My local range is still working on the 'logistics', shame as the pro i work with can't do anything. I asked if the short game area was open, so we could b book a lesson there but that's still not an option.
I must admit to taking some range balls once, the range i was using at the time did a happy hour ( that I didn't know about) where it was 2 for 1, so after the basket fill ed and balls kept chugging out, I filled my bag up with the excess and used them next time
Just been down to my local range and was really impressed with their CV setup. Sanitiser as you go in, clear markings on the floor as you got served and plastic barrier to keep assistant safe. As you went in you told one assistant how many balls you wanted and she went and placed them in the bay whilst you paid, all card payments or your range account. When you finished, the basket was left in the bay and they sanitised it before it was used again. Hand sanitiser was also available on the way out along with wipes for your clubs if you wanted them. Very impressed
Crap. Booked the practice ground for 8am (not allowed in car park until 15 minutes before playing/practicing)...when I showed up at 7:45 there was already one person hitting. After 20 minutes another person shows up. I packed up and came home. With an open field practice ground, I will share with one person...but not two others. I'm going to have a talk with the pro shop tomorrow (through the door, nobody gets in) I'll see if they will let me going back to my normal hours which at this time of year is about 6:30. I don't share well.
Until Thursday it's the outdoor area only, which is actually good practice as it's pretty uneven and the grass isnt great! More realistic than hitting off mats! £5 for 75 balls, loads of space.
From Thursday the main range will be open, they're currently rejigging the layout to provide more space. All bays will have protracer screens, will be interesting to see how that's managed - I guess someone will be cleaning the screen after each person has used a bay. One person dishing out balls in sanitised baskets, one other sanitising the screens. We will see.....
Anyway, it's off to a good start in terms of being very responsible and sensitive to the current situation. The very worst thing any range could do right now is not take things seriously enough and it look like golf is abusing the opportunity to get going again
And you have to prebook and no slots at all for the weekend. Too overpriced though so won't bother. The one near me is open but not sure on the cost of balls as I got mine as part of the lesson yesterday. No pre-booking at this stage but will look at it if the range gets too busy.
What could be a cracking little open air 10 bay range is my nearest, I spent the winter hitting balls there, could be great but clearly the staff can't be bothered, there's no leadership and the place is dirty and scruffy.
Unsurprisingly they are about the only place still not open, needless to say it's owned by the shower that is Crown golf 😡