees and weather protection. The facility is lit for evening golf and has 40 heated stalls.
CBS Seattle’s Insider Tip: Come before 9 a.m. Monday through Friday for double balls.
University of Washington Golf Range
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (March); hours change monthly
Price: $4.50 to $6.00 general public/$3.00 to $3.75 seniors/$2.75 to $3.00 UW students/$3.50 to $5.00 UW faculty and staff/$4.25 to $5.50 alumni (regular to large bucket of balls)
This golf range is open to everyone, located by the lower parking lot near University Village. The driving range features 43 tees, 20 of them covered. In addition, the facility offers two putting greens as well as target greens, classes and lighting for evening use. Parking for patrons is free in the spaces in front of the facility.
Puetz Golf Driving Range
Price: $6 to $11 members/$7.00 to $12 non-members (small to large bucket of balls)
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m./Sun – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Find this golf range in north Seattle, right off Aurora Avenue. It offers 28 covered, heated tees and targets for limited-flight-range balls. The facility is lit for night practice, and has yard markers clearly displayed. In addition to the driving range, take advantage of a free putting green or take classes for any skill level in two heated bays.
Gold Creek Golf
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $5.00 small bucket (approx. 65 balls)/$6.00 large bucket (approx. 85 balls)
This public facility offers 100 tees, either covered or on the grass. Practice on the putting green, chipping area or a sand trap to sharpen those skills. Members receive discounts and free usage of golf clubs for practice. Take advantage of the nearby trail link to Sammamish-Burke Gilman Trail.
Redwood Golf Center
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m./Sun – 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (fall and winter)/Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m./Sun 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (spring and summer)
Price: $4.50 small bucket (34 balls)/$6.50 large bucket (85 balls)
This facility 10 miles from Seattle on the Eastside of Lake Washington offers 50 stations, 25 of which are covered and heated. The upper 25 are open to the weather. In April, Redwood’s hours change to spring/summer as listed above. Discount prices are offered before noon Monday through Friday, or use pre-paid punch cards. This facility offers adult and junior classes every month.
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