Took my dogs to the nearby dry lake earlier this morning. Of course I also brought along a 6i blade with Hogan's name stamped in the club head. That, and four golf balls.
Simple idea. Walk the area, while hitting balls off the thin lies provided by firm, dried up lake bed. My dogs are there for there own exercise. We probably walked 4+/- miles.
I get about 170 yards per ball off the thin stuff. A lot of that yardage is roll out. On the fairway, grass turf, I am in 140 yard range. Hit between 40-50 balls during my walk.
Targets were open areas in front of me as I walked. The open areas were formed by the absence of sage brush, and simulated long approach shots into greens for me.
Focus was on alignment, ball position in my stance, swing tempo, and picking the ball cleanly off the thin lie. Maybe a little scratch of a divot after the ball.
Counting my steps between shots gave me a rough distance how far the ball went. That, and how the club impacting the ball sounded, and felt to me.
Another bi-product of this type practice is legs, and cardio exercise. Also, some peaceful, quality time with my buddies.
I'm sure they'll have fun too, but Pine Needles is an exceptional golf course, I think you've made the better choice. I'm sure you have it all worked out, but let me know if you need food or drink recommendations.
I’ve been in exactly the same situation as you, and felt like a driving iron was better or something.
But, I learned somewhere that you can just hit lower off the face of your driver to do the same thing. Tee up lower and come in with a zero to slightly positive AoA to keep the spin down.