Indoor golf has really taken off in recent times, spurred on by the pandemic that took over the world in early 2020. At the same time, it’s easier than ever to bring the game of golf to your home.
If you’re a golf lover, you might already know about golf simulators. But the first question is: can you afford one?
Well, in most cases, the answer is yes! There are likely many options available to you as you can get a golf simulator in nearly every price range.
The next question then becomes: how much do golf simulators cost? The cost of golf simulators can vary considerably with their quality and the features they offer. You can even get a golf simulator for under $1000, but it will offer much less capability, of course.
Let us take a more in-depth look at how much golf simulators really cost and why their prices vary so much.
Why do prices vary?
As with most things, it’s generally true that you get what you pay for when it comes to golf simulators. If you can pay a fortune for a top-of-the-line setup, you’ll get the largest and best studios, best software, and most accurate ball and club tracking.
The following are the main components that affect the price of a golf simulator:
- launch monitor cost
- simulator software cost
- hitting mat cost
- projector cost
- hitting net or screen/enclosure cost
- cost of device to run your golf simulator (PC, tablet, etc.)
All the components stated above contribute to the total cost of a golf simulator. Other things can increase the cost such as touchscreen monitors and stands, custom flooring, and audio systems. If you want to cut down on the total cost, you’ll have to cut back on one or more of these components.
If your budget is low enough, you may have to forego some of these components entirely. For example, you generally won’t be able to afford a screen and enclosure with a budget of under $1000.
How much will a golf simulator cost you?
Golf simulators can be divided into three price categories: entry-level, mid-range, and high-end.
An entry-level golf simulator will cost you anywhere from $150 to $5000.
One of the best golf simulators that is accessible to the average golfer is the SkyTrak, priced at around $2000.
Various simulator packages (with mats, nets, screens, etc.) are available with the SkyTrak that can raise the price to $5000 or more. Many of the more affordable SkyTrak packages that cost less than $5000 use compact nets or screens made by The Net Return.
Another accessible golf simulator is the Mevo Plus, which is technically a launch monitor but has software simulation capability. It is available as a standalone unit at roughly the same price as the SkyTrak.
A mid-range golf simulator will have a price from around $5000 to $15,000.
The Uneekor QED simulator and many QED packages also fall in this price range. Uneekor’s QED can compete with many high-end simulators that have a much higher cost; it has highly accurate tracking and excellent software.
A high-end golf simulator can cost you anywhere above $15,000. There is practically no limit in this regard.
Compared to the QED, the Uneekor EYEXO offers more detailed analytics data, more data parameters, and the ability to use golf balls without reflective dots.
Simulator packages that use the powerful Foresight Sports GCQuad Quadrascopic Launch Monitor also fall in the high-end price range.
Beyond $20,000, companies like HD Golf, aboutGOLF, Full Swing and TrackMan give you many options, some of which include curved screen designs. As an example, the Full Swing Pro Series Simulator, priced at a minimum of $54,900, is Tiger Woods’ personal home simulator.
Given what we’ve stated above, you can easily get an idea of how much a golf simulator will cost you. It all depends on your budget and the features you want.
Where can you buy golf simulators?
Each has slightly different studio offerings, but they all have large selections and fantastic customer support that is sure to help you narrow it down to what suits you best.
Shop Indoor Golf tends to have the most expensive offerings, but they have low-budget simulators as well. At the moment, Top Shelf Golf is the only one of them to offer simulator packages with the FlightScope X3 radar launch monitor.
We also highly recommend reading consumer and professional reviews of golf simulators to acquire useful insights as to how they actually perform. This will help you a lot in the decision-making process.
Choosing the right golf simulator package for you may seem a little daunting or confusing, but it’s something that you will be able to figure out in short order.
To get the best value for your money, we usually recommend going for a package deal rather than buying individual components. An exception to this is in the super low-end price range, where you can buy affordable mats and nets to go with a cheap simulator like the OptiShot.
Overall, if you want to go for cheap simulators, we suggest avoiding a projector and screen which can raise the price tag dramatically. A much more affordable alternative is a net, and you can still view your shot simulation on your device or on a TV positioned behind the net.
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