Golf Course Driving Range Lighting Design for Night Practice
Access Fixtures lighting specialists are often approached by golf architects and country club owners and managers who are looking to light their outdoor driving ranges. With many club members’ work schedules becoming more and more demanding, some golf courses and driving ranges are beginning to stay open after dark, which means that lighting must be installed in previously unlit areas. Golf course driving range lighting design creates ways to illuminate driving ranges with energy-efficient, high-powered fixtures using custom solutions to fit any need.
Golf Course Driving Range Lighting Design Lighting Requirements
Playing golf at night didn’t become possible until fairly recently with the advent of metal halide sports lighters. People’s modern schedules and lifestyles have created a need for golf courses to allow for nighttime play and practice. Property managers know this and are making the necessary adjustments to keep courses open for longer hours.
Because golf courses and driving ranges come in many unique configurations, there are no standard driving range dimensions. However, there are several general questions we ask of property managers and country club owners who are seeking to light their driving ranges.
- The average length of a driving range is around 330 yards long. What are the dimensions of the driving range?
- Driving ranges may be standalone or they may be incorporated as part of a country club. Urban areas tend to see more standalone driving ranges as space is an issue. Is your driving range attached to a country club or standalone?
- The absolute minimum acreage for a driving range is 2. Most modern driving ranges are laid out over 15-17 acres. What is the allover size of your driving range play area?
- The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recommends 20 footcandles at the tee box and 10 footcandles of vertical illuminance at 600’. Access Fixtures high performance lighting solutions can enable you to meet these light requirements or the specifications you require.
As you can see, each driving range lighting project is going to be specially tailored. Access Fixtures has several driving range lighting packages able to be customized to 115′ and 230′ driving ranges. Click on the photometric layouts to the right to shop premade driving range packages.
Golf Course Driving Range Lighting Design
The driving range lighting plans designed by Access Fixtures have been created with collaboration with lighting engineers to ensure robust and long lasting driving range lighting. These layouts utilize driving range guidelines and standards specified in the British Standards for Sports as well as lighting plans by the Scottish Golf Development Centre. LED driving range lighting packages are designed with precision optics that get light delivered to where it’s needed.
Fixtures for Golf Course Driving Range Lighting Design
We generally recommend using powerful LED fixtures from our line of sports lighting. High powered lighting works best in an environment like a driving range because of its focused optics and high wattage.
Access Fixtures’ STAK sports lighter is the best and most obvious choice for lighting a driving range. They are lightweight, highly efficient, and are available with a laser to angle the light exactly on the target green it needs to be. They are L70 rated at 50,000 hours and are IP65 rated against water and dust.. For driving ranges with sheltered tees, STAK fixtures can be bracket-mounted on top of the tee shelter. For unsheltered tees, STAK may be mounted on poles behind the players. STAK sports lighters come in a range of wattages and they are featured in our driving range lighting packages. They also come with a 5-year Access Fixtures warranty.
For a project like a driving range, Access Fixtures lighting specialists recommend applying for a photometric analysis. This will allow for the simulation of the lighting conditions of your driving range and create a computerized generation using our STAK fixtures. A photometric analysis is highly recommended for driving range projects and other golf lighting projects in order to achieve the highest-quality results.