Golf Simulator Software Guide
Golf Simulation has exploded in popularity over the last few years. As such, there are tons of software packages available to golfers who are looking to play a round of golf in the comfort of their own home.
Many of the simulators we sell at Shop Indoor Golf integrate with some of the most popular software providers. This guide will give you an overview of the options available.
OptiShot has become one of the most popular home golf simulator options because it offers a great software package at a reasonable cost. Purchasing the unit gives you access to 15 virtual golf courses in addition to a driving range.
While the unit is not as accurate as other simulators out there, you simply can't beat the cost ($299). The software is compatible with Mac and PC computers, and you can even play online tournaments for as little as $49 - $99 per year.
Here is a video to give you an example of the graphics you can expect:
Overall, this is one of the best options for golfers who want a home simulator but are on a budget. You can view our OptiShot packages on this page.
World Golf Tour
Arguably the most popular golf game out there, WGT is played by millions of golfers on their mobile devices and computers around the world. Recently, they completed an integration with SkyTrak that allows golfers to play simulated rounds with their launch monitor.
This has become extremely popular for SkyTrak users because it gives golfers access to WGT's library of courses and online competitions. Who wouldn't want to play courses like Chambers Bay, Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach, and Pinehurst in stunning 3D graphics??
SkyTrak users will need to purchase the Play & Improve package for $199/yr to get access to World Golf Tour. This is a great option for Mac users as the rest of the software integrations with SkyTrak will require a PC computer (and cost more).
TruGolf has become one of the leaders in the golf simulation software market with their e6 software package. Their stunning graphics and realistic ball flight allow you to play some of the best golf courses in the world in the comfort of your own home.
Here are a few examples of their graphics and course quality:
The integration with SkyTrak has become very popular for PC users. It does require a $99/yr subscription to SkyTrak Game Improvement package and a $299/yr fee for the course software package from TruGolf.
Additionally, you can purchase one of their out-of-box Vista Simulator solutions, which range from $14,000 - $19,000 (the software is included in the cost). This is a more premium option for golfers who want to build a standalone simulator in their home.
Overall, you won't find a much better collection of courses and simulation quality than TruGolf - they are one of the leaders in this space.
The Golf Club
This is one of the more interesting golf simulation software platforms on the market. There are more than 100,000 courses to choose from. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Golf Club game is entirely unique because it allows users to design their own courses. They are then rated in their online community, which allows you to download the best ones out there.
This video showcases the strengths of their platform, which include a huge online community that allows competition with golfers around the world:
You can integrate this software with a SkyTrak launch monitor. This requires the Game Improvement package for $99/yr and a $479/yr software fee. However, you can pay a one time fee of $795 to get lifetime access to the software package.
This is a great option for golfers who want to access a much larger library of courses and a strong online community.
Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf
Many don't know this, but the Golden Bear has quite the collection of golf simulation software.
This is also one of the more popular integrations with the SkyTrak package. They feature a large library of courses and even user-generated designs in their premium package.
This video gives a great representation of the graphics and gameplay while using SkyTrak:
Premium subscribers also get access to SkyTrak-only online tournaments which is a nice feature. However, it does come at a cost - you will need to pay $99/yr for the SkyTrak Game Improvement package and $249/yr for their premium package.
Overall, this is one of the best simulation software packages out there, so it will be money well spent.
Creative Golf 3D
For golfers who are looking for a collection of courses outside the United States, Creative Golf 3D is an excellent option.
Their software includes more than 100 courses that are primarily located in Europe. The software integrates with SkyTrak, Foresight Sports, and FlightScope.
This video showcases some of their graphics capabilities:
Their SkyTrak package requires either a $499 one-time fee or a $199/yr subscription on top of the SkyTrak Game Improvement package.
If you want to experience the health benefits of a real round of golf, then you might want to look into Fitness Golf.
This unique simulation package allows you to integrate your fitness routine in between golf shots. You might be scratching your head wondering how that might be possible, but this video will show you how their system works:
For those of you who find working out at home to be a little bit of a drag, this is a creative solution to make your fitness routine a little more lively.
They charge a one time fee of $399 for SkyTrak users who are subscribed to their Game Improvement package.
Wrapping it Up
There are a number of robust simulation software packages on the market now. Whether you are looking for a budget option like OptiShot, or the many integrations that SkyTrak offers, there is something for everyone.
You can view all of our golf simulator packages on this page to choose the correct setup for your home golf simulator.