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 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”.

Deciding Factors:

  • Room Space
  • Buffer Space
  • Actual Frame Dimensions
  • Height and Accuracy of the Golfers
  • Aspect Ratio

What size Golf Simulator Enclosure do I need?

Our most popular golf screen solutions are our full enclosures because it takes the guesswork out of building a golf simulator. If you do not want to start from scratch, we highly recommend one of our kits. We have two models: the DIY Enclosure Kit and the Pro Enclosure Kit.

Carl’s Tip: We recommend getting the biggest enclosure that will fit the space you have available as your main priority, for safety reasons. Secondarily, match the aspect ratio of the projector if and when space allows.

Before we get started, we have three golf impact screen materials to solve every need; Standard, Preferred and Premium.

Deciding Factor #1:  How much space do you have available in your golf simulator room?

The most import 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 set up, such as; doors, carpet, turf, pipes, soffits, garage door openers and rails, etc.

  • 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
    • A minimum of 98-inches tall and 100-inches wide of space is recommended
    • And a minimum of 19-20 feet of depth is preferable for safety reasons

Carl’s Tip: For the safety of both the golfer and the screen we recommend standing a minimum of 12-15 feet away from the screen. Please do not stand closer than 10-11 feet away from the screen. Customers who stand closer will experience bounce back and increase the risk of injury.

Deciding Factor #2:  How much buffer space will I need?

It is important to account for some buffer space, as you do not want the impact screen or enclosure touching any windows, walls, or cars, etc. To find the largest size that will fit the space you have available:

  • Subtract 2-3-inches from the height you have available and
  • Subtract 4-6-inches from the width you have available (2-3 inches per side)

Carl’s Tip: Place your golf simulator enclosures a minimum of 12-16 inches away from the wall behind the impact screen itself.

Deciding Factor #3:  What are the actual frame dimensions of the kits?

Now that you have mastered the first two deciding factors consult the product page specifications tab for the actual frame dimensions. NOTE:  The listing size is closer to the screen size, but the actual frame is larger.

Find the Actual Frame Dimensions by Clicking Specifications > View Specs > Aspect Ratio

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.

The DIY Kit comes in 5 or 10′ deep options, while the Pro Kit comes in 5, 10, 15 or 20′ options.

Deciding Factor #5:  What is aspect ratio?

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.

What are black masking bars? Think … “this film has been modified to fit your TV”. When a film has not been modified to fit your TV screen you see black bars at the top and bottom or left and right of your screen.

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.

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 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 sizes? 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.

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

That’s it. You are now an expert. Go forth and select a size with confidence!