Last week my husband and I were invited to the brand new Drive Shack Orlando location for their grand opening event.
I don’t get to see much of my hubby these days because he has been inundated with work so this turned out to be a really fun date night that we are likely to repeat as soon as his work schedule lets up a bit.
If you’ve driven on 417 lately you may have seen this location from the highway. It’s hard to miss. It’s in the brand new Lake Nona Tavistock area with easy access off of the toll road as well as Narcoossee.
We started our date night experience off with some Swing Grease (aka two signature cocktails) off of the location’s “Eater Board” menu.
His was a ? Peachy Palmer ($9) which was a mix of Jameson Irish whiskey, iced tea and lemonade sweetened with a peach infusion.
Mine was their Piña Diablo Rita ($8.50) which is a blend of Sauza 100% Blue Agave Tequila, pineapple ? and habanero agave nectar rimmed with chili lime sea salt.
We each thought our drink selections were killer! The motto here… Be bad, until you’re good. I can get behind that.
Then it was on to play some golf games.
You don’t need to bring your own clubs. Drive Shack provides them for you. However, you are welcome to bring your own clubs along if you so desire.
The technology at Drive Shack is pretty mind blowing and we kept asking “how do they know how far the ball went?!?” after watching drive after drive show up on the flatscreen score monitor.
There are several games available to play and we didn’t have enough time to figure out all the nuances of each one. But I am definitely excited to come back and try one called Shack Jack which is similar to Blackjack and the goal is to get to 21.
I asked the bar manager Louis what the difference was between Drive Shack and Top Golf. He told me that besides the friendly staff and the more affordable gameplay, Drive Shack’s technology makes them a more true golf experience because they use actual golf balls. Top Golf does not use real golf balls because their technology requires a sensor to be placed in the center of their balls. If you’re a golfer, you’re gonna notice the difference.
After playing for a bit we had worked up an appetite and headed back inside to check out the menu offerings.
The hubby ordered a round of Classic Slider Trios ($9.50) which came with cheddar cheese, DS secret sauce and a dill pickle.
Being vegan, I had my eye on the Spinach 5-Grain Bowl ($10.50) baby spinach is paired with red and white quinoa, wild rice, barley and wheat berries with tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, pepitas and a low-fat ? blood orange vinaigrette.
The bar and dining space have a modern, open airy feel with the floor to ceiling glass windows and doors which open up and look out into the golf bays.
There is also a fun room with a few free games to play like shuffle board and basket ball as well as corn hole on the outside lower level.
And the beauty of this location is that you can come just for the golf, just for the food or just to play a few of the complementary games while indulging in a couple of adult beverages. You can also do it all if you’d like!
Pricing per hour for a golf bay (which can accommodate six people) is as follows:
9 am – noon $30
noon – 4 pm $40
4 pm – close $50
Drive Shack is currently open Sunday through Thursday from 9 am to 11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 1 am.
Drive Shack is located at 7285 Corner Dr., Orlando, FL 32827. For more info visit DriveShack.com or dial 407-553-8820
Special thanks to Drive Shack for hosting us on our date night here. I was not compensated to write this review and as always all opinions are my own.