While you may want to spend every waking moment on the golf green, life has a cruel way of impeding this dream. Technology, however, has made the next-best reality possible thanks to state-of-the-art golf simulators.
Links enthusiasts can now enjoy their favorite greens and world-famous courses, or just work on their long and short games, from the comfort of their home—and with decidedly less walking.
Here are our top picks for in-home golf simulators.
The golf simulator for those who want to play the same courses as the pros. Using patented image processing software and a combination of high-res digital imaging, satellite, and geophysical data, HD Golf recreates nearly 40 championship golf courses (like Pebble Beach and St. Andrews) with unflinching accuracy—right down to the tree, bunker and hazard-level. But HD Golf is more than just a pretty face. The HD Pro Instruction Studio uses shot data in conjunction with swing analysis and pressure mapping to offer tips on form, while the device’s advanced computer vision technology ensures seamless communication between man and machine for a pinpoint-accurate simulation.
Pricing for installing an HD Golf simulator in your home is available at hdgolf.com
For players who want to use their time away from the green to improve their game, Foresight Sports is the solution. The core of the Foresight Sports simulation experience is its Game Changer line of advanced launch monitors, which capture an incredible wealth of information about every single swing you take and present the data in an easy-to-understand format that will let you improve your game, from form to clubs. In addition Foresight Sports launch monitors are endlessly portable, meaning if there’s enough room to swing a club, you have enough room to set up a simulation studio. Players who opt for Foresight’s FSX 2020 simulation software will enjoy high-fidelity graphical renderings of world famous courses as well as a variety of skill challenges designed to improve specific parts of your game.
Pricing for Foresight Sports golf simulators is available at foresightsports.com.
SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator Package
Golfers who want an out-of-the-box option would do well to look at the SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator Package. Coming with everything you need to set up a professional golf simulation studio in your home, the SkyTrak SwingBay Package will allow users to measure their performance across 15 different data points, compete against friends and strangers in peer-to-peer matchups, and features a range of game improvement options, allowing users to work on their optimal swing from the comfort of their home office. SkyTrak is also simulation-software agnostic, meaning users can use whichever compatible simulator they prefer, and try new options as they come along. All that and it comes with a military-grade screen capable of withstanding shots of up to 250 miles per hour.
The SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator Package is available for $9,781.
TruGolf Vista 12
If graphical integrity is of the utmost importance to you, then No. 1 you have great taste and No. 2 check out the TruGolf Vista 12. A full simulation set up that includes a HD 720p projector, a dedicated computer, a 21-inch touchscreen, premium turf and a portable enclosure, the Vista 12 is capable of expertly tracking your every swing—and offering meaningful tips for improvement—thanks to its TruTrack 2 system. But where the Vista 12 really shines is in its E6 Connect technology, meticulously crafted software that provides a detailed and realistic simulation experience, immersing users in the next best thing to a being on a real course.
The TruGolf Vista 12 is available for $19,995 or can be upgraded to a pro version with a level two dedicated computer and HD 1080p Projector for an additional $4,000.