Just like the old jingle, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. You’ll get that kind of reception at Vanco Golf Range. Located just 12 minutes north of downtown Portland, it’s been a Vancouver institution for years. Locals often refer to it as the “Cheers of Golf.” It’s a place where everyone from the beginner to advanced golfer can feel comfortable. Vanco is the only golf facility in the Vancouver city limits, and the lighted covered driving range features 26 covered tees, eight grass tees, three practice greens and one practice bunker. Due to their superior quality, the range balls that Vanco uses are often purchased second-hand by other ranges in the area. Vanco also includes an on-site pro shop for all of your golfing needs, from the beginner to advanced player. No sales tax to Oregon buyers, on the nearly wholesale equipment prices. Our merchandise includes clubs, shoes, balls, bags and carts. We carry the latest club fitting tools from famous makers such as Ping, Titleist, Nike, Mizuno, Taylor Made, Cobra, Adams, Tour Edge and Callaway. We also offer expert club repair and re-gripping. The pro shop staff includes one LPGA and three PGA professionals. Private lessons are available. Vanco is co-owned by PGA professionals Jack Young and Chuck Milne. Jack is a longtime golf instructor and Chuck is currently playing on the European Senior Tour. For more information, click on the links above to read their biographies. Hours Vanco is open from 9:00AM -9:00PM seven days a week. 1 token (small bucket) $4.50; 2 tokens (large bucket) $8.00; 10 tokens $35; and 40 tokens $95. Vanco also has an Early bird special on weekdays before 10:30AM : 3 tokens for the price of 2! Free tokens are available with a purchase from the pro shop. A driving range is an area where golfers can practice their golf swing. It can also be a recreational activity itself for amateur golfers or when enough time for a full game is not available. 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. Driving ranges may have natural grass, similar to a golf course, or players may have to use synthetic mats that resemble real turf. Golfers pay for various sizes of buckets of balls, usually designated as small (30–50 balls), medium (50-80 balls), and large (80-100 balls), and hit at their leisure. Some ranges feauture electronic tee devices, which load balls automatically, and record ball use on a smart card. 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 or miniature golf, for entertainment. Some driving ranges also offer areas for practice chip shots, bunker shots, and putting. Driving ranges may use golf balls that differ significantly from those used on the golf course. Range balls, as they are known, are often cheap and specially designed with a harder cover to make them more durable. As such they also may not necessarily conform to the rules of golf. In order to distinguish them from other type of ball, they may have a distinct coloring or colored band and be stamped with the word "range"
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