| Over the Range – Driving
ranges in the South
Summer is here and it's time to hit the links! Swing
still got kinks? Why not try out one of these four driving
ranges here in Kaohsiung and work out your game?
Words and photos by Dale
Translated by Ann Lee
Peach Garden Driving Range
426, HuaRong Rd, GuShan District, Kaohsiung
Hours: 8 am-10 pm
First on the list is the Gushan Driving
Range, sandwiched between the Taiwan Navy and Marine
bases in Gushan District. This very quiet range is 170
yards long and has 24 driving stalls divided between
two floors. There is a synthetic putting green on the
second floor surrounded by mirrors, so you can keep
your short game in check. There is also ample seating
upstairs, including some couches. This range is basically
a DIY facility as there are no attendants. The automatic
ball machine takes NT$10 coins. Overall, this low-key
range is perfect for a solitary afternoon of peace and
quiet. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Easy Shower Golf
502-1, TongMeng 3rd Rd,
(07) 312-5172, (07) 312-5173
Hours: 6:30 am-12 am
In stark contrast, to Peach Garden,
the Easy Shower Golf Range, located on the Love River,
is very popular and active. There are 32 driving stalls
over two floors and a small synthetic putting green.
The net extends 150 yards, although it is a little narrow.
The pro shop has high-end equipment for sale and the
friendly staff can help you with all your golf queries.
Don't have your own clubs? Easy Shower will lend you
a set at no extra cost. Buckets of balls are purchased
with tokens; one token is NT$50 and gets you 30 balls.
Saturday and Sunday have special deals on tokens: buy
three tokens and get one free, buy four and get two
free, or buy five and get three free. The Easy Shower
hours are 6:30 a.m. all the way to 12 a.m.
Ping Hao Golf
Sporting Goods Store
427, TzLi 1st Rd, SanMin District,
Hours: 6 am-11 pm
The driving range located on TzLi Road
has a pretty basic set-up. The small pro shop is equipped
with limited stock and the synthetic putting green is
very small. There are 30 driving stalls on one floor
and the net reaches to 140 yards. One thing this range
is, however, is wide. There is quite a lot of room between
stalls and the sides of the net, so watch out for that
slice! There are 90 balls per bucket and that will cost
you NT$100. Although this range does not have a lot
of frills, it is a good bargain when it comes to hitting
20, WenLong Rd, FengShan City,
Hours: 6 am -1 am
Hoping to be the new king of driving
ranges in Kaohsiung, KGolf Driving Range has all the
amenities for the discerning golf connoisseur. This
extensive range is located across the road from President
Supermarket in Fengshan. KGolf has a whopping 80 driving
stalls over two stories, a well-equipped pro shop, coffee
shop, and even a games room complete with video and
basketball shooting games. Each well-maintained stall
is equipped with an automatic ball loader and mirror,
so you can keep an eye on your swing the whole way through.
The spacious net stretches back 150 yards. If you want
to take a hard-earned break from practicing, you can
order a cool drink and a snack from the coffee shop
and recline on the wooden chairs that accompany each
stall. An added service is the conveniently located
car-cleaning service just outside the entrance. Head
for KGolf, do your best Tiger Woods imitation, and have
your vehicle detailed at the same time.