Best Golf Simulator Packages of 2023
Best Overall Golf Simulator
We've selected our top 3 overall golf simulator setups based on features, price point, and overall ease of use.
Uneekor EYE XO SIG12 Package
The Uneekor EYE XO SIG12 pairs the ceiling mounted Uneekor EYE XO with our largest golf simulator enclosure.
Why this package is #2 overall:
Ceiling Mounted Unit - Easily reads Left & Right Handed Golfers.
SIG12 Golf Simulator Enclosure - Our largest golf simulator enclosure, built for the most premium golf simulator experience.
SkyTrak SIG10 Package
The SkyTrak SIG10 is one of the best selling golf simulators at The Indoor Golf Shop.
Why this package is #3 overall:
4.8 Stars Overall - This golf simulator package is one of our top rated packages!
Affordable Price Point - The SkyTrak SIG10 is one of our affordable golf simulator packages, staying under $10,000.
Best Affordable Golf Simulators
The cost of a golf simulator can range from a a few thousand dollars to over $10,000. We've put together our picks for the most affordable packages.
Best Under $6,000 : MEVO+ Bronze Package
The MEVO+ Bronze Golf Simulator Package is our pick for the best golf simulator package under $6,000. The bronze package is perfect for a golfer looking for something in between a golf net and a full enclosure.
Why this is our #2 in Affordable Golf Simulators:
- FlightScope MEVO+ includes 10 E6 virtual courses and 17 practice ranges
- The Bronze Golf Simulator Package adds an impact screen, projector shield, and short throw projector.
Best under $10,000 : SkyTrak Flex Space Package
The SkyTrak Flex Space Package features a retractable screen setup. Affordable & perfect for a golfer looking to transform their space at the click of a button. This package is the best affordable under $10,000.
Why this is our #3 in Affordable Golf Simulators:
- Skytrak launch monitor tracks ball data & includes 1 year of Play & Improve Software.
- The HomeCourse Retractable Screen easily transforms any space into a golf simulator.
Best Golf Simulators For Game Improvement
Golf simulators can be a huge help in improving your golf game. We've selected our top golf simulators for game improvement by looking at data tracking, indoor/outdoor function, and data accuracy.
Launch Pro Training Package
The Bushnell Launch Pro is one of the best launch monitors out of the box. We've paired it with our SIGPRO Golf Net & Your choice of golf mat to create the perfect game improvement experience.
Why this is our #2 Game Improvement:
- Bushnell Basic Subscription Free for 1 year with access to Club & Ball data
- Budget Friendly Option
- Launch Pro works Indoors & Outdoors
Full Swing KIT Bronze Package
Trusted by Tiger Wood's, the Full Swing KIT is one of the best launch monitors for improving your game. The Full Swing KIT Bronze Package gives you the ability to train indoors with the screen & projector or outdoors with the SIGPRO Golf Net.
Why this is our #3 Game Improvement:
- Full Swing KIT Works Indoors & Outdoors
- Tracks Club & Ball Data
- Radar Based Unit that sits behind the ball
Best Golf Simulators For Small Spaces
Want to set up a golf simulator in your space but not sure if you have enough room? We've but together our top picks for simulator setups that fit in smaller rooms or multipurpose rooms.
SkyTrak+ Flex Space Package
The SkyTrak+ Flex Space Package is the perfect package for multipurpose rooms. Easily swap between a golf simulator space to a normal room with the Homecourse Retractable Screen.
Why it's our #2 for Small Spaces:
- The SkyTrak+ Flex Space is our #1 pick for best garage golf simulator
- Retractable Screen helps to transform a room into a golf simulator space or transform back into a multipurpose room.
GCQuad Training Package
The GCQuad is the staple of golf simulator accuracy, it only makes sense to have an easy to setup space for you to dial in your numbers, indoors or outdoors.
Why it's our #3 for Small Spaces:
- GCQuad sits next to golf ball reducing overall footprint
- SIGPRO Golf Net easily sets up in most spaces, indoors or outdoors
- Full Suite of Golf Simulation Software Included
Best Golf Simulators for group play
Looking to entertain your friends & family? We've selected the best golf simulators for group play.
TruGolf APOGEE SIG12 Package
The APOGEE SIG12 Package is one of our largest golf simulator packages! Featuring the newest release from TruGolf, the APOGEE is a ceiling mounted launch monitor that reads club and ball data with no delay from swing to screen.
Why it's our #2 for Group Play:
- Ceiling mounted unit reading lefties & righties with ease
- "Hey APOGEE Voice Commands"
- E6 Connect included featuring 90+ world class courses & up to 6 players
Foresight Sports GCQuad SIG10 Package
The Foresight Sports GCQuad SIG10 is one of the most accurate launch monitors on the market, and the software included looks fantastic on the SIGPRO Premium Impact Screen.
Why it's our #3 for Group Play:
- Full Suite of Golf Simulation Software
- Up to 8 players
Best Commercial Golf Simulators
Looking to open up a commercial facility? We've selected our top commercial golf simulators. Perfect to get your business up and running with minimal maintenance & great software for your customers & members.
Uneekor EYE XO SIG10 Golf Simulator Package
The EYE XO SIG10 Golf Simulator Package is a close second for our Best Commercial Golf Simulator Package. The EYE XO mounts in front of the golfer and does not require marked balls.
Why it's our #2 for Commercial Facilities:
- EYE XO is ceiling mounted in front of golfer.
- Integrates with 3rd party softwares for group play.
- SIG10 Enclosure is perfect for multiple bays in a commercial space.
Uneekor QED Golf Simulator Package
The QED SIG12 Golf Simulator Package is our third choice for commercial golf simulators. The QED launch monitor mounts behind the golfer and requires marked balls.
Why it's our #3 for Commercial Facilities:
- QED is ceiling mounted in behind the golfer.
- Integrates with 3rd party softwares for group play.
- SkyTrak SIG10 Best Overall View Now
- Bushnell SIG10 Best Budget View Now
- SkyTrak+ SIG10 Best New Package 2023 View Now
- GC3 Training Best Indoor/Outdoor View Now
- SkyTrak SIG8 Best Small Space View Now
- SkyTrak+ Flex Space Best Garage View Now
- Foresight GCHawk SIG12 Best Commercial View Now
- HD Golf Simulator Best High End View Now
Best Golf Simulator FAQ
Golf Simulator Buying Guide
What is a Golf Simulator ?
A golf simulator is a tool that allows golfers to practice and play on virtual golf courses or driving ranges, typically in an indoor setting. A complete system includes a launch monitor (think of it as the brain that captures and processes all data related to the ball and/or club), a hitting mat, an impact screen or golf simulator enclosure, gaming computer or iPad, and a projector.
Golfers utilize real golf balls, golf clubs, and take full swings just as they would outdoors. Upon hitting the golf ball the computer processes the ball and/or club data, and your shot is visually displayed directly onto the screen for real time feedback.
Simulators are fairly involved systems and it is very normal to have lots of questions as you begin researching. Below are common questions we hear a lot:
How much does a golf simulator cost?
Golf simulators vary in cost with lower end units starting at around $500, to ultra high end models that cost upwards of $100k. In the proceeding sections we've included our recommendations at various price levels.
Golf Simulator Ceiling Height ?
We get this one a lot so we've dedicated a section down below, along with a diagram, to address room space & ceiling height requirements.
The Importance of a Golf Simulator
A simulator can be a very effective tool in helping golfers improve their performance. Technology has come a long way in a very short period of time, and as a result these units provide a level of accuracy and realism which mirrors a real world environment. The data provided by a simulator allows golfers to get very prescriptive and make informed decisions regarding their golf game such as swing, shot shape & trajectory, golf club equipment, etc. Some may see a golf simulator as a luxury, but there are very practical reasons why one would own one.
Provides accurate data
Most simulators will calculate shot results instantly, providing you with a range of valuable information you can use to practice and make improvements with any club. Data that is reported out can include: clubhead speed, back spin, side spin, carry distance, total distance (carry + roll), flightpath, distance offline, and much more.
Allows For Practice 24/7, Day or Night
A simulator is a versatile tool in that it can be setup indoors which means it can be used at anytime, regardless of the time of day or the weather outside - providing an unparalleled golf experience. This is especially useful for those that like to practice after the sun goes down, or those that live in an area with prolonged winters.
Bag Mapping Exercise
The technology allows you to perform bag mapping for each of your clubs in a driving range environment. With bag mapping you will know exactly how far you hit each golf club in your bag, and removes any guesswork out on the golf course.
Several simulators come with skills assessment challenges. These assessments can be used by golfers to fine tune particular parts of your game. For example, SkyTrak offers a game improvement package that includes a wedge matrix feature. The wedge matrix can be used to work on your short game and practice pitches, half shots, 3/4 shots, and full shots with your wedges and other clubs.
Full Golf Course Play
Stunning graphics provide a vivid experience and allow you to enjoy playing golf in the comfort of your home with friends and family. Allows you to play on numerous famous courses, and some simulation software even allow you to create and design your own courses. For more information about the different simulation software features & options (including The Golf Club), be sure to visit our Golf Simulator Software Guide.
Types Of Golf Simulators
If you're thinking of buying a simulator, it's important to consider the different types and the technologies they they're built around. There are three main types of golf simulators, each with their own pro's and con's.
The images that are taken are then analyzed to obtain the measurements needed to render shot shape and distance. This type of golf simulator can be used both indoors and outdoors, providing added flexibility.
One drawback is that these systems typically do not capture club data such as angle of attack, smash factor, etc. Data captured includes: speed, back spin, side spin, distance off center, and more.
This type of golf simulator, such as the Flightscope Mevo Plus, uses doppler radar technology for tracking.
Doppler radar is also used by other industries to track objects, most famously aircraft and weather systems. In a radar based simulator, a microwave signal is emitted from the unit and bounces back from the golf ball after impact.
Because it needs to be able to see it travel in flight post-impact, these types of simulators operate best outdoors. They can be used indoors as well, but results for tracking are always better outdoors.
Infrared (IR) golf simulators, such as the Optishot, emit a light signal to capture the position of the clubhead through the swing.
Since they capture clubhead information to render shot results, it is not required to use a real ball. In our experience, these types of systems are not as reliable tracking as a Photometric or Radar based system.
Golf Simulator Ceiling Height & Space Requirements
One of the most common questions we receive from customers early on in the buying process is "how much space do I need". Space requirements can vary from customer to customer based on their height & swing, as well as equipment used (screen, mat, projector, launch monitor, etc.).
While there's not a one-size-fits-all answer, it is our experience that a typical simulator setup is able to fit into most spaces. You will need a space with minimum dimensions of:
- 12' Width
- 18' Depth
- 9' Height
It's very important to make sure you can swing your club comfortably, as you may need more than 9' high ceilings if your swing requires it. You can always place your setup in a room or space that is larger than the minimum space requirements listed above.