Looking for a golf simulator and have a budget of $10K to play with?
Good news. You’ll be able to grab yourself a great setup that’s far superior to the entry level simulators, and not too far away from the pro models (for instance, a Trackman can cost $30k-$50K).
In fact, the simulator itself will cost you under $3K with the bulk of the budget going on the projector, screen, hitting area, housing etc.
Here’s what you need.
The Golf Simulator
There’s no debate here. The simulator you need is the Skytrak launch monitor.
Unlike cheaper golf sims which monitor the clubface, the Skytrak actually tracks ball flight using high speed cameras. Which means you’ll get much more accurate data.
You’ll get stats on:
- Ball speed
- Distance (carry + total)
- Launch angle
- Clubhead speed
- Spin rate (backspin + sidespin)
And of course you’ll get to see a realistic representation of your ball flight on the projector screen.
Not only is the Skytrak the best golf simulator under $10,000, it’s the best value golf simulator on the market in 2021. Period.
Note: To play a course, you’ll need to sign up to a Skytrak subscription (currently $99.95 a year), so factor that into your budget. You’ll get a simulated driving range with the purchase of the unit, but that gets old pretty fast.
The Practice Area
If you’re into DIY, you can do this yourself.
In fact, it’s even possible to build a setup for under $1K.
For $1k, don’t expect the world. We’d expect to pay a lot more than that to get a decent home golf simulator. Golf simulators under $5,000 are where you need to be looking if you want a “real” golf experience at home. That gives some realism. However, look at a budget of $10,000 if you want something that won’t gather dust for the next 10 years.
If you have the budget, we recommend going for a professional build. Our pick is the GS10 studio (you can get it here).
Here’s what you get:
- 1080p high-definition projector
- Side panels and finish turf options.
- The UltiMat 2 mat system (with no cut-out in the section for a simulator)
- Aluminum push-button frame system
- Fabric attaches to the aluminum frame with straps, D-rings and Velcro®
- Extended canopy and light bar
It’s currently priced under $8K, so you’ll be able to grab the Skytrak + the GS10 and still have a little change from your $10,000.
And it will be worth every penny.
Looking for a cheaper alternative? Check out our full guide to the best home golf simulators in 2021.