SPOKANE, Wash. — Out with the snow skis and in with the golf clubs! Driving ranges across the region are starting to open their doors to those ready to brush up on their swing before the golf season sets in.
"We have fire tables out there we had custom made for us. We can sit 60, 70 people out there on the patio. On the grass, we can do another 100 people for live music that we do on Sundays from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., starting in June," added Keith Spragg, Part Owner, Craft & Gather Restaurant and Painted Hills Driving Range.
The owners tell us that as the weather gets warmer, they'll bring tables and chairs over to the driving range area.
"It's really a family-type atmosphere where they'll go into the restaurant and order some food, come out here, we'll have a few more tables out here. Bring the kids out, hit some balls, eat and really enjoy the night," explained Spragg.
Painted Hills Driving Range offers folks the opportunity to practice their golf game with a beautiful view, drinks, food and a great atmosphere, at 4403 S. Dishman Mica Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206.
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