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  • #11315
    TophToph
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    I’m bored and this is an area of expertise for me. Will make a start and then add more content later. There have been some changes recently and as a range rat I’m not impressed. A couple of my favs are closed or have got worse and I’m wondering where to go now. None use real balls, some don’t have a short game area much.

    1. Royal Pines
    Used to be fantastic.great short game area and nice grass tees. now basically not available unless your a member or hotel guest. Noticed they have just dug up half the short game green possibly for foundations.
    Result – was no need to make it exclusive. get stuffed.

    2. Colonial
    $7 for 40. Great short game area. Grass tees. Used to have mainly real balls just now switched to old old worn out second hand range balls. Bunkers more mud than sand. Used to be quiet now getting busier. Not enough distance markers. No one there to stop you messing around with your own shag bag. With looming residential development will likely close maybe for ever. A real loss.
    Result- ok for a session but poor balls and bunkers now a negative. Will probably disappear soon.

    3. Robina Woods
    $10 for 100 (I think). Good quality range balls. Great short game area. Privately run and pro is a great guy and usually there. Nice grass tees. Bunker is GIR and has been for months while we wait for Clive to pull his finger out.
    Result- lovely range but you can’t just hit your own balls around. No bunker.

    Tallebudgera
    Great targets including a couple of old cars. No putting green. No usable short gameplay area when I went. Range balls are not great and poor quality mats. No grass. It’s a no from me.

    Emerald lakes
    Big busy complex. Mainly mats sometimes a grass tee open but not good quality. Range balls are ok quality. Lots of targets. Great short game area. Practice putting green usually a bit shaggy and slow. Can get crowded.
    It’s OK but can be too busy.

    Gainsborough Greens
    It’s a hike to the practice area. Range balls mixed quality. Great short game area but another hike to get to that.
    The pros are great for teaching (I go here for that)
    Rather too inconvenient

    Palm Meadows
    Great pro shop for repairs and fittings and good reputation for lessons.
    Putting green is tiny unless you hike over to clubhouse.
    Reasonable short game area but not very big
    Good quality range balls in 3 sizes and grass tees.
    Can get busy.
    It’s pretty good.

    #11316
    TophToph
    Participant

    Essentially there used to be about 3 ranges with good short game areas plus grass tees plus real balls. Now I don’t think there’s a single one with all that. In fact not a single one with Just real balls even.

    #11322
    MadamMadam
    Keymaster

    Essentially there used to be about 3 ranges with good short game areas plus grass tees plus real balls. Now I don’t think there’s a single one with all that. In fact not a single one with Just real balls even.

    lakelands has a good set up. Not sure if they allow public to practice there?

    #11323
    TophToph
    Participant

    I’ll check. I also have to report on KDV

    Essentially there used to be about 3 ranges with good short game areas plus grass tees plus real balls. Now I don’t think there’s a single one with all that. In fact not a single one with Just real balls even.

    lakelands has a good set up. Not sure if they allow public to practice there?

    #11347
    TophToph
    Participant

    Think I’ve worked out the Colonial problem. There’s now a pro who sets up for lessons all Saturday morning with Some young Asian golfers. . Pretty sure he goes through and picks out any half decent ball leaving the worn out rocks for everyone else. I went this arvo just after a collection and half the balls were good pick ups again.
    With two greens and two bunkers in the complex, large short game area, reasonable grass tees and (if you go at the right time) a mix of good balls and old range balls in your bucket, it’s the pick of the bunch so far. Even though the bunkers could go a tip of sand. But then, if you can get out of that mud you can get out of anything. Right?
    Will be sad if Clive builds units all over it soon. I would never buy there. I’ve seen the high tide mark 15 feet up the trees on that course. Good luck to your car in the underground garage!

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    #11349
    MadamMadam
    Keymaster

    I’ll check. I also have to report on KDV

    Essentially there used to be about 3 ranges with good short game areas plus grass tees plus real balls. Now I don’t think there’s a single one with all that. In fact not a single one with Just real balls even.

    lakelands has a good set up. Not sure if they allow public to practice there?

    KDV low % balls I believe as range very short and balls go over fence

    #11979
    AvatarBeard
    Participant

    The KDV range is very short and triangle shaped, the nets don’t contain a hooked 6 iron 😬

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    #11983
    MadamMadam
    Keymaster

    The KDV range is very short and triangle shaped, the nets don’t contain a hooked 6 iron 😬

    Or a sliced 3iron!

    #11990
    AvatarPants
    Participant

    The one at the Glades is ok – however, the one time I’ve used it, we couldn’t hit anything more than a 4 iron as it would go to far over the back.
    I didn’t use the short game section so unsure, but looked ok when walking past.

    #11991
    TophToph
    Participant

    The KDV range is very short and triangle shaped, the nets don’t contain a hooked 6 iron 😬

    Used to
    Be such a great range. Maybe they shouldn’t have built 36 tennis courts or however many they have.
    I also was told that they charge for the short game area by the hour. Is that right?

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    #11992
    AvatarPants
    Participant

    paying for the short game area is probably so they can recoup money on the cost of maintenance etc.

    I have had to pay at courses before (not gold coast) to use the facilities to practice – something like $5 for an hour etc.

    #11993
    MadamMadam
    Keymaster

    The KDV range is very short and triangle shaped, the nets don’t contain a hooked 6 iron 😬

    Used to
    Be such a great range. Maybe they shouldn’t have built 36 tennis courts or however many they have.
    I also was told that they charge for the short game area by the hour. Is that right?

    To Keep the rif raf out!

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