When the luxury of a full-length practice range is cut away, it’s time to resort to unusual measures.
Copper Mill Golf Club’s original owner reclaimed the driving range area for development, leaving the course searching for a way to let players warm up without a full-scale driving range. That’s when the idea of Birdie Balls — the limited range balls that simulate real contact — took flight.
“The club needed to think outside the box in order to deal with this rather challenging circumstance,” General Manager Brian Jones said. “With limited property and a tight budget, the club decided to be creative.”
On January 28th, Copper Mill introduced a new warm up area that was made by mowing out a temporary practice tee in an area adjacent to the putting green and parallel to the 9th hole.
“The limited flight balls are perfect for the space the club currently has at its disposal for a practice area,” says Jones. “Management admits that it is not the perfect solution to this unusual problem, but feels that in the interim, the new warm up area and Birdie Balls offer their players a way to at least get a few swings in, before hitting the course.”