Measuring your Space for an Indoor Golf Simulator

Garages. Basements. Attics. Spare rooms. We've seen customers fit a golf simulator pretty much everywhere.

But, how do you measure for a golf simulator? It's a question we get asked a lot. Here are some tips on how to measure your space for an indoor golf simulator, from your friends at Carl’s Place.

First things first, you need to know how much space is usually needed for a golf simulator.

The Basics of Measuring your Space for an Indoor Golf Simulator

1. Height

Simple. You have to have enough room to comfortably swing your golf club. And then, any requirements for your launch monitor, but we'll get to that in just a bit.

How tall do ceilings need to be for a golf simulator?

The average golfer needs a 9-10’ ceiling to golf indoors. Otherwise, you and your club will suffer. Depending on your height, arm length, and club length you might be comfortable in less. Carl's Place's shortest enclosure is 7.7' tall, which fits an 8' ceiling height.

With a shorter ceiling, you won't be able to swing a driver. But, practicing with your shorter irons is better than nothing!

Carl’s Tip: Take your longest golf club to the space you want to use for your golf simulator. Take a few practice swings. You’ll quickly be able to tell whether the height available is going to work for you. If you can swing easily, without modifying how you swing, the space should work.

2. Width

The swing area to the left and right of the tee is also important. If you have both right and left-handed friends, a wider space lets both golf easily.

How wide should my golf simulator be?

Generally speaking, give yourself at least 9-10’. But, ultimately just make sure you have enough room to swing without hitting a wall. If you'll have both right and left-handed golfers using your sim, make sure there's room on both sides. If that's the case, 12’ total is good, and 15’ or more is ideal.

3. Depth

Easily one of the most debated topics for golf simulators is how much depth you need. The ideal depth includes:

  1. Space from the tee to the impact screen
  2. Buffer space behind the screen
  3. Room to safely swing

How deep should my golf simulator be?

At least 15'. Here's how we get that. Your impact screen should be 12-16” away from the wall behind it. Then, it's a best practice to place your tee 10-15' away from the impact screen. Lastly, make sure you have enough room behind the tee to swing easily.

In total, that's at least 15' deep is ideal for a golf simulator room.

Carl’s Tip: Having enough depth is an important factor in reducing impact screen bounceback.

Now, you can DIY a golf simulator that fits all of these requirements. Or, you can use an enclosure kit. Carl's Place sells 2 main types. One for home golf simulators. One for high-end or commercial setups.

Either way, you'll get an easy to install, easy to fit golf simulator. Sounds fantastic, right? Here's some extra help on how to choose the best enclosure size.

How much room do you need for a golf simulator?

It's all about your swing. Many golfers feel good golfing in a 10'H x 10'W x 12'D golf simulator. Some fit golf simulators into a more compact space, but most indoor golfers go larger. A space up to 12'W and 15'D lets you move and swing more freely.

Also, before you buy, read the directions. Yep, we said it.

Get to the launch monitor page. Open that user manual. Check the setup and space needs. You'll thank us later.

Let’s look at the requirements for two different Uneekor setups.

The Uneekor QED and Uneekor EYE XO mount overhead, above the tee. From either the ceiling or from your enclosure. The FlightScope Mevo+ sits on the ground behind the golfer. And the SkyTrak sits on the ground next to the golfer.


Golf Simulator Space Requirements

Uneekor QED Space Requirements

  1. Swing area: 13 Ft diameter with player in the center (Recommended)
  2. Ceiling height: 9-10.5 Ft (Required)
  3. Player’s distance from hitting screen: 12 Ft or more (Recommended)
Space requirements for Uneekor QED

Uneekor EYE XO Space Requirements

  1. Swing area: 13 Ft diameter with player in the center (Recommended)
  2. Ceiling height: 9-10.5 Ft (Required)
  3. Player’s distance from hitting screen: 12 Ft or more (Recommended)
Space requirements for Uneekor EYE XO

FlightScope Mevo+ Space Requirements

  1. Swing area: 13 Ft diameter with player in the center (Recommended)
  2. Ceiling height: 9-10.5 Ft (Optimal)
  3. Player’s distance from hitting screen: 12 Ft or more (Recommended)
Space requirements for Mevo+

SkyTrak Space Requirements

  1. Swing area: 13 Ft diameter with player in the center (Recommended)
  2. Ceiling height: 9-10.5 Ft (Optimal)
  3. Player’s distance from hitting screen: 12 Ft or more (Recommended)

Takeaway: SkyTrak is great for small spaces and low ceilings.

Space requirements for SkyTrak

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The Wrap Up

If you skimmed this article, (no offense taken) here's the takeaway. If you want a golf simulator to fit your space right, you've got to measure right. Follow our advice for height, width and depth. And don't forget to check the specs of the launch monitor you choose.

Check out our other golf simulator buying guides: Best Golf SimulatorsBest Projectors | Top Golf Simulator Questions | Best Golf Hitting Mats | $3k Budget Golf Simulator | $5k Budget Golf Simulator | $10k Budget Golf Simulator | $20k Budget Golf Simulator | Best Golf Simulator Enclosure Size | Best Golf Screen Size