About Driving Ranges:
A driving range is an area where golfers can practice their swing. Many golf courses have a driving range attached and they are also found as stand alone facilities, especially in urban areas. They are typically run by businesses or sometimes by universities. Distances are usually marked by target greens at regular distances. Golfers pay for large bucket of balls (30-70 balls) and hit at their leisure. Often there are golf professionals available to give lessons and instruction.
Balls are retrieved by a specialty cart with a brush and roller attachment that automatically picks up balls and a cage that protects the driver from incoming balls. In urban and suburban areas, large nets protect surrounding people and structures from errant balls. Driving ranges are particularly popular in Japan where golf courses are overcrowded and often very expensive. Many commercial driving ranges are seen in conjunction with other sports related practice areas such as batting cages and miniature golf.