But I was looking for a driving range, something that particular course doesn't have. The caretaker directed me to the Bay Hills Golf Course a short distance away. This is a full 18-hole course and the grass looked a lot better, but the greens fees are still pretty decent. It was fairly deserted, but there were a few people playing.
I spent $6 for a huge bucket of balls and went to work swinging. I really need to work on my woods and hybrid irons; I've got a wicked slice and more than once managed to drive a ball off the range onto an adjacent cart path. Fortunately traffic was light, and I made sure to check the area before taking a swing. My best drive was about 200 yards, but most were in the 100-150 yard range. I did much better with the irons, including one fantastic shot with my $5 6 iron that went about 170-180 yards, better than most of my shots with the driver.
After I ran out of balls, I went over to the practice putting green and did some putting. My aim is pretty good, but I need to work on power; I made one putt from about 50 feet away that was dead on target but was too hard and hopped over the hole. I wanted to use their practice bunker, but it was full of water.
As I went back to my car, I saw a range ball in the middle of the parking lot and wondered if that was my fault. I was the only person using the driving range the whole time I was there. The ball was a good 50 yards behind where I was teeing up.
Overall I spent about an hour and a half practicing. I'm all kinds of sore and stiff now.