Updated January 2022:
Because the heat is unbelievable in Florida, we chose an indoor adventure for my son’s birthday celebration in August. We chose Drive Shack. As a family, we have experienced the semi-indoor interactive golf range, Top Golf, but this was our first experience at Drive Shack. Here is my review of the experience. Should you choose Drive Shack or Top Golf?
What is Drive Shack and Top Golf?
Drive Shack and Top Golf are both semi-indoor driving ranges. Both entities are multi-floored and use golf balls that are tracked on a screen. Top Golf uses micro-chipped balls whereas Drive Shack uses radar-based TrackMan™ Range technology, . At both locations, you choose from a multitude of different games, many of which are family-friendly. Whether you are a novice golfer or on the PGA tour, the concept is loads of fun for everyone!
Drive Shack or Top Golf–Our Choice?
If given the choice between Drive Shack or Top Golf, we would choose Top Golf. Though there are many similarities and both have good qualities, we feel Top Golf will be our choice for future adventures.
Cost: (Updated January 2022)
Both Top Golf and Drive Shack require you to rent a golfing bay and each bay can house up to 6 golfers. If you bring 1 player or 6 players, the cost is the same. This is a big benefit and can be cost saving if you have small number of golfers.
Is Drive Shack Open During the Pandemic?
As of January 2022, there are 4 Drive Shack locations. These locations are in in Raleigh, West Palm Beach, Richmond, and Orlando.
What is the cost for Drive Shack
Open to 1 PM: $25 an hour for the bay, 1-5 PM: $35 an hour, 5 PM to close: $45 a bay. Up to six (6) guests per Bay. Tax not included.
The cost for Top Golf Orlando is actually a bit more expensive.
The price continues to increase so make sure you check out their website for accurate pricing before going. I am trying to keep this information up to date. The price also changes based on the day you choose you go with weekends being a higher price
It is $30 per bay from open to noon, Noon to 5 p.m. is $40, and 5 p.m. to close is $50 per hour if you go during the week. The price increases Friday through Sunday. with prices going to $35 from open to noon, $5 from noon to 5, and $55 from 5 p.m. until close. They also require you pay a one time fee of $5 to get your reusable Top Golf Card.
Top Golf has 70 locations with several locations near us in Florida as well as numerous locations nationwide. In contrast, Drive Shack has four total locations.
Games (Updated January 2022):
The main reason we liked Top Golf better was the games available to play are more diversified at Top Golf. Drive Shack has four games, many of them required you to be able to hit the ball a lot farther than my son or I could do. This meant we automatically had no chance at scoring many points.
Drive Shack did have a kid-friendly game called Monster Hunt that was a fan favorite especially for my son. The goal was to hit the monsters sitting on the different colored areas of the field. It was gratifying to see the ball hit the imaginary monster’s head on the TV screen in our bay eventually knocking them out. The down side is we could never hit the monsters located in the far field because we just did not have a powerful enough swing. After eliminating the monsters in the infield, we were just taking practice swings.
In contrast, we feel Top Golf has games that allow you to score points no matter if you hit the closest holes every single time. They have 13 total games to choose from and they range in skill level. In addition, their range also includes actual holes that swallow up your ball. There is something about getting the ball to go into a hole and watching it disappear that is satisfying! Drive Shack only has targets on the green, no holes.
Food and Facilities (updated January 2022)
Both Drive Shack and Top Golf are beautiful facilities. They both offer food and drink. Drive Shack is less crowded so you will probably have to wait less time for a bay which is definitely a plus.
A draft Blue Moon draft beer at Drive Shack is $6.50 and Top Golf is $6.25. The average price for a cocktail such as a Margarita at Drive Shack is $12, while the cost is $10 at Top Golf.
Safety Precautions Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated January 2022)
Since our lives have been changed by COVID-19, what should you expect should you visit Drive Shack or Top Golf?
Drive Shack Safety Precautions In Response to COVID-19
Drive shack will have 6 feet of distance between all tables at the golf bays and 11 feet from golf tee to golf tee. They will not allow a group of more than 10 people in the same vicinity.
Drive Shack commits to cleaning all high touch surfaces to include golf clubs, tables, game tablets, and bay areas cleaned and disinfected between each group.
For more information, click here.
Top Golf’s Safety Precautions in Response to COVID-19
The biggest change to Top Golf is they now offer online reservations for bays for a reduced cost. In the past, you could reserve a bay, however the cost was not worth it. Now, you can reserve a bay in advance depending on the time of day from $5-$25. This will alleviate having to wait sometimes hours for a bay.
Depending on state or local laws and regulations, Top Golf is requiring guests to wear face masks upon entry to the venue until you get to your table or bay. When in your bay at a safe social distance from other guests who are not in your group, you are not required to wear a mask.
Top Golf has 11 feet from tee to tee with 8′ x 5′ dividers between bays. Only 6 guests will be allowed per bay and all areas will be disinfected between use such as golf clubs, game screens, tables, etc.
For more information, click here.
Do not get me wrong, my family thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Drive Shack. If given the option to choose between Drive Shack and Top Golf, we will choose Top Golf. Though both business provide a relaxing atmosphere as well as well maintained facility, we feel Top Golf offers more options specifically for families because there is a wider variety of games for the novice golfer.
Have you been to Drive Shack or Top Golf? What did you think? Which was your favorite? Drop me a comment! I’d love to hear from you.
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