Noted golf instructor (and former pro at Sunningdale, Quaker Ridge and Sleepy Hollow) Jim McLean says you should practice for one hour for every round you play. If you’re playing twice a week, then, you should put in two hour-long sessions on the range. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to log your range time in Westchester.
Rye Brook 914.939.5500
The practice facility at the Doral Arrowwood offers a grass driving range with a professional grass practice green and bunker, and a short-game area. There’s also a fine pro shop and instruction available from the Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy, which offers group clinics and individual lessons. Large bucket: $15
Mohegan Lake 914.526.8337
Hone your swing at this two-tier, 36-station, 14-acre facility just minutes off the Taconic Parkway. Half of the covered hitting stations are heated, and there’s a putting green, practice bunker, and numerous target greens. DD Custom Golf even does club fittings on-site. For a change of pace, you can always putt around the mini-golf course or take a few swipes in the baseball batting cages. Large bucket: $12
White Plains 914.592.6553
This beautiful 16-acre range has 73 hitting stations, plenty of well-marked targets on a spotlessly maintained grass range surrounded by trees, a practice putting green, and a well-stocked pro shop. There are also a fully equipped teaching area for lessons given by four of the best-known PGA professionals in the area: John DelVecchio, JohnManning, Frederick Moore, and Paul Giordano. Large bucket: $12
Warm up and/or practice at four of the county-owned courses: Mohansic Golf Course in Yorktown Heights; Sprain Lake Golf Course and Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers; and Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale. You’ll also find practice greens at all the courses and PGA professionals to help with your game. Bucket prices vary.