Played Eagle Chase for the first time yesterday. I had heard about the elevation changes, but I wasn't expecting as much as I saw. If you're a straight hitter, you'll have no problems here. If not, plan on losing balls. The Bermuda rough can be brutal, and if you get in...
I do a majority of my practice at Leatherman on South Tryon near the old / new / abandoned coliseum. They have about 30 hitting stations with synthetic turf and a large natural grass hitting area. I have never liked the grass area there – it always seems too sandy – then again, maybe it is just my steep – over the top swing… They have a pretty nice putting green and a chipping/pitching/sand area that has a real green for judging real results. They have 2-1 coupons in those direct mail envelopes and you can print them off at moneymailer.com that makes their rates a lot more reasonable. Without a coupon I think it is 45 balls for $6, 70 for $9 and 95 for $12.
I also go to Renaissance across the street from Letherman. The putting green is large, the uphill pitching area is great (up to 50 yard pitch) but does not appear to be maintained anymore. The driving range is all grass, is in pretty rough shape and the yardage markers are difficult to judge. It is about a 5 minute walk from the clubhouse to the driving range. A single bucket of about 70 balls is $5 and they used to have a 2 for $9 deal but I am not sure they still offer that. I find it a little ironic but they have gone to a dress code this year.
Finally, Tega Cay has a very nice short game practice area. Two large putting greens that are kept in great shape and match the course greens pretty well. There is also a large chipping green that is cut like a real green. Their driving range is a little goofy though. You hit off a cliff down into a hole. No distance feedback at all so you might as well be hitting into the grand canyon. I think that a token is $3 and you get about 25 balls.