How to Choose the Best Golf Simulator Enclosure Size

Are you planning to install a golf simulator in your home or commercial facility, but you are not sure what size to get? No problem! We will make it easy for you to find the best golf simulator enclosure size by breaking down the five biggest deciding factors.

 

In this article, we discuss our full enclosures, but if you only need the golf screen itself read our article “How to Select the Best Golf Screen Size”.

 

Let’s break down the five biggest deciding factors to choose the best golf simulator size:

  1. Room Space

  2. Buffer Space

  3. Enclosure Dimensions

  4. Height and Accuracy of the Golfers

  5. Aspect Ratio

Golf simulator with deep enclosure
Big or small, we make them all! What size golf simulator is right for you?
You know you want a golf simulator, but can't quite figure out what size to choose.

Usually, when we talk to golfers who aren't sure which golf enclosure will fit their room, they end up using one of our full golf simulator enclosure kits. Many customers like the ease of the DIY Enclosure Kit, because it takes the guesswork out of building a golf simulator. You don't have to start from scratch, sizing and building a home golf simulator.

Carl's Place Golf Enclosure Kits give you easy measurements to figure out the best golf simulator size for your room. But, what size golf simulator fits in your room? Here's how to figure it out.

Deciding Factor #1: Room Space

How much space do you have available in your golf simulator room?

The most important thing you must do is take measurements of the space where you plan to put the golf screen and account for anything that may interfere with your setup, such as; doors, carpet, turf, pipes, soffits, garage door openers and rails, etc.

Carl’s Tip: Take out your clubs and do a few test swings or tape the enclosure dimensions on your floor for a visual. You'll want to make sure you have enough room to comfortably swing. For most customers, we don't recommend going smaller than 96" high or 100" wide.

  • What is the height floor to ceiling of your available space?
  • What is the width left to right of your available space?
  • What is the depth of the space in front of and behind the golfer?

We recommend getting the biggest enclosure that will fit your space. 

For the safety of both the golfer and the screen, we recommend standing a minimum of 10-12 feet away from the screen. Please do not stand closer than 10 feet from the screen. Customers who stand closer will experience bounce back and increase the risk of injury.

Deciding Factor #2: Buffer Space

How much buffer space do you need for a golf simulator?

It is important to account for some buffer space around the golf simulator, both during installation and use. You wouldn't want the impact screen or enclosure touching any windows, walls, or cars, etc.

Here's how to find the largest golf simulator dimensions for the room:

  • Golf Simulator Height
    • Give yourself an absolute minimum of 2-3 inches buffer space from the height you have available. Note: for the Carl's Place Pro Golf Enclosure Kit: it will make installation of your golf enclosure so much easier if you allow closer to 6-7 inches ceiling buffer space.
  • Golf Simulator Width
    • Subtract 4-6-inches from the width you have available (2-3 inches per side)
  • Golf Simulator Depth
    • You want to have enough room to place your golf simulator enclosure a minimum of 12-16 inches away from the wall behind the impact screen itself.
Plus, make sure to pay attention to the space requirements of your launch monitor.

Deciding Factor #3: Actual Enclosure Dimensions

Now that you have mastered the first two deciding factors consult the golf enclosures product page for the actual enclosure dimensions. You'll notice three main terms of measurements when we talk about golf simulators.

  1. Viewable Screen - the area of the screen that can be filled with a projected image
  2. Total Screen Size - the viewable screen plus the finished edges and trim
  3. Enclosure Size - the width of the frame that holds your golf screen
    Diagram of measurements for a golf simulator screen
  4. Okay, fine! There is one more term we use, listing size. The listing size is the customer-friendly measurement we use with our most popular size golf simulator enclosures.
    • For example, our 9'x12' enclosures. Such a nice short measurement. But if you're tight on space, you have to pay attention to the exact enclosure size. For the DIY Enclosure, a 9'x12's full enclosure width is slightly larger, at 9.33'x12.19'. But that just doesn't look as nice. So make sure to check out the specifications table in the Resources section of our DIY Enclosures and Pro Enclosures.

Note: Each one of our enclosures is made to order by who we consider to be the best sewing staff in the world. Because of our hands-on process, please allow for slight variances.

 

Deciding Factor #4: Height and Accuracy of the Golfers

For golfers with limited space, darker environment and predictable accuracy consider a shallower depth enclosure. Or for additional protection of your surroundings and to shade the screen from ambient light, creating a brighter image, consider a deeper enclosure.

 

Deciding Factor #5: Aspect Ratio

Aspect ratio simply refers to the shape of the image being projected. When the ratio of the projector and the screen match, the image fills the entire screen and you will not see black masking bars.

The 4:3 is often more common for golf simulators because it allows you to go taller, giving you more room to swing, without needing a wider room. This ratio has the shape of a CRT TV.

Aspect ratio of a golf simulator enclosure

If space allows the 16:9 is great for 4K and HD images, but it also means you will need a minimum of 14 feet of available width. This ratio has the shape of a flat screen TV.

The 16:10 is an aspect ratio mostly used for computer displays and tablet computers. These days it is somewhat uncommon for projection, but with some effort it should be possible to find a projector capable of this ratio.

The 1:1 is a square and is not a standard ratio, but may work if space is limited, although it increases the chances of seeing black bars.  If your enclosure is a square, use a projector capable of a 4:3 aspect ratio to maximize the image.

You will also see “other or non-standard”. These golf screen sizes help to fill the space you have available for safety but are also not standard ratios, meaning the image will not fill the screen. This does not hurt the screen, it is only a matter of if you want to see blank space. Learn more about aspect ratio.

Carl’s Tip: Did you know we can also make custom size golf simulators? Just keep in mind, if you are trying to maintain a standard aspect ratio, if we change the height then we also must change the width (and vice versa) to maintain the shape. Remember aspect ratio is in reference to the shape.

 

That’s it. You are now an expert. Go forth and choose the best golf simulator enclosure size with confidence!

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For more great information check out our articles: “Troubleshooting Bounce Back Tips” and “How to Extend the Life of Your Golf Screen”.DIY Golf Simulator Enclosures