The more stories I read like this the more grateful I am for my local range.
It's basically two separate ranges, with the parking lot between the two. Usually one side will be for hitting off grass, and the other side for hitting off mats.
If they mow they'll close the one side, but you still get to hit on the other side. Range ball machines are unattended, so no worries about waiting to pay for balls.
And it's only a 10 minute drive from my house, and on my route home...