Tee-d Off: Finding A Driving Range In Midtown Atlanta
With as many public golf courses as we have, you would think that finding a decent driving range in midtown Atlanta would be easier.
For the past few months I’ve tried to find a driving range in midtown Atlanta that didn’t totally sketch me out. Keep in mind; I am not a “full-time” golfer. I hit the links occasionally with friends and family, many of whom are members of private clubs. All I need is a non-pretentious range to go on the weekends where I practice my swing and maybe get out a little stress.
Unfortunately, the driving ranges in the most immediate area of downtown, Jim Hearn Golf Center and Grand Slam Baseball and Golf, remind me more of worn-down amusement parks than golf facilities. Call me a snob but anywhere that the parking lot reminds me of a scene from Killer Klowns From Outer Space is non-starter.
The other option, the First Tee Atlanta at John A. White Park though is beautiful but too far out-of-the-way to really be worth a casual bucket of balls on the weekend.
Finally, I ventured out to try the driving range at the Charlie Yates Golf Course. It’s located in the East Lake community of Atlanta, about five minutes from Candler Park. Though it’s still a 15-minute drive from midtown, Yates is probably the most convenient of all the ranges I tried.
The facilities are very well-kept and easy to navigate. The paved parking area flows seamlessly to the recently renovated pro shop. Though the range itself is distinctively urban, you’ll find more diversity here at this club than probably any other in Atlanta. The people are friendly and definitley accepting of golfers of all experience levels.
Though I know my taste isn’t everyone’s, I really do think that Charlie Yates has the best all-around operation of all of the driving ranges I tried. In fact, think of this review as a little digital karma. If you’ve got other experiences, feel free to share them in the comments and perhaps I’ll see you out on the course.