DIY vs. Pro: Which golf enclosure is best for your space?

Untitled-1 copyCarl’s Place offers two types of golf simulator enclosures: the DIY and the Pro. Some might think of them as siblings. They look somewhat alike, but they also have clear differences.

We’re thinking similar to Mario and Luigi. The DIY, or Mario, is smaller and came first, while the Pro, or Luigi, is larger and was born a short time later. 

“That’s weird,” said Zach, a Carl’s Place Customer Service Representative, when asked about the comparison. “I would say Chevrolet versus Cadillac, or something similar.”

“How about a McDouble versus a Big Mac?” Ashley, another Carl’s Place Customer Service Representative, asked. 

Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

Of course, they both come with detailed assembly instructions. Make sure you actually read those instructions.

“Both golf simulator enclosures are easy to assemble and put together in the same basic manner: create a cage, put the fabric over the cage and hang the screen,” Zach said. “It’s pretty simple, but keep the assembly instructions handy just in case you run into any trouble.”

Each are customizable down to the inch, have optional add-ons, can be used for home or commercial use, and look similar with black fabric surrounding a high quality Carl’s Place golf impact screen, but they also have their own features. 

Below, we will go through the differences between the two golf simulator enclosures and why they can be great for your space.

DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit

DIY Enclosure in garageThe Carl’s Place DIY golf simulator enclosure kits offer an easy way to build a safe spot where you can hit a golf ball without worrying about it ripping through your drywall or breaking a window.

To suit a wide range of budgets, they can come with any of the three Carl’s Place golf impact screens: the Standard, the Preferred or the Premium. The ceiling and walls are made of black nylon fabric, which can attach to an optional pipe framing kit or 1-inch electrical metallic tubing (EMT). The pipe kits or EMT connect to each other using 1-inch steel fittings

A cable attaches the bottom of the impact screen to the enclosure frame, keeping balls from going behind the enclosure while providing a seamless turf-to-screen visual. The DIY enclosures can come with foam inserts to protect the frame around the screen. Net wall extensions and safety baffles are popular add-ons available with this kit.

“It’s a cost versus performance thing,” Zach said. “You can get a DIY enclosure with pipes and safety foam inserts shipped for free and for a great price overall.”

Ashley agreed, adding that the quick set up and tear down is a perk of a DIY enclosure.

“If you get the pipe framing kit with the screen and enclosure material, it gives you all components that will fit together easily,” Ashley said.

DIY golf simulator enclosures can max out at 124.75 inches high by 163.33 inches wide and can be made to order in just a few days. 

Pro Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit


The Carl’s Place Pro golf simulator enclosure is a high-end version available in wider and deeper dimensions with higher end finishes and more optional add-ons.

The Pro comes with the Carl’s Place Premium golf impact screen by default, which provides the highest quality projected image and the best noise dampening. The ceiling and walls are made out of high quality black knit fabric.

The frame for the Pro enclosure is made out of 2-inch EMT pipes, which connect with 2-inch steel fittings. Similar to the DIY enclosure, foam inserts are optional add-ons to protect the frame and the golfer from ricocheting balls.

Other optional add-ons include the pre-cut 2-inch EMT pipe kit; net wall extensions; electronic mounts for projectors, Uneekor (QED and EYE XO) or the GC Hawk launch monitors; and up to five ceiling safety baffles. 

“The black sports knit fabric gives the Pro golf enclosure a super smooth, high-end, finished look,” Ashley said.

Zach added that one of the best benefits of a Pro enclosure is that you are able to build an all-containing setup. 

You can mount your golf simulator projector, golf launch monitor, lighting and more, while also standing and hitting inside of it.

Pro enclosures can max out at 123 inches tall by 240 inches wide and 240 inches deep. They can be made to order in our home state of Wisconsin.

You can check out the size difference in this real world application

Need more comparison information on our golf simulator enclosures? Get in touch with our expert customer service team.


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