Build The Perfect Home Golf Simulator With $10K

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If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own home golf simulator, today’s article will guide you through a detailed walkthrough of building one, with a budget of $10,000. With the prevalence of technology in today’s world, golf simulation at home is not just a whimsical fantasy but an achievable reality. Our journey of golf simulator creation centers on a highly recommended tool by Carl’s Place, aptly named ‘Build Your Own Golf Simulator‘. This tool revolutionizes the process of simulator assembly by offering a user-friendly interface where you can meticulously plan, select, and purchase all the components necessary for your dream home golf simulator.

So, how does the Build Your Own Golf Simulator work? This user-friendly tool simplifies the creation process by offering step-by-step product selections. From the type of simulator and screen material to the launch monitor and accessories, each choice you make builds up your customized golf simulator. Throughout the process, the tool keeps a running tab at the top of the screen to ensure that you stay within your budget. This built-in feature makes it easy for you to make decisions on the fly without the need to keep a manual tally of your costs.

The tool also provides background information and pricing for each product, giving you an informed perspective to make the best choice for your needs. With the variety of options at each step, you can customize your simulator to fit your space, preferences, and budget perfectly. Throughout this article, I’ll walk you through my own simulator-building experience, explaining each decision and discussing alternative options. By the end, you’ll be ready to build your dream home golf simulator.

1. Product SelectionBuild Your Own Simulator Step 1

First off, we need to choose what kind of golf simulator we want to build. Our options are:

  • A home golf simulator
  • A luxury home golf simulator
  • A commercial golf simulator
  • Just an impact screen

The luxury simulator sounds amazing, but it might lead to more expensive choices later. So, to keep my $10,000 budget in check, I decided to go with the home golf simulator. This choice doesn’t mean I’m buying anything yet. Instead, it helps guide what choices I’ll get to make in the next steps of the tool. It’s all about setting ourselves up for success!

Build Your Own Simulator Tool Step 22. Screen Material

The next step is picking the screen material. This is important because it affects how real the golf simulation feels. We get three choices:

  • Standard ($1,000)
  • Preferred ($1,160)
  • Premium ($1,360)

Each option gives a short explanation to help us decide. The Premium option is the best but also the most expensive. Keeping my $10,000 budget in mind, I decided to go with the Preferred option. This means I’m getting a good quality screen without spending too much, which leaves more of my budget for other parts of the simulator.

3. Screen SizeBuild Your Own Simulator Tool Step 3

The third step is all about defining the screen size, which starts by choosing an aspect ratio. Here, I’ve gone for a 16:10 aspect ratio, a popular choice for home theater setups due to its balance between width and height.

After setting the aspect ratio, the tool allows us to customize the screen’s dimensions using sliders for both height and width. To ensure a perfect fit for your space, you can input your room size in inches. In my case, I adjusted the sliders to get an 87″ height and a 140″ width, which I found to be the ideal size for my room. This step emphasizes the tool’s flexibility, allowing for a tailored setup that’s a perfect fit for any room. At this point, our golf simulator is shaping up quite nicely and costing us $1,210.

Enclosure Depth4. Enclosure Depth

Now, we arrive at the enclosure depth, another important aspect to customize. This is where we set how far back the simulator extends from the screen. The tool offers a sliding scale to adjust this, ranging from 18″ to a maximum of 59″. A deeper enclosure generally provides a more immersive experience but also requires more space.

I choose to go with the deepest available option of 59″. It’s a bit of a luxury, but if you’ve read my ultimate guide on enclosures, you’ll know that I highly recommend a deep enclosure that will make the simulator feel more like I’m out on a real golf course. Also, because my setup is in the basement, I have ample room to accommodate this depth. It’s crucial to consider your available space when determining the depth, ensuring that your simulator fits comfortably while providing an optimal playing experience.

5. Enclosure Accessories

The fifth step introduces us to various enclosure accessories. These optional add-ons can enhance your golf simulator experience by providing extraEnclosure Accessories comfort, convenience, or safety features. Here are the options:

  • Pipe framing kit: This is a set of pipes, cut to exact lengths, that make setting up the simulator easier. It takes the guesswork out of having to measure and cut the pipes yourself.
  • Golf simulator curtains: These are useful for blocking out light, which can improve the visibility of the projected images on the screen.
  • 8′ net wall extensions: These provide an extra barrier to keep golf balls within the hitting area, a good safety measure if you’re worried about stray shots.

Given my particular setup is in a spacious basement, I opt for the pipe framing kit, for the sake of convenience. Light isn’t an issue for me, so I skip the curtains. And because I chose the maximum enclosure depth, I also decide to forgo the net extensions. I’m banking on the depth to keep my golf balls from flying astray. These choices show how you can customize the simulator to fit your specific needs and situation.

Our setup is now costing $1,830. A good start and well under $10,000, but the most expensive items have yet to be selected.

6. Launch Monitor

The launch monitor is a core piece of any golf simulator. It’s what tracks the golf ball and provides data about each shot. In step six, we get to pick from a list of 10 different launch monitors. Here are a few examples:

For my simulator, I pick the SkyTrak+ Launch Monitor. It’s not the cheapest or the most expensive, but I’ve reviewed it on this site and know it’s a really high performing launch monitor. If you already own a launch monitor, you can skip this step and bring your own. This step brings my total so far to $4,825.

7. SoftwareSkyTrak+ Simulator Software

Step seven is about choosing the software that goes with the launch monitor. For the SkyTrak+ Launch Monitor, there are two options:

I choose the SkyTrak Play and Improve Plan. It’s a bit more expensive, but it comes with 12 world-class golf courses and other cool features. Adding this to my setup brings the total to $5,074.95.

8. Hitting Mat

Step eight is all about the hitting mat. If you are curious about what you should consider when selecting a hitting mat I’ve got an ultimate guide you can check out. There are four options from different brands, plus a “bring your own” option.

Carl's Place Hitting Mat


I decide to go with the Carl’s 5×7 HotShot hitting Mat. It’s one of the bigger options, and it’s from Carl’s Place, so I trust it to be good quality. Adding the mat to my setup brings my total to $5,754.90.

Projectors9. Projector

For step nine, we choose a projector. There are nine different ones to choose from, or you can bring your own. The prices range from $799 to a whopping $4,899 for a top-of-the-line 4K projector.

I told my wife we could also use the projector for family movie nights, so I justify splurging a bit here. I pick the LG ProBeam BU53PST, a mid-range 4K projector costing $3,700. This brings my total setup cost to $9,553.90.

10. Make It PerfectBuild Your Own Simulator step 10

In step ten, we get to add some finishing touches. We can choose from a bunch of accessories like a projector mount, launch monitor case, ball tray, tees, and golf balls.

I add a protective case for the launch monitor ($99) and a floor-mounted projector enclosure. These items protect two of the most expensive parts of the setup. With these additions, my total comes to $9,952.85.

I’ve managed to stay under budget so far, so I decide to treat myself. I add a 50-pack of driver tees and a 50-pack of iron tees made for simulator use. This brings my total to $9,976.75.

11. Summary and Conclusion

Wrapping things up, the final stage of this tool gives you a neat summary of all your choices, complete with the costs of each item. It’s like taking a step back and finally seeing your home golf simulator in its full glory. My personal total came out to $9,976.75, a hair under my original $10,000 budget – it was pretty satisfying to see.

Here’s the great part: with a click, you can move all your selections to the shopping cart and proceed. It really is that simple, making Carl’s Place’s Build Your Own Simulator tool quite practical and user-friendly.Build Your Own Simulator Final Step

From my experience, using this tool felt like a well-guided, step-by-step journey. Whether you’re just getting into golf or have been playing for a while, it simplifies the task of crafting a simulator setup that caters to your needs, preferences, and budget.

In this article, I’ve walked you through the creation of my own dream golf simulator. But remember, this tool is flexible – it’s here to help you shape your own dream setup based on your unique preferences and constraints. So, why not give it a go and see what you come up with? Trust me, it’s an exciting process and the end result – your very own home golf simulator – is quite rewarding.

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Zach Paul

Hi, I'm Zach Paul, the guy behind Golf Simulator Hub. I'm passionate about golf and technology, and I started this site to help fellow golf lovers learn about setting up the perfect home golf simulators, making your golfing experience better, one article at a time.

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