Leaning Pines golf course installs new drive range netting

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  • By Senior Airman Daniel Hambor
  • 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

The Leaning Pines Golf Course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, recently completed installation of a brand new, several-story tall netting on the driving range.

The netting, which replaces the trees that were planted in the same location before they were destroyed in a hail storm, aims to provide more opportunities for activities on the range and peace of mind for residents on Vandenberg Drive.

“Not being able to hit the long shots like the drivers and the long irons, plays (people utilizing the range) dropped to nothing,” said James Linder, Leaning Pines golf course manager. “In the last two weeks since the netting has been put in, business has been back to normal.”

The $95,000 project will also include several upgrades to the driving range, including short game nets and discs with range markers for a better experience while at the drive range. The total project to refresh the driving range costed $150,000.

“It goes a long ways towards safety and keeping the drive range going,” he said.

The golf course is also planning on hosting a “golf week,” including driving range skills testing, lessons with experienced golfers, and a focus on everything related to golfing. It’s one of many changes coming to the golf course in the next coming year.