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The Best Driving Ranges in Canberra

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Looking to improve your golf skills at one of Canberra’s best driving ranges? Excellent. You’ve come to the right place.

Canberra is home to a number of spectacular championship golf courses and driving ranges suitable for both beginners and seasoned players. In this article, we’ll share with you three fantastic driving ranges – all of which come highly recommended by local residents.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at which driving ranges in Canberra top the charts.

What makes a fantastic driving range?

Maybe you already know exactly what you’re looking for in a driving range. If not, here’s some inspiration to kick-start your search. Keep an eye out for the following characteristics:

  • Well maintained. The best driving ranges are well maintained by the club’s staff. Not only is the range itself looked after properly, but so too are the club’s gear and facilities.
  • Stunning backdrop. Sure, you may just be practising, but a stunning backdrop can make perfecting your swing that little bit more enjoyable. The region’s best golf courses are situated among some of Canberra’s most scenic areas.
  • Welcoming club. If you decided to join the golf club attached to the driving range, you should feel welcomed and a part of the community – even if this is your first time on the green.
  • Competitive price point. Look for a driving range that not only offers a competitive price point but also flexible pricing options depending on how often you plan to play.

The top driving ranges in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

It’s time to introduce the top driving ranges in Canberra according to you. Let’s get started.

Capital Public Golf Course

Capital Public Golf Course is a picture-perfect 18-hole golf course known as an oasis in the heart of the city. Since the early 1970s, Capital Public Golf Course has been renowned for its amazing bent grass greens. Offering unique challenges for golfers – even those among the very best in the sport – plus a driving range for swing perfecting, Capital Public Golf Course is one of the best clubs in the country. In fact, it’s known as ‘the friendly club’!

Canberra International Golf Centre

Canberra International Golf Centre offers one of Australia’s greatest driving ranges. Picture this: 64 bays, two-storey, totally undercover for all-weather play, and 28 automatic tee-up machines. There are also dedicated teaching bays in the driving range, so if you opt for golfing lessons (available for both kids and adults), you are always guaranteed a spot.

Gungahlin Lakes

The Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club’s driving range is open to the public every single day. 280 metres long and 50 metres wide, the range is finished with well-manicured grass, exactly the same as the club’s picturesque fairways. What’s more, the Gungahlin Lakes driving range is the only driving range in the district where private or group golf lessons are taught by experienced PGA Golf Professionals. So, if it’s golf lessons you’re after, the Gungahlin Lakes driving range could be the best option.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Driving Ranges.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra Driving Ranges. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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Skyring 4:55 am 19 Oct 15

As a satisfied VW owner, this post is not what I expected.

bearlikesbeer 2:50 pm 16 Oct 15

Jungle Jim said :

Many ranges don’t allow bags due to ball theft.

Narrabundah is the first I’ve encountered. A list of others in the ACT, and surrounds, would be appreciated. Then I’ll know which ranges to avoid.

rubaiyat 10:44 am 16 Oct 15

The ovals on both sides of the Mint in Deakin.

Free and open.

Mind you don’t hit the parachutists landing on the northern oval. 🙂

Jungle Jim 9:57 am 16 Oct 15

bearlikesbeer said :

The Narrabundah one wouldn’t permit me to take my bag of golf clubs onto the driving range. Something about people stealing range balls. Bloke at the counter suggested I either leave my bag unsecured in the pro shop, or run back and forth to my car each time I wanted to change clubs.

No bags of golf clubs at a golf driving range. I’m not making this up.

Dude, seriously? It’s not difficult to carry a small selection of clubs you’ve chosen to practice with from the car park to the range. Many ranges don’t allow bags due to ball theft.

I’ll second a nomination for Narrabundah as the only dedicated driving range left in town. Most of the practice facilities at golf courses in Canberra are almost afterthoughts with little more than practice nets – although the chipping greens are particularly useful and missing from the Narrabundah facility (available right across the road at Capital though).

chewy14 3:44 pm 15 Oct 15

Kim F said :

It’s called your local oval and you get heaps more exercise (mental & physical) as you then go for a walk to collect your hit balls and hit them back in the other direction.

Editor note: We would recommend making sure that there is no one else on the oval when you are hitting your golf balls.

And for the weekend hackers, good for leaving large divots in the playing fields for other people to injure themselves in.

bearlikesbeer 12:30 pm 15 Oct 15

The Narrabundah one wouldn’t permit me to take my bag of golf clubs onto the driving range. Something about people stealing range balls. Bloke at the counter suggested I either leave my bag unsecured in the pro shop, or run back and forth to my car each time I wanted to change clubs.

No bags of golf clubs at a golf driving range. I’m not making this up.

Kim F 12:06 pm 15 Oct 15

It’s called your local oval and you get heaps more exercise (mental & physical) as you then go for a walk to collect your hit balls and hit them back in the other direction.

Editor note: We would recommend making sure that there is no one else on the oval when you are hitting your golf balls.

Holden Caulfield 10:36 pm 14 Oct 15

I’ll nominate two.

The driving range in Narrabundah is pretty cool with its automatic ball feeders so you don’t even have to tee up the ball.

The other one, I’m not sure if it still even exists, is at the Gungahlin Country Club in Nicholls. I haven’t played there in well over 10 years, but back in the day I used to like aiming for the guy in the caged tractor who was collecting the golf balls. It also has a wonderful view towards to Brindabellas.

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