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I wish I can have that in my backyard! But it will take more time to retrieve the balls than to hit them...

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In the comments he mentions that its 20 yards wide, and that he just buys large lots of balls on ebay every couple of months. He says his young son loses most of the balls. I'm curious how long it is. I wouldn't trust myself hitting anything longer than a 4 iron on it, but I think it would be some great practice for sure.

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Looks very familiar to my natural environment.  Would not be surprised if the deer stand is just outta the photo.

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The problem would be the ball pickup afterward, even if you hit them reasonably close to the flags.  I wouldn't want to go out there and get them.  Maybe he rigged up a lawnmower with a ball collector on it.

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Years ago, as part of my physical rehab, I needed to walk alot. I also wanted to swing a club to help regain  my upper body strength. 

I made use of a cross country power line road to walk, and hit balls on it.. The road was alot wider than the OP's gas line version. Maybe about 3 lanes wide. 

I carried a club, a couple balls, and a piece of synthetic turf to hit off of. My wife would follow behind in our car. Started off at  1/4 mile increments, one at a time. A few months later I was up to 4 miles. 

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53 minutes ago, FlyingAce said:

But it will take more time to retrieve the balls than to hit them...

I’d put my kid down range with a catchers mask and glove.  Problem solved!  :-D

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Inside 100 yards, a 20 yard gap is OK. More than that I think it will be cheaper to go to a driving range.

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1 hour ago, burr said:

Looks very familiar to my natural environment.  Would not be surprised if the deer stand is just outta the photo.

Looks like the powerlines cross the gas line about halfway down. That’s where I’m putting my stand!   :beer:

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I think maybe the intent of a driving range like this one is to get rid of all the extra balls picked up during rounds.  I play with a 102-106 (score not age) gentleman so we spend time up and down the fairwayslooking for his drives and it adds up rather quickly.  (he also carries one of those extending ball retrievers!!)

The intent of a driving rangre of this type is sending not retrieving.  When one has to walk out that way, he takes a bag with him and gathers the ones that stick out, no ?  Doubt there is too much effort reaching for that one down in the blackberries...

at least at mine

 

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5 hours ago, ncates00 said:

Maybe he rigged up a lawnmower with a ball collector on it.

I like your thinking.  A Rumba golf ball retriever!

5 hours ago, David in FL said:

I’d put my kid down range with a catchers mask and glove.  Problem solved!  :-D

Have you asked her about that yet?   too funny!

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I did much the same in my youth! We moved into a new housing development in my junior year of high school. Alongside our house was a road that was cut through the woods, but was unpaved for most of its length. So, there was no traffic on it except for our house and the neighbors house. I found a carpet rem, nailed it to a piece of plywood, and would put it in the middle of that road and hit shots off of it! 

Then, I took my Dad's drill, and drilled a little hole through the carpet and into, but not through, the plywood, so I could insert a tee and hit Driver! My Dad and my Uncles kept me supplied with their castoffs and "smilers". 

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