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Best driving ranges in the Bay Area

By Brandon Bone

Below highlights the best driving ranges in the San Francisco Bay Area. All these ranges offer golf lessons, and are accessible from all corners of the Bay. These facilities will help you get your game in shape to hit the links this year!

1) Oceanview Driving Range

227 Kelly Ave. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 - $6 to $10 per bucket

Great place to get away from life for a bit. There is a large range with lots of stalls, but the shop only takes exact change. Furthermore, other amenities like hitting off grass (instead of mats), or practicing at the chipping and putting green are an additional charge.

2) Mariners Point Golf Center

2401 E 3rd Ave. Foster City, CA 94404 - $9 to $16 per bucket

Plenty of opportunities here to improve your game. With professional instructors and a trackman available, the sky's the limit when deciding how much better you want to become. There is a 9-hole, par-3 course along the bay that is lighted for night play as well. Overall, a great option as far as facilities go.

Mariners Point Golf Center

Looking to meet other golfers in the Bay Area? Check out the Bay Area City Tour which hosts weekend, team tournaments throughout the summer. You can sign-up as a free agent or start your own golf team. 

3) Stanford Golf Driving Range

198 Junipero Serra Blvd. Stanford, CA 94305 - $3 per 25 balls

With 50 stalls and 5 of those designed for left-handed golfers, the Stanford Golf Driving Range will never have traffic. The range even has lights if you want to hit balls after dinner or after work. Lessons are also offered on a designated grass area and instructors teach in groups or privately. This facility has plenty to offer making one of the best driving ranges in the Bay Area with a spectacular 18 hole course as well. 

4) Pleasanton Golf Center

4501 Pleasanton Ave. Pleasanton, CA 94566 - $8 to $15 per bucket

The best thing about this range is the covering it offers, so rain or shine you can be protected from the weather to focus on your game. Like the Stanford range, the Pleasanton Golf Center has lighted bays for practicing after the sun goes to sleep. There is also a putting green and gigantic chipping green (no, they do not charge extra for using these amenities).

If you are looking to take your practice sessions out to the course, check out this article with the 5 best public golf courses in the Bay Area for some recommendations. If the weather forces you inside, you can find a list of the best indoor places in the Bay Area in this article.

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