How To Install Carl's Built-In Golf Room Kit

Carl’s Built-In Golf Room Kit is the perfect solution to optimize your space and create a captivating golf paradise in your room. If you're curious about whether a built-in golf simulator is right for your home or commercial indoor golf setup, our assembly videos might just help you make up your mind.

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The video will take you through the main assembly steps, including:

  • What’s included
  • Tools needed
  • Installing the wall-to-wall impact screen
  • Installing the golf simulator panels
  • Installing add-ons

Please keep in mind that the transcripts provided here are intended for reference purposes only. To obtain comprehensive instructions on how to assemble Carl’s Built-In Golf Room Kit, we highly recommend consulting the assembly manual, which can be found on the built-in kit webpage.

Carl's Built In Golf Room Kit

Video Transcript for Built-In Golf Screen Kit Instructions

At Carl’s Place, our Built-In Golf Room Kits help you create a golf simulator room complete with a wall-to-wall screen. They are designed for DIYers with carpentry or handyman skills to provide an immersive experience that makes you feel like you are right there on the course.  In this video, we will walk you through the setup process for our Carl’s Built-In Golf Screen Kit, as well as provide you with some tips and tricks that help along the way.

What you will need:
You’ll want to start by organizing your kit. Your kit will include:

  • 4 corner cable anchors with screws
  • 4 pulley wheels
  • 4 safety wire lynch pins
  • 1 top cable
  • 2 turnbuckles
  • 4 threaded nuts
  • Impact screen (with cable through bottom sleeve)
  • Zip ties
  • Mountable zip ties
  • A roll of hook fastener tape comes standard, or you may choose to upgrade to starter panels with a hook fastener strip. The starter panels are essential if you’re adding wall or ceiling panels to your built-in-golf room, but if you’re just installing the screen, they are an upgrade.

Make sure to have your tools handy - you’ll need a:

  • Laser level or plumb line
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill and impact driver
  • 7/16 socket wrench
  • Two 8-foot-tall step ladders. 

Plan, Measure and Align your space

Next it’s time to measure and align your space. Start by measuring one foot away from each corner of the back wall and mark the placement of the four corner anchors. Use a laser level or a plumb line to ensure your room is square and the anchors are set on an even plane.

Next install the corner anchors. Place the corner anchor against the floor with the tapered end pointing up against the wall. At the bottom angled hole, drill a pilot hole at a downward angle into the “bottom plate” of the wall. Then, use a ¼” lag screw to secure it in place.

Repeat this process with the other floor anchor making sure the anchors are installed on an even plane. Then continue with the 2 ceiling corner anchors installing each with the tapered end pointing down, into the top plate.

The cable anchors are designed to be secured with a single screw through the angled hole. The other two holes are optional and can provide additional security as needed.

Install Top Cable

Now it is time to install the top cable. First grab the loose cable (the one not in the screen) as well as a pulley wheel and a safety lynch pin. Put the cable behind the pulley wheel and press it into one of the top corner anchors. Then secure the pulley in place with the lynch pin through the lower hole. Repeat the process on the other top anchor. The cable should now be spanning the ceiling, with the left and right sides hanging down. 

Hang the Screen

Next, take your screen and orient it so that the Carl’s place logo faces the front and top of the screen. Note to avoid letting the screen touch the floor to keep it from getting dirty. Loosely zip-tie the top 2 corners of the screen around the pulley wheel on the 2 ceiling corner cable anchors. Your screen will be hanging loosely with the bottom cable in the screen lying on the floor. Take one end of the screen cable and press it into the floor anchor with the pulley wheel  just like you did installing the top cable. Insert the lynch pin through the hole closest to the floor. Repeat on the other side. 

Thread a nut on the end of each cable (4 in total) -  if not already threaded onto the cable ends.

Using the turnbuckles, connect the top and bottom cable ends together. The turnbuckles are threaded so that turning it in one direction will thread it on to each cable end. You can start by threading one end just enough to keep the turnbuckle on, and then adding the other cable in and tightening them both together. Tighten the turnbuckle just until the cable system is taught. Be careful not to over-tighten.

Follow up by firmly tightening the nuts to secure the turnbuckle in place. This won’t cause unwanted pull on the screen, but it will prevent the cable from loosening over time. It’s best if you remember to check and make sure these nuts remain secure as you begin to use your golf screen.

Next install zip-ties through the bottom corner grommets on the screen around the corner anchor pulley wheels.

With the corner grommets secured, continue to attach all the remaining grommets on the screen with zip ties. Start by securing all the zip ties very loosely, so that you will have an easier time adjusting for tension and spacing later.

Now it's time to adjust your zip ties for screen tensioning. The first step is to make sure the bottom of the screen is level with the floor. Loosen or tighten the zip ties at the ceiling of the enclosure to adjust the screen so that the bottom sits flush to the floor.

If your screen is pulling up at the bottom edges, you may have overtightened the cable. If this is the case, loosen up the cable otherwise you’ll have pulling and bowing that you can’t correct with zip tie adjustments.

Continue working your way around the enclosure, tightening and loosening the zip ties as needed to work out any sag or pulling visible in your screen. 
Note that a slight “belly” of sag in the middle of the screen is natural, but it shouldn’t be overtly visible. For larger screens, or to maintain a perfectly straight top edge, you can use the mountable zip ties to raise the cable at the top to the ceiling.

Finally you can install your hook fastener tape which will hold the flaps of your screen. (Note if you purchased starter panels, you’ll install those instead.) For the hook fastener tape, use your laser level or plumb line to set a guide from floor to ceiling 5 inches away from screen. Remove the adhesive on the fastener tape and secure it to the wall with screws or nails every few inches to help keep it it place over time. It’s ideal if you can get the screws or nails into a stud.

If you did not purchase the optional foam inserts, continue the screen installation by attaching the screen flaps to the enclosure walls and ceiling with the hook and loop strips. If you purchased the optional foam inserts, you’ll install those now.

Install Foam Inserts

Install the foam with the narrow edge against the frame, and wrap the flap around the foam to secure it with the hook and loop strips. Make sure no part of the foam sticks out and interferes with the hook and loop connection.

Review your work and reattach the hook and loop to smooth out any lines in the flaps as necessary.

Your setup is now complete and you can begin using your new built-in golf room!

Further installation

If you ordered Carl’s built-in panel kit to darken and soften your walls and ceiling you can install those now. Our panels attach using French cleats and Z clips, to shield your walls and/or ceiling from stray shots.

They are not only custom-sized to fit your specific space, but are also heavy-duty so that you can swing with confidence and not worry about anyone putting a hole in your wall.

Carl’s golf room curtains are another great option for temporarily covering doors or windows and is a great alternative to deep enclosure walls. Simply pull the curtain out when you want to play, and drag it back when you need access.

With your screen up, you can finish up those final touches to get your golf simulator up and running. If you need help with any other electronics or accessories you picked up from Carl’s Place we’re here to help. Check out our library of resources to support your build. 

We recommend using new golf balls that are free from any scuffs or permanent marker to maximize the life of your screen and to keep it from marking up.

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Thanks for watching this video! If you have any questions or feedback feel free to shoot us an email, give us a call, or contact us on our website. Be sure to subscribe to our channel for more videos on building, using, and enhancing your own golf simulator.

Video Transcript for Built-In Golf Room Panel Kit Instructions

Welcome to the Carl’s Place Built-In Golf Room Installation Guide. This video will guide you through the panel installation process for your built-in golf enclosure. Keep in mind that each room is unique, and while these instructions serve as a comprehensive guide for installing wall panels in your golf simulator room, variations may exist in different setups. Use this guide as a helpful framework tailored to your individual space.

What you will need
You’ll want to start by organizing your kit. Your kit will include:

  • Padded panels sized to fit your space
  • French Cleats, screws and anchors
  • Z-Clips and screws
  • Starter panels (if not already installed)

Make sure to have your tools handy. You’ll need:

  • A laser level and 3ft level
  • Pencil
  • Drill and Driver
  • Studfinder
  • Drywall anchors
  • At least one 8 foot tall step ladder

Plan, Measure and Align

Before you start, take the time to plan, measure, and align your golf room installation properly. Here’s how:

  • Review your panel diagram for where to place the correctly sized panels on each wall, making sure everything fits just right
  • Understand the orientation of the panels and cleats. Wall cleats will align perpendicular to the screen on the walls, and parallel to the screen on the ceiling.
  • Our panels attach using French cleats and Z clips allowing for flexibility in placement and ease in the assembly process.
  • Plan panel and cleat placement:
    • Before diving into installation, take a look at where the panels will get installed. 
    • Develop a clear plan for positioning your cleats to ensure that each cleat spans the seam of two adjacent panels.
    • Make sure to consider variables like stud availability, panel sizes, and the extent of coverage when installing those cleats.
    • This review beforehand helps you plan where the panels meet and where to position those cleats.
  • Install Starter panels: the Wall panels are designed to install snug against the starter panels. If you haven’t already, install the starter panels.
    • Start at the bottom, butting the lowest starter panel up against the floor anchor. Level and screw into stud (or use wall anchors). Continue working around the remaining walls. 

Cleat Installation on Walls

Now it's time to install the cleats. Cleats should be screwed into a secure surface like plywood or wall studs. If your walls and ceilings aren't constructed with plywood, make use of a stud finder and laser level to pinpoint and mark where the studs are located. This step will make installing the cleats much more straightforward.

In most cases, we recommend starting panel installation adjacent to the starter panels, however if your wall has a distinct end, you may want to start there and work back toward the screen.

If you start installing cleats near the screen, the cleat can sit right up against the starter panel. If you start installing cleats at the end of the wall, make sure to keep it 1”-2” from the edge of the wall to keep it out of sight when you install the panel.

Whichever end you start with, install the first cleat 1”-2” above the floor with the grooved edge against the wall, facing downwards, creating space on top for the Z-clips to rest. 

Secure the cleat, making sure it’s level, into a stud (use anchors if necessary) using the long screws provided. Do not over-tighten.

Install Second Cleat: Install the next cleat above the first cleat.  You can mark a spare piece of wood to use as a spacing guide for cleat placement.

Exact placement varies based on your room’s panel customization, however the cleat should sit about 4” below the top edge of the panel. 

Install Third and Fourth Cleats: Line up your panel again to gauge the placement of the next 2 cleats. While there’s some flexibility in their placement, ensure that one edge sits at least 2” behind the panel, with the remaining part extending beyond the panel to accommodate the installation of the next panel. Proceed to install these two cleats. (You should be able to secure these next two cleats into studs if needed.) 

Placing Wall Panels

Prepare Z-Clips: Uncover the adhesive on the back of four Z-clips. Z-Clip Arrangement: Set a Z-clip into each cleat, four Z-clips in total.

Space the Z-Clips: Measure the Z-clip spacing to align with the panel’s width, leaving approximately one inch on each side. Keep the Z-clips near the panel’s edges for proper corner alignment. 

Panel Placement: Now it’s time to place the panel. Ensure the panel is level, then firmly press it against the adhesive. Remove Panel: Lift to remove the panel with the Z-clip now adhered. If any Z-clips did not stick, carefully set back in place and press more firmly. 

Secure Z-Clips: Secure each Z-clip to the panel using the short screws provided.

Once the z-clips are secured you can set the panel back into position on the cleat.

Repeat this process for all the wall panels, working from the bottom to the top. Make sure to align each panel evenly with the adjacent panels.

Ceiling Installation

Once both walls are complete it’s time to start the ceiling installation. Start in the middle of the screen to determine where to install the panels. This helps get equal spacing at each end. Orient the cleat with the grooved edge against the ceiling and toward the screen, with the opening for the z-clips facing away from the screen. The first row of cleats should be installed 2 - 3in from the starter panel edge and 1 - 2 in from the wall.

Using the same method to install as you did with the wall panels, Install the ceiling panels starting at the screen and working away from it. 

Once your ceiling installation is complete, ensure that all your panels are evenly spaced. The panels are intentionally slightly smaller than the room to ensure a proper fit. If any gap at the end is noticeable, evenly distribute the panels to cover the entire room.

You are now ready to begin using your new built-in golf enclosure! If you have any questions or feedback feel free to shoot us an email, give us a call, or contact us on our website. 
We want to see your new golf setup! Go to to send us pics, videos, or reviews of your brag-worthy setup! Be sure to subscribe to our channel for more videos on building, using, and enhancing your own golf simulator.

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