My recommendation on the mat: Real Feel Golf Mats
The full size mats are expensive, but you can make do with a hitting strip
. It's listed at $51, but my offer at $30 was accepted. With the shipping to Norway, the net sum was $110, but it's still the best investment I've ever done in a golf mat.
I've tried many mats and researched a lot on the net. All my experience and all the reviews I've found online points to these mats being the best out there. I believe Golf Evolution also got these mats and claim they are very durable.
I bought the 10x30 hitting strip and carry with me on the range. I even cut it up and take with me 2/5 of the original size. I put it down between the normal range mats and ball bucket thing. The mat may move a teeny tiny bit on a clean strike, a little bit more on a fat shot, but it does not go flying. If you hit the ball first, the movement is minimal. If you put it on wet grass, it may slide some, but it shouldn't be a problem to nail it to a wooden tile or something like that for stability.
A full size mat is of course preferable, but that would be too expensive for me, especially with the shipping. It was also a point to have a mat I can take with me to the range at any course (we only got mat ranges here), which is working perfectly.
I would also look around for a driving range net, like they got on indoor centers. I bought a big piece of net from a local shop delivering range and golf course equipment. I cut it in half and has currently only used one of them. I've hit so many balls, the strings has broken in a few places, but a piece of string and it's all right again. I have wondered if the amount of tension in the net makes a difference. Still, with all the spare net I've got, I could even patch it up.