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So, you’ve picked up a SkyTrak Launch Monitor. Maybe you’ve also set up a hitting area with a net or even a screen and projector, and you’re ready to start practicing your game.
To get the full golf simulator experience, you need software for your SkyTrak.
In addition to the basic driving range mode that comes with all base versions of the SkyTrak, it turns out that there are many compatible software solutions. Each of them offer different features and game modes.
In this article, we’ll review and compare our choices for the best golf simulator software for SkyTrak across a range of different budgets. We’ll also provide a buying guide that will help you find the software solution that will best meet your needs.
Our Top Picks For SkyTrak Software
We have researched and tested all of this software. Some have less to offer than others, and some offer entirely different features, but they all provide the best experience for the cost.
The Golf Club is only usable on PC, but there are several reasons why we rank it at the top:
- It has a huge course selection that allows golfers to play practically any golf course they can dream of.
- It has plenty of features including local multiplayer and robust online competition.
- It has great graphics and lighting.
- It’s relatively affordable.
With TGC 2019, you have your typical practice range, but you also have numerous multiplayer modes, online tournaments and events, and you can even design your own course!
The Golf Club 2019 has a massive selection of courses: over 170,000. Any world-famous course that you can think of — Augusta, Pinehurst #2, Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach, etc. — is at your fingertips.
However, while some of these are premium courses, many are user-designed, and many are slight variations or takes on the same real-world course.
For this reason, it can be a bit difficult to sift through the course replicas and find the one that you like the best or that you think is the most accurate.
With The Golf Club 2019, you can:
- play online (with strangers, friends or family) and compete in live worldwide tournaments
- play multiplayer locally
- access the TGC library of over 170,000 courses
- do range, chipping or putting practice
Play formats include stroke, stableford, four ball, match play, skins, and alternate shot. TGC has a cool feature that allows up to 4 players in a multiplayer setting to hit their shots at the same time.
Lastly, you can design your own course. A special editor allows you to customize everything in detail from the theme to the terrain and layout.
If this is something you think you could have fun with, you could end up playing your own custom-created course with your SkyTrak simulator.
Take a look at the features and graphics of The Golf Club 2019 in the video below:
As you will probably agree from the video above, the graphics of TGC 2019 are some of the best that current golf simulation software has to offer. In our view, they are similar to those of E6 CONNECT but have richer contrast and better lighting.
One of the great things about TGC 2019 is that it supports screen resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD. If you can play at this resolution, you’ll be amazed at the sharpness, clarity and detail of the environments.
To use TGC, you’ll first need the SkyTrak Launch Monitor with the Game-Improvement Plan or above. The plan costs $99.95/year, but one free year is included with many SkyTrak simulator packages.
Next, you’ll need a subscription to TGC 2019. You should know that this is much more affordable than E6 CONNECT, both for the one-time and annual purchases.
The Golf Club 2019 can only be run on PC (Windows). For information about minimum and recommended requirements for running the software, go to this page.
2. E6 CONNECT
E6 CONNECT by TruGolf ranks highly on our list because of its quality and diverse range of features. Not only do you have the typical driving range and practice area, but you also have full course play, mini-games, real-time peer-to-peer play, and online events.
If you want to have fun with friends or by yourself, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find something in the E6 software.
With the SkyTrak, the one-time purchases of E6 CONNECT come with 15 base courses on iOS and 27 on PC. Notable courses include Bethpage Black, Bay Hill, Mauna Kea, Torrey Pines, and Pinehurst #2.
The reality is that this isn’t a whole lot of courses. However, an annual expanded subscription will give you access to all 90+ courses that the software has to offer, and this is a decent amount.
One of the strengths about E6 is how realistic and accurate the course recreations are. They are mapped with LiDAR laser scanning technology.
In addition to being able to practice on a virtual driving range and chip and putt on a hole of your choice, E6 CONNECT offers an array of mini-games and game modes including long drive, closest to the pin, henyett, stroke play, best ball, and scramble.
There is a whole host of settings that you can use to customize your experience. You can adjust things like mulligans, gimmie ranges, average ball speeds, ball size, course conditions, and much more.
Get a taste of E6 CONNECT in the video below:
You can adjust factors that influence difficulty such as wind and green speeds, and you’re able to display green elevation and break lines if you so choose.
There’s also peer-to-peer play: turn-based competition that can handle up to eight players.
The graphics in E6 are very good, with a realistic, high-fidelity look that is 4K compatible. However, compared to other software options like WGT and The Golf Club, they lack a bit of contrast.
Still, it’s some of the best graphics available for SkyTrak simulator software. And the fact that you also get both a fun, feature-rich experience means you won’t be left wanting.
The first thing you’ll need to use the E6 CONNECT software is the SkyTrak Launch Monitor with the Game-Improvement Plan or above. This costs $99.95/year, but with many simulator packages that SkyTrak offers, you get the first year of the Game-Improvement Plan for free.
E6 CONNECT can be run on PC and iOS. For information about supported devices, as well as Windows 10 compatibility and the minimum specs you’ll need to run the software, go to this page.
Lastly, you’ll need a subscription to E6 CONNECT. Both one-time purchases and annual subscriptions are offered, but to get access to the full range of features, you’ll need an expanded subscription which is $600/year. E6 CONNECT is pricey software, but the cost is well-justified.
E6 CONNECT should not be confused with E6 Golf, which is an older TruGolf offering.
This is a fun piece of golf software that, in addition to having standard features like course play and challenges, has unique game modes such as demolition golf and “fairy tale” golf for kids.
If you’re more interested in the entertainment side of golf simulation as opposed to photo-realistic graphics with highly accurate golf course renditions, Creative Golf 3D is an excellent option.
The base version of Creative Golf 3D comes with 15 real golf courses and 19 entertainment and practice golf courses. Real courses include:
- The Oxfordshire Golf (England)
- The Royal Selangor Golf Club (Malaysia)
- Kingsville Golf & Country Club (Canada)
- Rush Creek Golf Club (USA)
- Golf Bluegreen Pléneuf-Val-André (France)
- GCC Dachstein-Tauern (Austria)
- Golfclub München Eichenried (Germany)
- Black Stork Golf Resort (Slovakia)
With an additional purchase, you can access the Creative Golf Course Library which contains 120+ additional European and international golf courses.
The graphics aren’t the greatest, but the environments and geographical features seem very accurate. Course recreations are based on elevation and satellite data.
Here’s a run-through of the modes and game types:
- Training: Practice on a driving range or chip and putt on a course of your choice.
- Course Play: You can choose the course, game type (stroke, match play, etc), and number of players.
- Challenges: You can participate in competitions locally (with friends or family) including closest-to-the-pin and long drive.
- Mini Games: Play fairy tale golf (altered environment, larger holes, etc), mini golf (putting), and demolition golf (hit windows of old buildings).
- Tournaments: Join tournaments listed on the tournament server and compete with players around the world.
Take a look at the official trailer below:
The graphics are decent, but definitely not as good as software like WGT or E6 CONNECT. You also have to consider the fact that modes like “fairy tale golf” will have graphical elements that are unconventional and unrealistic.
You can tell that Creative Golf 3D is more of a “game” than a photo-realistic simulation, but that won’t matter to many people. What’s important is having fun, being able to see your shots and the consequences of those shots.
Creative Golf 3D has come out with numerous updates to their software (V2.8 and beyond) since the first release, with additions such as cloud tournaments, terrain influence, world ranking, and new courses.
To use the software, you’ll need the SkyTrak Launch Monitor with the Game-Improvement Package at minimum.
Then you’ll need a license to the software — you can pay an annual or one-time fee (less than $600) to unlock all features, and pay an additional annual or one-time fee to access the course library.
Creative Golf 3D can only be run on PC. For more information including minimum system requirements, go to this page.
4. WGT Golf
WGT Golf is an excellent software for SkyTrak, but we want to stress that it does have some key limitations: it’s only available for iOS, and it doesn’t have multiplayer or skills challenges.
If you can live with these limitations, then WGT Golf should be one of your first choices. Its strengths are:
- stroke play format (recreations of many of the most famous golf courses around the world)
- a driving range
- closest-to-the-pin challenges
WGT Golf comes with a comparable number of courses to E6 CONNECT (18) out of the box, and they sure are good ones.
You can experience full-course play of St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Erin Hills, Bethpage Black, Olympic Club, and other courses. A few lesser-known courses are available for challenge play.
Each course recreation is highly accurate to real life.
The main modes of WGT Golf are a practice range, stroke play, and closest-to-the-pin challenges.
Settings and customization aren’t as extensive as E6 CONNECT. Nonetheless, you can view various types of data such as green speed, wind strength & direction, pin locations, and ball data such as distance, speed, spin rate, launch, and other metrics that can be measured by your SkyTrak.
Get a feel for how WGT works in this video:
The graphics of WGT Golf are a definite step up from E6 CONNECT in the realism department. In fact, the virtual environment is so photo-realistic that you might think you’re watching a broadcast on TV.
What’s lacking, however, are camera features like hole flyovers and different camera angles for viewing, which is a bit disappointing.
Also, keep in mind that an iPad only has so much computing power, which means there’s a limit to how much smoothness and graphical prowess you can experience.
Aside from the closest-to-the-pin challenge on Kiawah Island which requires the SkyTrak Game Improvement Package, to use WGT Golf, you’ll need the SkyTrak Play and Improve Plan, which costs around $199.95/year. Unlike other software like E6 and The Golf Club though, there are no additional services you need to subscribe to.
You also need an iPad that supports 3D graphics. Models that are confirmed to be compatible are the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and iPad Minis 2-4. You’ll also be using this device to run your SkyTrak system.
You’ll need to download the WGT Golf Mobile iOS from the App Store before you can get started. If you have a different model of iPad, you can check for yourself if it’s compatible with WGT Golf.
5. Fitness Golf
The idea behind Fitness Golf is that you have to physically get to your shot before you can hit the next one. When we first heard about this software, we thought “wow, that’s pretty cool!”, and it really is.
By attaching a sensor to your shoe (if you want to walk or run between shots) or your stationary bike (if you want to bike between shots), Fitness Golf allows you to get the exercise that would normally come with playing a real course without a cart.
For golfers who want to get an aerobic workout in addition to playing on their golf simulator, this is a fantastic (and fun) option.
At the time of writing, there are 160 courses for you to choose from; 98 of them are based on world-famous courses.
Examples are Augusta National, Chambers Bay, PGA National, Pebble Beach and Muirfield Village. Course accuracy is quite good.
More courses are continually being added, which Fitness Golf customers can access for free.
The good thing about Fitness Golf is that you don’t have to do cardio if you don’t want to.
The three game modes are Golf Only, Fitness Golf, and Fitness Only. These are self-explanatory. In Fitness Only mode, you walk, run or bike on any course without playing any golf; this can be good if you just want to study the layout of a course.
You can then select a course, which holes you want to play (front nine, back nine, all 18, etc), and how many players will play (4 max in Golf Only and 2 max in Fitness Golf).
You can also adjust other settings such as tee distances, pin placements, and course difficulty.
Check out how Fitness Golf works in this video:
In Fitness Golf mode, your final score is the number of strokes taken plus the amount of time it took to complete the round. The slower you are getting to your shots, the higher your score will be. Watch your scores go down as you get in better shape!
The graphics aren’t particularly good or realistic. Backdrops can be low-resolution and scaled poorly.
But this shouldn’t take away from the golfing and fitness experience. Graphics aren’t everything, and it certainly gets the job done.
To access Fitness Golf on your SkyTrak simulator, you first need to be subscribed to the SkyTrak Game Improvement Plan, which comes free with many SkyTrak simulator packages.
Then you’ll need to buy the Fitness Golf package that includes the software license and full access to the courses. It’s a one-time purchase with no renewals required.
Fitness Golf can only be run on PC. For more information including minimum system requirements, go to this page.
There is other software that is compatible with SkyTrak such as ProTee Play and Golfisimo. They are great softwares, but we couldn’t include them all on this list. A simulation package with Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf was formerly offered. Feel free to look into these options yourself.
Investing in good software for your SkyTrak simulator that will meet your needs is very important. If you have software that doesn’t allow you to play with friends or isn’t supported on your preferred device, for example, it can really put a damper on your enjoyment.
Fortunately, SkyTrak offers several simulator software options, each with different capabilities. It’s important to consider all the factors that will affect your experience and match it with what your goals are.
Here are the most important factors you need to consider when determining which simulator software to get for your SkyTrak:
What is your preferred operating system for running SkyTrak? Windows (laptop), iOS or Android? This will determine what software you can even use in the first place.
For example, WGT Golf only runs on iOS, which requires some kind of tablet. If you use a PC, you have more options including The Golf Club, E6 CONNECT, and Creative Golf 3D.
We wouldn’t recommend relying on an Android device for your SkyTrak simulator because most of the software options don’t support it. For the most options, use a PC.
Check to make sure that the software you’re interested in is compatible with your device, and make sure that the minimum system requirements are met. Some softwares are quite demanding in terms of resources, while others aren’t.
What do you want to do on your SkyTrak golf simulator? Do you just want to hit shots on a virtual practice range?
If this is you and you’re solely interested in improving your ballstriking, then you might not even need any added software at all. The base version of SkyTrak comes with a 3D practice range out of the box — you can view a shot tracer, replays, and all of your ball performance data.
On the other hand, if you want more features like:
- multiplayer (playing locally with family or friends)
- game modes like stroke play and match play
- chipping and putting around the green
- challenges like closest-to-the-pin and long drive
- quirky minigames
- online tournaments
In this case, you’ll need to look at what the software offers. WGT Golf doesn’t offer multiplayer or skills challenges, but online tournaments are available. E6 CONNECT has multiplayer, as does TGC.
Figure out what features you want to have at your fingertips, and consider the software that does the best job of aligning with that.
How important are ultra-realistic graphics to you? Do you want the most photo-realistic experience possible when you’re playing replicas of famous courses?
If yes, your best bet is to go with E6 CONNECT (supports 4K graphics display) or WGT Golf.
But if you mostly care about features, then you should be open to software like The Golf Club 2019 (which still has very good graphics), Fitness Golf, Creative Golf 3D, or others.
Remember that more graphically demanding software will typically require more powerful computer hardware.
Software options available with the SkyTrak are relatively affordable, but golf simulator software is expensive in general. This isn’t like paying 60 bucks for a video game.
This makes your budget important, and it also means that it might not be worth investing in third-party software if you don’t want much more than a driving range and some challenge modes, which are included in the default SkyTrak software plans.
Some of the software reviewed above have one-time purchase licenses that cost $1000+. Some have course packs that run at a few hundred dollars a piece.
With that said, you should realize that the less you spend, the less you’ll usually get — this could be in the form of less courses, less challenges and minigames, worse graphics, and a worse overall experience.
Also remember that you need to invest in the SkyTrak simulator itself, which costs four figures. But the great thing is that you don’t have to drop the full cost of it at once.
Our recommended golf simulator source here provides easy financing options that allow you to pay for your SkyTrak Launch Monitor over the course of a year or longer. Don’t forget about this option.
These days, there are numerous software solutions that you can pair with your SkyTrak golf simulator.
Some have multiplayer features, and some have challenges and mini games. Some even run worldwide tournaments that you can compete in and win prizes such as gift cards, golf simulator units, tee times, and trips.
The ideal golf simulator software displays informative ball flight data, has good graphics and accurate course recreations, and has the features and game modes that you want. Finding the software that will best meet your needs is certainly possible with some research.
We’ve given you the information you need to make a decision; it’s up to you to decide whether or not you think it’s worth the investment.
If you would like some help choosing a full SkyTrak simulator package that includes the launch monitor, a projector, and mats, check out this page.
Thanks for reading this guide. Which software are you considering for your SkyTrak simulator? Write your thoughts in the comments below.