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Best Golf Simulators: Our Top Picks For 2023 + Complete Buying Guide

We’ve been rounding up the best golf simulators on the market for over 4 years. And through a combination of…

  • Our own testing and research
  • Data from the leading simulator brands
  • Data from over $1.5M of simulator sales referred to our retail partners
  • Survey responses from thousands of visitors to this guide

…we’re confident in saying that we can help find the right golf simulator for you.

The biggest factor? It might sound obvious, but it’s budget.

In our latest survey of 7,022 visitors to this guide (June 2023), 48.61% of respondents said that accuracy was the most important feature to them when choosing a home golf simulator setup to buy.

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And, as you’ll probably guess… the more expensive the sim, the more accurate it’s going to be.

TrackMan 4

What’s the most accurate golf simulator? It’s still TrackMan. Although the industry leader now has some stiff competition. And let’s be honest, most of us don’t have $50K+ to throw down on a TrackMan 4 setup.

So how much do you need to spend for a high level of accuracy, without re-mortgaging your house?

Well, our survey responses, our own sales data, and industry compiled sales figures all conclude that the most common individual budget range for a home simulator setup is between $5K and $10K.

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On finance (which most retailers offer) that price range is going to cost you somewhere between $200 and $300 per month when spread over 3 years. Not cheap, but certainly doable.

So what’s the most accurate golf simulator you can get in a full setup for between $5K and $10K?

It’s between the SkyTrak+ and the updated Mevo+, both new for 2023.

flightscope mevo+ 2023

The original SkyTrak was already within 3% of TrackMan, and early benchmark tests show the SkyTrak+ runs it even closer. So it probably has a slight edge over the Mevo+ on accuracy.

But it’s also $1,000 more expensive. And Mevo’s doppler radar tracking (compared with SkyTrak’s camera system) make it the better option for outdoor use.

So on balance, we’d be saving the cash and going for a Mevo+ setup.

And we’d be buying it direct from FlightScope, in a package that contains a projector, enclosure, and hitting mats for $6,198.

Update 09.02.2023: We’ve negotiated a discount with FlightScope. Use golferlogic10 at checkout and get their golf simulator package for $5,679.05 ($519.95 discount)!

Best affordable simulator package
FlightScope Mevo+ 2023 Edition and Simulator Bundle
FlightScope Mevo+ 2023 Edition and Simulator Bundle
The FlightScope Mevo+ 2023 edition is one of the most accurate mid-range launch monitors and is available in a full simulator package direct from FlightScope that includes:

  • FlightScope Mevo 2023 simulator and launch monitor
  • 20 Data Parameters
  • 10 E6 Connect Simulated Golf Courses(iOS and PC)
  • Simulator enclosure
  • Hitting mat and putting strips
  • Optoma HD1080 Projector
  • Projector mounting bracket and required cables

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If you’re on a budget, you can also buy the Mevo+ on its own for under $2000 and view the simulation on your iPad or laptop, rather than projecting it onto an impact screen. Our discount code golferlogic10 will mean you’ll get the Mevo+ for $1,880.05, rather than the MSRP of $2199 and…you can get it on finance!

We should point out that for smaller spaces the SkyTrak+ will be a better option, since the Mevo+ requires 8-9 feet behind the hitting zone for the doppler radar to track ball flight effectively. The best deal we found under $6k (so comparable to the Mevo Plus) is over at Carl’s Place, using their Build Your Own Simulator Tool.

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Got a bit more budget to play with?

With $10-$15K to spend on a simulator (price will depend on the setup you choose), we’d be heading for a Foresight GC3.

It’s a step up in accuracy from the Mevo+ and SkyTrak+ and uses the same tech as Foresight’s GCQuad (the launch monitor of choice on the PGA tour), just with one less camera, and half the price tag.

Our top GC3 pick was the SIG10 from Shop Indoor Golf at just over $13k. But, spending a few minutes using this clickable tool, we built a ForeSight GC3 simulator package for under $11k…so that has to be our top recommendation.

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And if you have $20K+ to put towards your golf simulator setup…

We’d be heading for an Uneekor EYE XO2 simulator.

It’s a close call between the Uneekor and the GCQuad for the best golf simulator right now. Foresight’s GCQuad (which was our top pick for 3 of the past 4 years) is probably more accurate. But on balance we prefer the simulated gameplay, the ceiling mounted setup, and the (slightly) more affordable price of the new Uneekor EYE XO2.

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Uneekor EYE XO2
Uneekor EYE XO2
The Uneekor EYE XO2 is our top golf simulator pick for 2023. Take your indoor golf experience to the next level by combining the pinpoint accuracy and exceptional simulated gameplay of the Uneekor EYE XO2 with a premium enclosure and hitting mat from The Indoor Golf Shop.
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So that’s the best golf simulator in each price range. We’ve got more detailed reviews on the sims we recommend and more package choices below.

But first, here’s a full list of all home golf simulators we considered this year:

  • Premium: Trackman 4, Foresight GCHawk, Foresight GCQuad, Foresight GC3, TruGolf Apogee, Unekor Eye XO, Uneekor EYE XO2
  • Mid-range: SkyTrak+, Full Swing Kit, SkyTrak (original), Mevo+, Unekor Eye Mini, Bushnell Launch Pro
  • Budget: Mevo, Garmin R10, OptiShot 2, OptiShot 3

Reviews: This Year’s Best Golf Simulators

We’re going to start with one of our top sim picks this year, the SkyTrak+. But you can tap the links below to skip straight to our recommendation in a specific price range.

1. FlightScope Mevo+

the best stand-alone launch monitor/simulator under $2,000

Mevo+ Accuracy
Benchmark tests vs industry standard TrackMan
flightscope mevo+ 2023

There’s a ton of launch monitors available, with pricing running all the way up to $18K. We have a full guide here.

It’s probably no surprise that the more expensive the launch monitor, the more accurate it’s going to be, and the more stats you’ll have available to you.

But with that being said, in terms of actual simulated golf (this is a golf simulator guide afterall) you’re probably going to end up using software such as E6 Connect or WGT for course play. And you can basically run that from most launch monitors.

So if you just need a launch monitor that’s “accurate enough”, rather than the most accurate, then the $2-3K range is probably what you’re looking at for a stand alone launch monitor/simulator.

Which, like the next category (practice simulators) gives you 3 main options to choose from:

  1. The original SkyTrak
  2. The new SkyTrak+
  3. FlightScope’s new Mevo+ 2023

Accuracy on them all is going to be similar, but the Mevo+ and the SkyTrak+ will have the edge. Think 98% accuracy when compared to TrackMan, rather than 97% on the original SkyTrak.

So which should you choose?

Well, for a stand-alone simulator, we’d probably be going for the Mevo+.

There are four main reasons:

  1. It’s actually (just about) the cheapest, coming in at just under $2K
  2. As mentioned above, it’s going to be a touch more accurate than the similarly priced original SkyTrak
  3. It’s the best of the three for outdoor/range use
  4. You’ll get 10 E6 Connect courses to play included in the price (a particular highlight)

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FlightScope Mevo Plus
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Any reason to go for the original SkyTrak instead?

Yes. If you’re going to be using it primarily indoors and you don’t have a decent sized sim room. Because the Mevo+ 2023 will require 8-9 feet behind the ball, whereas the SkyTrak… doesn’t.

And how about the SkyTrak+?


Yes. It’s probably our favorite overall launch monitor right now (and it’s our #1 home simulator with enclosure pick). But it’s also going to cost you an extra $1K. And then you’ll need to budget another $300 for an E6 Connect license to play simulated courses.

So on balance, we’d be heading for the Mevo+ and it’s our top recommendation for a stand alone launch monitor/simulator. But there’s merit in them all, and frankly they are all excellent launch monitors, and by extension great simulators when paired up with E6 Connect or similar.

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2. SkyTrak (original) Practice Sim

the best practice golf simulator under $4,000

SkyTrak Accuracy
Benchmark tests vs industry standard TrackMan
SkyTrak practice studio

With a budget of $3,000-$4,000 for your golf simulator for home use, you’ll want to go for a practice package.

But ‘practice’ is a bit of a misnomer. Because it suggests you’ll just be able to play simulated golf on ranges rather than courses.

(at least that’s what we think of when we associate the term ‘practice’ with golf)

The good news is, that’s not the case. As with a license for sim software such as E6 Connect, you’ll be able to play on exactly the same simulator courses as more expensive setups.

Instead, practice (or in some cases training) seems to be the term that the golf industry has applied to simulator setups that don’t include an enclosure and projector.

So if an enclosure and projector is not included, what is?

Well, a basic golf simulator practice package will include:

  • Launch monitor
  • Hitting mat
  • Hitting net

And looks like this…

mevo+ practice package

(image above shows the Mevo+ practice package from Rain or Shine Golf)

Some will also include extras like side netting and landing mats.

But either way, you’ll be running your simulation on an iPad, PC, or even your phone, rather than projecting it onto an impact screen.

You could of course then send the simulation to a separate display via HDMI. But the bottom line is you won’t be able to smash balls at it like you would with an impact screen and projector setup (unless you have the budget for a new TV every day).

As we mentioned already, a practice package is likely to cost you between $3,000 and $4,000 with the bulk of that budget going to your launch monitor. Sure, there are cheaper setups, powered by cheaper launch monitors (such as the Garmin R10). But you get what you pay for and we’d recommend opting for a quality launch monitor.

So which one?

Either the original SkyTrak, the new SkyTrak+, or FlightScope’s Mevo+.

All three are great choices.

But we think the best deal here is to go for an original SkyTrak Home Golf Sim package, which priced competitively over at Top Shelf Golf ($3,249).

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SkyTrak Golf Simulator Practice Setup
SkyTrak Golf Simulator Practice Setup
The original SkyTrak is still an excellent launch monitor, and this affordable package from Top Shelf Golf is the best home golf simulator under $4000.
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Why the original SkyTrak and not SkyTrak+?

Bluntly, because it’s $1,000 cheaper. And if you do have the extra cash, set it aside for upgrading your setup in the future with a projector and impact screen (experience tells us you’ll want to do that at some stage).

Why SkyTrak and not Mevo+? In a word, space.

They’re roughly the same price, and have similar levels of accuracy and stats. But while the SkyTrak is a camera based launch monitor (which sits to your side), the Mevo+ uses Doppler radar tech. Which means you’ll need to allow 8-9 feet behind your ball for accurate tracking.

No problem if you have a large sim room. But the deciding factor for us when making our overall recommendation in this category.

The SkyTrak Studio Practice package includes a SkyTrak launch monitor, a high impact net, a 5×5 hitting mat, and a custom sized landing mat (they call it putting turf).

Considering the SkyTrak alone is $2K, it’s a great deal at just $2,995. But we’d recommend adding a Play and Improve license as you’ll soon get bored of just playing on the basic range.

The original SkyTrak may have had the limelight stolen somewhat by the new AI infused SkyTrak+. But it’s still available, and it’s still a great launch monitor choice to power your simulator. 

Head to head studies have found accuracy on the SkyTrak to be within 3% of TrackMan. Which is going to be more than sufficient for most golfers.

Camera based tracking saves space

The SkyTrak is a camera based launch monitor, which means it sits to the side while you’re swinging and doesn’t require additional space behind you.

In fact, this is one of the main reasons we chose the SkyTrak over its closest competitor, the Mevo+, in the ‘practice’ category, as with the Mevo+ you’ll need to allow 8-9 feet behind your ball for its Doppler radar based tracking to work effectively.

So if space is at a premium the SkyTrak is a great choice. 

What’s included as standard?

Out-the-box you’ll get plenty of stats on your swing including…

  • Ball Speed
  • Launch Angle
  • Back Spin
  • Side Spin
  • Side Angle
  • Carry/Total Distance
  • Distance Offline
  • Roll Distance
  • Flightpath
  • Clubhead Speed
  • Angle of Descent

…and you’ll also get a basic practice range to play on.

But we’d recommend subscribing to SkyTrak’s “Play And Improve” plan ($249 per year) which will unlock extra features such as bag mapping, and get you 15 full E6 Connect courses to play on (PC or iPad).

While the basic range is great for practice, there’s no doubt that simulated golf is more fun on a simulated course, so it’s a worthwhile investment.

And if you’re running the sim on an Apple device you’ll also get an additional 15 WGT courses.

In summary: the original SkyTrak remains a solid choice for powering your simulator setup.

3. SkyTrak+

the best home golf simulator under $7,000

SkyTrak+ Accuracy
Benchmark tests vs industry standard TrackMan
SkyTrak+ PerfectBay

SkyTrak has topped our selection of mid-range golf sims for the past 3 years. But it’s finally been toppled… by… well, SkyTrak. Specifically the brand-new SkyTrak+.

So what’s new with the SkyTrak+?

Firstly, there’s an upgrade to the Doppler radar system SkyTrak uses to track and calculate ball flight. And they’ve also improved their photometric camera system, which is going to improve accuracy, and help performance when you take your SkyTrak+ launch monitor out of your sim setup and onto the range.

skytrak+ launch monitor

We were anticipating these upgrades, as the original SkyTrak has been around for a while now. But more notably, SkyTrak has jumped on the “machine learning” (in other words AI) bandwagon with the SkyTrak+. And in their testing, they’ve found that their AI-enhanced stats are now matching up to high-end (considerably more expensive) launch monitors.

Now, we should point out that the SkyTrak+ is brand new. In fact, they literally just started sending them out in June. So at the moment, we’re kind of taking their word for it.

But since launch, SkyTrak’s tracking and data has always stood out in the mid-range category — so we’ve no reason to doubt that with the new radar and camera tech, and a sprinkling of AI magic, they’ll be running the likes of Foresight and Trackman closer than ever. And that’s why the SkyTrak+ is one of our top picks in the mid-range golf simulator category.

Which SkyTrak+ package should you go for?

At the affordable end, we’d be heading for the SkyTrak+ PerfectBay package from TopShelf Golf, which is going to come in at under $7,000 including a projector and enclosure (or just over if you add an E6 Connect license).

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But if you’re looking for a more premium option (better mats + enclosure) then you can get a SIG10 SkyTrak+ setup for under $10K from The Indoor Golf Shop.

4. Foresight GC3

the best home golf simulator under $15,000

Foresight GC3
Benchmark tests vs industry standard TrackMan

Foresight’s GCQuad is pretty much the best launch monitor on the planet. But it also has a price tag to match.

So when Foresight launched the GC3 in late 2021, at basically half the price of the GCQuad, it was a development that made us sit up and take notice.

Because the GC3 uses exactly the same camera technology as the GCQuad. It just has three of them (hence the name), while the GCQuad has four.

What does the removal of a camera mean? Slightly less accuracy, and a few less stats. But in the real world, we’re talking a yard or two in terms of distance (depending on the club), and stats that most golfers probably won’t need or even notice are missing.

And when compared with launch monitors in the $2-$3K price range (like the new SkyTrak+) it’s going to win on accuracy and metrics every time. In particular, Foresight’s launch monitors are better at measuring side-spin (and by extension offline distances) than cheaper alternatives. And they’ll never miss a shot, which the original SkyTrak at least would do from time-to-time.

But with that being said, we should say the following:

Don’t take the above in any way as a slight on SkyTrak. We’ve included both the original SkyTrak and the SkyTrak+ in this guide for a reason. But the bottom line is Foresight wins the accuracy battle; their launch monitors are trusted by pros, and are priced accordingly.

Although before you go rushing off to buy one…

There’s another twist in the tale.

Because while the GC3 is effectively the GCQuad with three cameras, there’s another launch monitor that it’s even closer to, the Bushnell Launch Pro.

How close? Well, the GC3 literally is the Bushnell Launch Pro (which also came out in 2021) with a Foresight logo on it.

Because guess what? Foresight and Bushnell are both owned by the same parent company.

And confusingly, the Bushnell Launch Pro is about half the price of the GC3, which makes it (roughly) a quarter of the price of the GCQuad.

But the list price doesn’t tell the whole story. And that’s because the GC3 includes all the software you’ll need to run your simulator, whereas with the Bushnell you’ll need to license the simulator software separately.

Basically to get the same simulated software (Foresight’s FSX 2020 and FSX Play) the Bushnell will cost you an additional $699 per year or a one-off fee of $3,499.

Foresight FSX Play

A simulator is a big investment, and we’d be expecting to get 5-10 years out of your purchase before tech has moved on sufficiently that you’ll want to upgrade. The launch monitor industry moves slower than a lot of other tech niches. For example, TrackMan 4 launched in 2015 (8 years ago) and Foresight’s own GCQuad launched in 2017 (6 years ago).

So after 5 years the price will have worked out the same. Thereafter, you’ve saved yourself a chunk of cash by going for the GC3. And that’s not factoring in the fact that Foresight might increase license costs at some stage within that period.

Which means, we’d be heading for the GC3.

And package wise we’d be going for Rain or Shine Golf’s SwingBay, which comes in at just over $13,500 and includes a premium enclosure, premium hitting and landing mats, an HD projector and all the software you’ll need.

But if you’d rather save money just now, then you can pick up a Bushnell Launch Pro SIG 10 package from The Indoor Golf Shop for under $10K.

5. TruGolf Vista

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TruGolf Vista
Benchmark tests vs industry standard TrackMan
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TruGolf is the company behind E6 Connect, the world’s most popular (and we think best) simulator software.

No matter which simulator you choose, there’s a good chance you’ll want to add an E6 Connect license at some stage. And with the Vista you’ll get 27 E6 Connect courses to play out-the-box.

On top of that, TruGolf’s TruTrak2 tracking system (try saying that 10 times fast) has accuracy approaching TrackMan and Foresight’s GCQuad.

They have invested a ton of time (and we assume money) researching the physics of golf impact, to get as close as you can to simulating how a real golf ball will fly based on that first foot or so of launch.

And the speed of feedback is also impressive. As soon as you hit the ball you’ll be able to see your stats and ball flight on the screen. There’s literally no delay.

TruGolf Vista 10 with touchscreen display

Highly accurate launch and impact statistics, instant feedback, and 27 E6 Connect courses to play make the TruGolf Vista an excellent choice for your home simulator.

We’d recommend going for the TruGolf Vista 10 package from The Indoor Golf Shop, which comes in at just over $15,000 and includes a high quality enclosure, premium fairway mat and turf, a 136″ impact screen, a projector, and a TruGolf computer with 21″ touch screen display.

6. Uneekor EYE XO2

the best golf simulator ($20K+)

Uneekor EYEXO2
Benchmark tests vs industry standard TrackMan
Uneekor EYE XO2 SwingBay

Since we started rounding up the top home golf simulators back in 2020, the choice for the best-of-the-best has been pretty straightforward. It’s always been Foresight’s GCQuad.

Until now that is.

Because with the recent release of Uneekor’s EYE XO2, Foresight has a serious contender to their best home golf simulator crown.

We’ve thought long and hard on this.

Because we’re aware that $20K+ is a serious amount of cash to be laying out on a golf simulator. And we wanted to be 100% certain that you’ll be getting the absolute best value you can for every cent.

And our conclusion is this:

Uneekor’s EYE XO2 matches (or beats) the GCQuad in enough categories for us to say that it is now the best overall golf simulator in 2023.

But for some the GCQuad might still be the better option.

Here’s why.

The EYE XO2 beats the GCQuad on price

Let’s keep things simple to start.

The EYE XO2 is cheaper than the GCQuad. At least when we compare like-for-like simulator software installations.

Although that might not be immediately apparent.

Look at the launch monitors on their own (i.e. not in a simulator setup), and you’ll see them both listed for a base price of $14,000 (including FSX 2020 on the GCQuad).

price comparison

But to get the most out of them in your simulator setup, you’re going to have to upgrade the software.

With the GCQuad, you’ll want to add the Clubhead Measurement ($4K) which will take your total to $18,000.

GCQuad shot data

And with the Uneekor EYE XO2, you’ll want to add ‘Refine’ at a minimum ($1K), which will give you access to training modes and five 18-hole courses. Although we’d recommend going for ‘Refine+’ ($2K) which will get you an extra 15 courses to play.

Uneekor Refine

So, assuming Refine+ on the EYE XO2, that takes the prices to:

  • GCQuad: $18,000 (FSX 2020 with 9 courses + Clubhead Measurement add on)
  • Uneekor EYE XO2: $16,000 (20 courses)

Note: Technically you don’t ‘need’ the Clubhead add on, which would take the GCQuad back down to $14K. But then the Uneekor is going to be way ahead on metrics, so we’re not really comparing like-for like. Bluntly, if you’re spending this much on a simulator, you want clubhead data.

Additional costs

You’ll probably also want to integrate your setup with E6 Connect (or similar) for more courses at some point. But the cost for that will be the same on both simulators.

The GCQuad still (just about) beats the EYE XO2 on accuracy

Uneekor EYE XO2 SwingBay

Both the GCQuad and the EYE XO2 use high speed cameras to capture club and ball data through the hitting zone.

The GCQuad has 4, the EYE XO2 has 3 cameras.

Does the extra camera on the GCQuad make it more accurate?

Kind of.

GCQuad is definitely still the closest to TrackMan in terms of accuracy for distances. And it actually beats TrackMan on clubhead analysis. There’s a reason it has become the launch monitor of choice on the PGA Tour for a reason.

But Uneekor’s EYE XO2 is close enough that you’re really not going to notice a difference. If the GCQuad is 99% as accurate as TrackMan, then the EYE XO2 is probably 98.7% as accurate (it’s brand new and we’re still waiting on full benchmark tests).

If you really need to be sure that your distances are dialed in to the half yard, go for the GCQuad. If not, then you’ll be more than happy with the accuracy of the Uneekor.

Ceiling mounted (Uneekor) vs portable (GCQuad)

Uneekor EYEXO2 ceiling mount

The Uneekor EYE XO2 is a ceiling mounted home golf simulator, whereas the GCQuad sits to the side of the hitting zone.

Both setups have their advantages.

The Uneekor is less likely to get damaged than the GCQuad (although the cases are pretty tough) and will also allow you to interchange play with a left handed player (if you’re a righty).

GCQuad portable

On the flip side, the GCQuad is portable, so you can take it to the range to practice with. You can’t do that with the EYE XO2 — once it’s mounted on your ceiling it’s there for good.

We should point out that Foresight also have a ceiling mounted option, the Foresight GCHawk, and Uneekor have a pretty affordable portable launch monitor called the EYE Mini.

The Uneekor will require a larger sim room

The EYE XO2 is going to be mounted on the ceiling, behind the hitting zone looking down.

Which means you’ll need a sim room that’s at least 16ft long to get the most accuracy.

The GCQuad on the other hand sits to your side, which means you only need enough space to make a full swing.

So if you have a small room for your simulator, you’ll need to go for a GCQuad.

Our opinion: Uneekor’s ‘out-the-box’ simulated play is better

This is mainly our opinion, but we prefer the simulated play on Uneekor’s Refine software.

Here’s a demo of Uneekor Refine from Golf Simulator Videos.

And here’s a demo of FSX 2020 (GCQuad) from Golf Pro Delivered.

They’re both great, but we’re leaning towards Refine.

Of course, you can always add integrations with other simulator software such as E6 Connect, GSPRO, and TGC for more courses and practice options.

Summary: why we picked Uneekor’s EYE XO2 as the best golf simulator this year.

A lot of it comes down to price.

We just feel they are similar enough in features and accuracy that (unless you need a portable launch monitor) you’re better off saving some cash.

A Uneekor EYE XO2 SIG10 setup from Rain or Shine Golf with Refine+ starts at $20,099.

A similar GCQuad package from The Indoor Golf Shop with the Clubhead Measurement add-on starts at $24,999.

That $5,000 difference is not exactly pocket change.

For less than the price of the GCQuad setup, you can get the Uneekor with Refine+, and add an E6 Connect license ($2,500 on PC) for more courses.

Uneekor EYEXO2 SwingBay

Both are fantastic simulators.

And as mentioned above, there are definitely going to be times when the GCQuad is the better option (room size, portability).

But all things considered, our top home simulator pick right now at the premium end is Uneekor’s EYE XO2.

Today’s best Uneekor EYE XO2 deals

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Today’s best Foresight GCQuad deals

Carl's PlaceGCQuad SIG10 Packagefrom $20,999
Rain or Shine GolfGCQuad SwingBay Packagefrom $20,299

Where To Buy A Home Golf Simulator In 2023

While there are some sim deals available on general retailers/marketplaces like Amazon, we’d recommend buying your home golf simulator from a specialist retailer based in the USA.

Golf sims are not cheap, so you want to make sure you’re getting the real deal, and that your sim will be fully covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Below are our top two recommendations for where to buy your golf simulator. But for more choices see our full guide to where to buy a golf simulator here.

1. The Indoor Golf Shop

shop indoor golf

From their base in Dallas, Texas, The Indoor Golf Shop (previously Shop Indoor Golf) build and ship simulators across the USA.

They have a great selection of sim setups from SkyTrak, TruGolf, Foresight, Optishot, and Flightscope, with a range of packages to suit all budgets.

Financing is available to help spread the cost of your sim, and you can choose to pay over 3, 6, 12, or 24 months. 0% APR is available on the 12 month financing options.

Check out the Indoor Golf Shop here.

2. Rain Or Shine Golf

rain or shine golf

Rain Or Shine Golf is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and ship their sims across the USA.

They have a wide range of sim packages available from brands including SkyTrak, Flightscope, TruGolf, and Uneekor.

Again, financing is available (max $15K) with 0% APR up to 12 months, and other finance deals available up to 36 months.

Check out Rain Or Shine Golf here.

3. Top Shelf Golf

Top Shelf Golf are certainly a smaller retailer when compared to both Rain or Shine and Shop Indoor Golf. However, they shouldn’t be overlooked. Their prices on simulators from FlightScope to Foresight and even SkyTrak are among the most competitive on the market.

So before making a purchase, make sure you can compare prices with the golf sims they have on offer.

Check out Top Shelf Golf here.

Golf Simulator Cost: Everything You Need To Know Before You Buy

(for a more detailed breakdown of golf simulator costs see our full guide here)

How much does a golf simulator cost?

It depends on your definition of an indoor golf simulator. Because there are effectively 5 sub-categories.

Note: we think it’s worth reading this section, because:

a) there’s a wide variation on what people consider a golf simulator actually is (is it the software, the launch monitor, the full setup with enclosure?)
b) lots of our readers question why there’s such a huge variation in pricing

The information below should give clarity on both and help you make your decision on the right golf simulator for home use.

1. Cheap “golf simulators” (under $1K)

OptiShot 2

You’ll swing a club (or stick), maybe hit foam balls, you’ll see a representation on a screen, but it’s not going to be accurate. We class these as golf games rather than simulators. And while we’re not huge fans of the category, there are a few semi-decent options under $1,000.

We don’t include them in this guide (which is focused on the best golf simulators). But if that’s your budget, we’d recommend going for the OptiShot 2 Golf in a Box which is available for $950 from Top Shelf Golf.

Although we’d definitely encourage you to push your budget to the next sim category below.

2. Stand-alone launch monitors/simulators (from $2K)

flightscope mevo+ 2023

If you want an accurate reading of your ball flight, distances etc, then you’ll need a proper launch monitor. Your launch monitor can be paired up with your phone, tablet, or PC, and you have an indoor golf simulator. A good one at that.

You’ll be able to use this stand-alone at the range or outdoors.

But for home use, unless you’re happy hitting balls into your curtains off the carpet (no judgment, I’ve done it myself), you’ll also need a hitting mat and a net.

And if you don’t have them already then you’re into category 3 below, or sourcing your mat and net separately rather than in a package deal.

Our top pick in this category is FlightScope’s brand new Mevo+ 2023, which is coming in at well under $2K with our discount code golferlogic10 (5% off at checkout).

You can read more about why we picked it here.

And if you want a full rundown on launch monitors (with options right up to $18K) read our guide to the best launch monitors in 2023.

3. Practice golf simulators ($3-4K)

skytrak practice package

A practice golf simulator package is going to include a launch monitor, a hitting mat, possibly a landing mat, and a net.

Again, you’ll view the simulation on your phone, tablet, or PC. Or you could output to a separate display via HDMI.

But now you have everything you need for a basic home golf simulator setup, and your windows are safe.

Our top pick in this category is the SkyTrak Home Golf Simulator Practice Package (pictured), which is coming in at just over $3000.

Read more about why we picked it here.

Although for the ultimate indoor golf experience, you’re looking at moving into the next budget category below.

4. Full golf simulator setups with enclosure and projector ($6K+)

SkyTrak+ Studio Pro

This category of golf simulator includes a projector and an enclosure with an impact screen that you can project your simulation on to. It’s the closest you’ll get to ‘real golf’ and the kind of setup you’ll see when you switch on the golf channel.

It has a wide price range, starting around $6,000, and running anywhere up to $50K+ for a TrackMan 4 or HD golf setup. Although we don’t think you’re getting much more for your money once you get past the $20-$30K range which is where our top choice lies.

The costs in this category are pretty much going to depend on the launch monitor you use to measure your shots (biggest factor), the software you choose to run your simulation, the materials you choose for your hitting mat and enclosure, and the projector included in your package.

With that in mind, we have 4 picks in this category to suit a range of budgets:

The best affordable full simulator setup, with an enclosure, impact screen, mats, and projector is the SkyTrak+ PerfectBay Simulator, which is under $6000 from Top Shelf Golf.

Read why we picked it here.

Take accuracy up to levels approaching TrackMan with a Foresight GC3 SwingBay setup including enclosure, impact screen, mats, and projector (under $14K from Rain or Shine Golf).

Read why we picked it here.

Or if you want E6 Connect (the best simulator software) out-the-box, then go for a TruGolf Vista 10 setup (under $16K from The Indoor Golf Shop).

Read why we picked it here.

And if you want the best simulator setup available right now, head for a Uneekor EYE XO2 SwingBay setup (under $21K from Rain or Shine Golf).

Uneekor EYE XO2 SwingBay

Read why we picked it here.

5. DIY golf simulators

The final category of golf simulator setup is the full DIY option.

Instead of buying a package deal, you’ll choose everything separately (from launch monitor and software, to hitting mat, enclosure, projector etc).

The downside is that you’ll need to spend time choosing the right elements to make up your package. The upside is you might be able to save a bit of cash, and it’s going to be fully customized to your individual needs.

If this sounds like the best option for you, then we’ve got a full DIY golf simulator guide here.

And we also have separate guides to hitting mats and nets.

Now let’s break down the individual components in a bit more detail.

What you need for a home golf simulator setup (total costs)

Let’s start by looking at what you’ll need for a home golf simulator setup.

We won’t go into specifics here (we’ll cover each item separately after). Instead we’ll look at high and low costs in a table summary.

ItemRequiredCost (low)Cost (high)
Launch monitoryes$499$14,000
Simulator softwareyes$0$950
Hitting matyes$150$4,000
Hitting netyes$159$2,495
Projector screenno$249$295
Side barrier nettingno$200$230
Total (required)$808$21,445
Total (all)$1,956$23,389

So buying items individually (instead of a package deal which we recommend), the cost of a home golf simulator setup could vary from $808 with just the basic minimums, to $26,889 for a premium simulator with all extras.

Note: we marked the projector and screen as non-essential as technically you view ballflight on your laptop or iPad. However, for most home simulator setups (and a more golf like experience), you’ll want both a projector and screen.

Now let’s take a look at the individual elements in a typical golf simulator setup and their associated costs.

Launch monitor costs

Price range: $499 – $14,000

launch monitor

The launch monitor is the brains of a home golf simulator. Basic launch monitors will track the path of the club face through impact (less accurate), while more advanced launch monitors will track initial ball flight, and use this to calculate full flight (more accurate).

Generally, the more expensive the launch monitor, the more accurate simulated ball flight (and associated statistics) will be.

Note: technically monitors which track club path are not true launch monitors, however, we have included one here (the OptiShot 2) for simplicity.

Let’s look at costs for some of the most popular launch monitors used in golf simulators this year.

Launch monitorTrackingAccuracyCost
OptiShot 2Club pathAcceptable$499
SkyTrakBall flightHigh$1,995
Foresight GC2Ball flightPro$9,500
Foresight GC QuadBall flightPro$14,000

At the affordable end ($499) we have the OptiShot 2 system, which tracks club path rather than ball flight, and is therefore not technically classed as a launch monitor. According to OptiShot, accuracy is within 2 mph of club head speed, 1.5 degrees of face angle and 1.9 degrees of swing path. So while the OptiShot will do a reasonable job simulating ball flight on screen, stats should be taken with a healthy grain of salt.

There’s a considerable jump in price to the SkyTrak ($1,995). But that’s because it’s a true launch monitor which tracks the golf ball in the early stages of flight. Accuracy is considerably higher – at least 98% as accurate as TrackMan, the industry benchmark, which uses radar to track the full flight of the golf ball.

And at the pro level we have the GC2 ($9,500) and GC Quad ($14,000) launch monitors from Foresight. Again, both these launch monitors track impact and early ball flight (not full flight), but accuracy is comparable to TrackMan – particularly on the GC Quad.

For most golfers SkyTrak will be accurate enough, and it continues to be the most popular golf simulator on the market. However, serious golfers who need precise stats (and have the budget), may want to invest in a Foresight launch monitor.

Check out our guide to the best golf launch monitors in 2023.

Hitting mat costs

Price range: $150 – $4,000

hitting mat

Unless you plan on tearing up your carpet, you’ll need a hitting mat. And while there are some super cheap options available, we’d recommend steering clear of them. You need a little bit of give in your hitting mat, otherwise you’re going to quickly injure your elbow, or at least groove a swing that’s too shallow as you’re scared of impacting the mat.

There’s a wide variation in hitting mat costs. At the lower end, you’re looking at around $150 for a very basic, smaller mat with some cushioning. In the mid range $500-$900 will get you a TrueStrike mat (which have excellent turf like give). And at the high end, a premium mat such as one from Fiberbuilt can set you back anywhere from $1,199 to $4,000.

See our guide to the best golf mats here.

Hitting net costs

Price range: $159 – $2,495

hitting net

Your home golf simulator setup is going to need a hitting net. And again, there’s a big variation in pricing between the lower end nets and the high end hitting nets.

For under $200, you’ll be able to pick up a basic hitting net like the Cimarron Super Swing Master.

In the mid range, Net Return have some decent nets in the $500-$1,000 bracket.

And Net Return also cater for the premium market, with their flagship Simulator Series golf net tipping the scales at a cool $2,495.

Projector costs

Price range: $699 – $1,419


Your projector is responsible for, well projecting, the visuals from your golf simulator onto the screen. And generally, the more expensive the projector, the brighter and sharper the image will be.

For example, the mid range $699 Optoma X318ST projects images with a brightness level of 3,300 lumens, while the high end $1,419 Maxell MC-EX5001 projects 5,200 lumens. The Maxwell also features HDCR2, which delivers a sharper, higher contrast projection.

But with that being said, while the Maxwell projector will certainly deliver a brighter, sharper image, and is recommended if you have the budget, the Optoma X318ST should be sufficient for most home setups.

Simulator screen costs

Price range: $249 – $295

We recommend you go with either the Net Return Home simulator screen ($249), or the Net 

Return Pro simulator screen ($295).

The only difference here is the size of the screen, with the Home screen being 80” H x 82” W, and the Pro being 83” H x 94” W.

Choose the simulator impact screen that fits best with your hitting net. Alternatively, you can go with a golf enclosure setup. See our guide to golf enclosure and impact screens here.

Side barrier netting costs

Price range: $200 – $230

If you’re certain that you’ll never shank the ball, you might get away without side barrier netting for your home golf simulator setup.

But if you’re prone to the odd hosel rocket, then you’ll definitely want to have some side netting in place.

Side netting will set you back between $200 and $230.

Golf Simulator FAQs

answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about golf simulators

What’s the difference between a golf simulator and a launch monitor?

A launch monitor is part of an indoor golf simulator setup and is the “brains” that measures what’s happening at impact, and how the golf ball will fly. These measurements (which include statistics such as club path, clubhead speed, spin, trajectory, distance) can be read in isolation on a stand alone launch monitor, or used to simulate ball flight on a screen as part of a simulator setup.

What equipment do you need for a home golf simulator setup?

For a basic home golf simulator setup you’ll need a launch monitor, a hitting mat, a hitting net, and a connected device (iPad, laptop, phone) for viewing the simulated ball flight. However to get the most out of your home golf simulator setup, it’s recommended to also purchase a projector and screen, rather than viewing ball flight on a small device.

How much does a home golf simulator cost?

Golf simulator costs range from under $1,000 for a full setup at the lower end (OptiShot package) to over $20K for premium simulator setups such as TruGolf and GCQuad.
Check out our full golf simulator cost guide here.

What height of room is needed for a golf simulator?

The minimum recommended room height for a golf simulator will vary depending on the exact setup, however, a good rule of thumb is that a simulator setup will require a room height of at least 8.5 feet.

How much space is required for a golf simulator?

The exact space required for a golf simulator will depend on the setup, however, most golf simulators will require a minimum space of 10’W x 10’L x 8.5’H.

How accurate are golf simulators?

The accuracy of a golf simulator will correlate roughly with the cost. A high end golf simulator such as GCQuad can simulate ball flight with an accuracy of around 95%.

Ready to choose your new golf simulator?

As I said at the start, a lot of what drives your choice here is going to be budget.

If you’re just looking for some basic stats, and to play golf at home, then the OptiShot 2 will get you going. The Mevo+ system takes things up a level. And then at the top end you’re choosing between TruGolf and Foresight GCQuad.

Best affordable simulator package
FlightScope Mevo+ 2023 Edition and Simulator Bundle
FlightScope Mevo+ 2023 Edition and Simulator Bundle
The FlightScope Mevo+ 2023 edition is one of the most accurate mid-range launch monitors and is available in a full simulator package direct from FlightScope that includes:

  • FlightScope Mevo 2023 simulator and launch monitor
  • 20 Data Parameters
  • 10 E6 Connect Simulated Golf Courses(iOS and PC)
  • Simulator enclosure
  • Hitting mat and putting strips
  • Optoma HD1080 Projector
  • Projector mounting bracket and required cables

Be sure to use our discount code (golferlogic10) for an additional saving at checkout.
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There are several other golf simulators on the market, but we wouldn’t look beyond these 4 when making your decision.

Hopefully we’ve covered what you need to know. But if you have any questions, then just drop a comment below and we’ll get back to you asap.

Looking for more ideas for practicing golf at home? Check out our guide to the best home golf drills here or our guide to this year’s best indoor putting greens.

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David is one of the founders of Golfer Logic, and on a mission to improve his swing, while sharing advice, tips and "eureka!" moments with the GL community.

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