The range at my prior club consisted of a couple of mats and a few hitting bays into a net. You had to get there at the right time to at least get in line to hit 10-15 balls prior to teeing off.
Funny, but hitting into a net for 5 minutes, still, was better than going to the first tee cold-turkey. Another aspect of that was that you really couldn't get a feel for anything outside of good contact. There was no tracking the flight of the ball, no feedback from the depth/size of the divot. In an odd way, that basically removed any expectations, good or bad, and achieved the ultimate goal of just getting loose.
But I still prefer hitting off of grass and seeing the flight of the ball for the warmup. I'm fortunate that my current club has greatly improved/expanded our driving range. It was only about 5 years ago when we were basically hitting off of a mat, into a net about 30 yards away. Now we've got about 3 acres, flag targets at 100-125-150-175 and 250 yards. It really is a nice range, especially compared to what it used to be. The only snafu is that it sits atop the property and is always windy up there because of the highest elevation. But... better than it used to be!