You have the itch to play some golf, but it’s Winter and you have no vacation plans. So what is your next best option? Setting up a golf simulator at home. But, you’ve heard that indoor golf simulator prices can be quite high, even over $50,000, a bit outside your price range.
So what is a golfer to do? Well, the fact is, not all golf simulators cost over $50,000. Sure, the top of the line simulators found in the homes of PGA Tour pros will cost you that much. However, there are some great opportunities to get set up with a golf simulator at home for $10,000 or less.
The most popular indoor golf simulator is the Optishot2. The Optishot2 simulator buy itself is less than $400. This includes the sensor pad and software. You would still need a net, a stance mat in which the sensor pad will be placed, and a computer to operate the software. This is the most basic setup, and when you include a relatively inexpensive desktop computer, will run you under $1,500.
If you want to step it up to a system that is a little bit more similar to a commercial system, with an impact screen and projector, you can get set up with the Optishot2, and this other equipment for about $2,500.
Keep in mind, the Optishot2 golf simulator is the cheapest on the market for a reason…the sensor pad is not quite as sturdy as some of the more commercial oriented sensor pads, and it has far fewer infrared sensors than the P3ProSwing (16 for the Optishot vs. 65 for the P3ProSwing).
Speaking of the P3ProSwing…the unusual feature for this simulator is that you are required to tape your clubs with a special tape in order to allow the sensors in the sensor mat to track the club. P3ProSwing suggests that it is this tape that makes their simulator the most accurate among those that employ a sensor pad. Whether this is the case or not is debatable of course.
In any event, the basic P3ProSwing simulator and software with 20 courses will cost about a thousand bucks. However, you can get set up with a simulator and software that offers 132 courses, plus a stance mat, full swing analytics and a projector for a little over $3,000. You’ll still need the computer and hitting center to have all the pieces in place, so you can get this set up put together for about $4,000 altogether.
The next level up from the P3ProSwing is the sensor pad and software that goes with the ProTee United simulator. That sensor pad alone will cost over $5,000, but it is heavy and durable, and more able to be included in a commercial set up. To get set up with an indoor golf simulator at this level, you’ll spend between $8,000 and $10,000 at the low end, and upwards of $15,000 for an indoor golf set up that almost provides you with that commercial feel.
And then from there, back we go to the premium brand simulators such as HD Golf, Full Swing Golf, About Golf, etc. Ultimately, as you can see, there is a golf simulator that can fit many budgets. Now all you need to do is make sure you have enough space for one at home!