How much space do you need for a Golf Simulator? (Golf simulator dimensions)

How much space do you need for a golf simulator? What are the minimum golf simulator dimensions? What height does a golf simulator need? All of these are legitimate questions when it comes to choosing a space for a golf simulator.

You don't want to be forking out some serious cash on a simulator only to find out that the room or space you had in mind doesn't work. We have seen guys go by the manufacturers recommendations and then discover that their space is WAY too small. Let's not fall into that costly trap!

To build a golf simulator, you need a space that measures AT MINIMUM 12 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 9 feet high. Larger rooms or spaces are always better. You're going to need 15 feet of width to enjoy a central aim. You could require more length, width, or height depending on your physical height and swing, your launch monitor, and your impact screen setup.

jim and his skytrak setup

SkyTrak set up in a garage

How much Room Length do I need for a Golf Simulator?

You need at least 12 feet (3.05m) in length for your simulator. Within this length you will need to have:

  • Hitting mat
  • Space for your swing with a driver
  • Space for the ball to travel off the club
  • Room for your net/screen
  • Room for your projector (if needed)
  • Space for your net/screen to take the impact of the golf ball without it hitting a wall behind (Pro tip)

Yes, you can have a set up with 10-12 feet but I don't recommend this length. You won't be able to swing with a longer club length and there will be no room behind the net. People often forget about this space behind the net/screen until they hit their first shot and the ball comes rocketing back at them off the wall. Not great.

If you're using a projector, you will need in excess of 12 feet for sure. Some short throw projectors like the BenQ MW632ST WXGA can give you decent sized image from as little as 5ft, but I wouldn't want to test it out!

What if my room isn't long enough?

If your room or space isn't long enough for you to swing your longest club, you have a decision to make. Do you bite the bullet and limit your self to swinging shorter clubs only, or do you find a space which has better golf simulator dimensions.

From experience, the last thing you want to happen is for your swing to change because you're practicing in a cramped area. That's no the point of having an indoor golf simulator is it? You want to pick up any golf club and comfortably swing it and be able to practice like you're playing outside.

Another consideration with a small golf simulator room size is that it will reduce the amoubt of bells and whistles and added features you might have want to add. Yes, having a small simulator is arguably better than no simulator, but be aware that a small simulator space will limit your ability to set up cameras to record your swing and put up mirrors for training purposes etc.

What impact does room length have on equipment?

Net and impact screen

A smaller golf simulator room means you are going to need a high quality impact screen or net that won't deform much when the ball hits. trust me on this, you really do not want the ball ricocheting backward and hitting you in the nether regions or knee caps.

Projector

A shorter simulator space means you have to carefully choose your projector. DO NOT MESS THIS UP. You're going to need a short throw projector. This is a special projector designed to work in a smaller room and still provide a good quality picture.

A small space also means you're going to have to think carefully about projector placement. You don't want to hit your projector with your swing. You also don't want your own shadow on the screen blocking out the view of the course.

My preferred short throw projector is the BenQ MW632ST WXGA.

Here is a really good website to help with projector calculations. Choose your project and throw distance and the calculator will do the rest, telling you how big your image will be. Like I said before don't mess this up. Take your time and use all of the resources available to make the correct decision.

High end radar based simulators like TrackMan and ShotScope require a longer space. The TrackMan website states the TrackMan4 needs a minimum distance from radar to net of 16ft (18ft for the TrackMan3e). I would go on the side of caution and allow 10-20% more than this to be safe.

phil home setup skytrak and screens

Note the width of this simulator set up. It's taking up nearly a whole double garage and there is plenty of room. 

How much room width do I need for a golf simulator?

Having a wide enough space for your simulator build might be even more important than room length. Why? You need to have enough space to swing your driver or the longest club without hitting the walls in front or behind you. The minimum room width I'd recommend having for a golf simulator build is 10ft (3.05m).

What if my room is too narrow?

If your golf simulator space is too narrow you'll end up with these problems:

  • You can't swing your longer clubs (driver, 3 wood, 5 wood etc.) at all
  • You can swing your longer clubs BUT you end up set up with the ball (and simulator) tucked up against a wall. This means when setting up to hit a straight shot at the screen you'll be aiming at the far right of the screen (for a right-hander). To aim at the centre of the screen you'd effectively have to aim left. This isn't going to produce a good practice environment.

What impact does room width have on Simulator equipment?

If you can swing a club in the space you have, your simulator will still work BUT!

You could be hampered by not being able to aim properly and having to swing in a slightly awkward way. Not good.

You may have to purchase a smaller screen than initially planned for but if you factor this in before you buy then you'll be just fine. A narrow room might also limit the mats you can buy, as the premium ones tend to be on the larger side.Your room width shouldn't have an affect your netting or blackout curtains. Just make sure you get the right size for the space.

Will you be using your simulator for both lefties and righties?

One problem with a narrow room is that if you have everything set up perfectly for a right-handed golfer and then you move the simulator to the other side of the mat for a left-hander, then you'll find that you won't have space. You may hit your projector, you may find the left-hander is set up right at the left wall.

You might just get away with it or it might just have to ignore your left-handed friends. Sorry.

Achieving a proper aim (right down the middle) 

If you can't do this with a projector set up, you might as well not have a simulator. It's a deal breaker.

If you've ever been to a TrackMan range, you'll note how much they stress that you aim at the right marker in the distance. If not, every shot you hit will fee weird.

In your space, can you draw a straight line through the ball towards the impact screen, parallel to the mat, so that it hits the center of the screen?

To aim at the right (or left) of the screen means your target line will not be the target line displayed on your screen. The center line of your launch monitor's driving range will be well away from where you're aiming. 

To make sure you're aiming down the middle you need the hitting section of your mat directly in line with the middle of your screen.

Width here is key. Imagine that the projector and launch monitor are right up against a wall. How can you then aim to the side opposite to where the gear is set up? Sure you can move the line in the sim software, but that's a bit of a pain .

Can you offset the target line on a launch monitor?

Yes, usually. You can do this for Skytrak's driving range, and for the practice facilities of other launch monitors.

You can offset the centerline on the Skytrak driving range to accommodate those with target lines off to the side. This sort of solves the problem but isn't perfect. Other launch monitor software allow you to do this too.

This offset doesn't solve the off-center problem when using simulation software to play courses, such as WGT or TGC.

jason payne home skytrak

The pitched roof of this SkyTrak set up mean there's no worry about height

How much room height do I need for a golf simulator?

Height is comfortably the most important dimension when planning a golf simulator room. If your ceiling is too low for you to swing a club your simulator build journey ends here.

The minimum height you need for your simulator would be 8.5ft (2.59m) and a comfortable height would be more like 10ft.

I'm planning a post on what options you do have with limited height space. If you're taller and want to swing driver then you'll need more height than this. 

What if my room isn't tall enough?

You could say that you have quite a flat swing so you'll be okay. I would argue, however, that altering your swing or trying to maintain a sub-optimal swing plane to suit a small space is counterproductive and will not allow you to progress as a golfer.

You may need to find an alternative space or delay your simulator build until you're in a position to access a better space (eg you've moved house).

You could do a halfway solution. If you have just under the required space for your driver swing then why not have a simple hitting bay set up where you practice your wedges and irons. This would include an enclosure, mat, and netting. You can get cheaper simulator hardware that tells you the carry distance of your shots (rather than being a full simulator).

This way you could improve your game at home still rather than giving up your simulator journey completely. You can even add extra ‘swing studio features' such as mirrors, cameras, and swing video computer software. 

What impact does the room height have on equipment?

You will still need an enclosure and netting for an irons and wedges hitting bay. The enclosure will have to be an appropriate height if you're buying a ready-to-build enclosure. Again, if you're building using metal piping or similar materials you can size it appropriately.

You won't need a projector for this setup, or a screen. Your mat will not change. You can save on the simulator and either have a very simple hitting bay or add in a piece of kit that tells you your carry distance. There are GPS systems that have a launch monitor feature included, whilst stopping short of being a full golf simulator.

What are the minimum ‘ideal' dimensions for a golf simulator?

We've talked about the absolute minimum room dimensions for a golf simulator at the start of this article. You could say that the ideal dimensions for a golf simulator would be one with unlimited space. Not many people have a garage the size of an aircraft hanger though.

The dimensions you'll need for a comfortable space are:

  • 18ft long
  • 10ft high
  • 15ft wide (if used for right and left-handed golfers)
  • (13ft wide if used for either right or left-handed golfers

A space at least this big will allow you to avoid the problems listed above with rooms too short, narrow and not tall enough.

  • You should be able to take a full swing with your driver and not feel any anxiety about hitting a wall or ceiling.
  • There should have room to mount your projector and achieve your desired image size on your screen without issue.
  • You should be able to address your ball so that your target line is in the very center of your hitting bay, extending to the center of your impact screen.
  • All your equipment should work in the space you've set up (double check this if you're buying a high-end simulator).
hitting screen projector mevo plus

This home set up has everything you would need from a high end fitting studio. 

Do you have room for anything else in your simulator room?

What about mirrors and swing cameras?

I believe the perfect golf simulator doubles up as a swing studio. I'd like to be able to record my swing from several angles, see my swing with well-positioned mirrors, and have room for a computer to run my simulator software. Having these items will feed into your length and width considerations. 

What about space for seats and other items?

My perfect golf simulator would also double up as a home theatre for watching movies. It would be warm enough (not a draughty garage) and have some comfortable chairs that I could move into position when not using the simulator itself.

You could even add a bar for when your mates come over for rounds on the simulator.

Such items are definitely not essential and if you only have room for the simulator in your space that is totally fine.

Cheaper options for restricted space

  1. A hitting bay without the simulator – a cheaper option all round. You could add a GPS/launch monitor which will allow you to hone in your wedge and iron carry distances. 
  2. An Iron and wedge only simulator bay if you're restricted on one or more of height, width, and length

Conclusion – How much space do you need for a Golf Simulator? 

I hope this article has answered some of your questions about the required dimensions for your golf simulator.

Please follow these steps to assess your space needs. 

  1. Swing your driver at the driving range and get a friend to photograph you. Make the highest swing you can. Make the flattest/widest swing you can. Then use the photo to try and see how high up the range your club goes. I went to a bay next to the driving range wall with slats on the wall. I saw which slat related to my club by looking at the photo. Then I used a tape measure to see how high this was. You can do the same with width if you address the ball on the mat then use any floor markings to see how wide you go. This will give you your height and width absolute minimums. 
  2. Once you're progressing with the planning of your simulator, visit https://www.projectorcentral.com/projection-calculator-pro.cfm to work out whether your proposed projector and proposed projector position will give you your desired image size on your impact screen.

Last Updated on August 3, 2022 by Matt