Some driving ranges, or practice areas, are attached to golf courses -- both public and private -- while others are stand-alone practice facilities. There is no federal law specifically dealing with the design and construction of the actual driving ranges, but they must provide access for people with physical disabilities and comply with various zoning restrictions. Additional local ordinances typically will come into play.
When a right-handed golfer’s tee shot curves to far to the left, the shot is described as a “hook.” This shot typically occurs when the club head moves across the ball from left to right, imparting side-spin on the ball. This is the same method by which a baseball pitcher throws a curve ball, but in the golfer’s case the excessive spin is unintentional. There are mechanical fixes that can help prevent a right-handed golfer from hooking the ball to the left, or a lefty from driving the ball too far to the right.
Driving ranges allow golfers to warm up for a round, to practice their existing skills or to work on new techniques. A driving range may simply consist of a few or several teeing areas facing an open field, but some driving range facilities include elaborate entertainment centers. There are many options to consider when you open a new driving range.
While golf is typically a warm weather sport, some avid golfers won’t let cold temperatures keep them from the course. Some courses or tournaments apply “winter rules” during cold, wet months, generally permitting players free relief from treacherous ground caused by the weather conditions. Even the U.S. Golf Association’s Rules of Golf even encourages tournament committees to stipulate winter rules when necessary “either to protect the course or to promote fair and pleasant play.” Common sense dictates that golfers wear warm but flexible clothing in the winter that won’t hamper their swings.