Simple Tips to Care For Your Indoor Golf Simulator

Now that you have made the investment in a golf simulator for your home or business, you’ll need to maintain it so looks and performs like new. Your manufacturer will have the proper recommendations for their systems, and you should always follow the directions per their instructions. Each simulator on the market is different and although the simulators are similar there are still significant differences in the care of the units.

Control the Dust!

Always demand players use clean clubs! If you allow players to use clubs that are even a little dirty, all that dirt will end up on and around your simulator. Dirt and dust don’t mix with computer and sensors. Dust can be a huge problem for your system, especially in commercial settings. I have a set of showroom clubs that I have available for player to use, I will wipe these clubs down with a wet rag about once a month, just to control the dust. I have my players wipe down their clubs every time they play just to eliminate as much dirt as possible. Even if a club looks clean, it might have a little dirt in the groves of the club; this dirt will end up on your simulator within a few strokes.

The same goes for the golf balls, I only let players use house balls (which are new, never used outside) or new balls that I inspect before they play. If a ball has a few scuff marks on it, when the ball hits the screen it can worsen friction burns on the screen or even damage the screen over time. You want to keep an eye on the balls being used, over time they can crack or even break, while being used on a simulator.

I recommend eliminating as much dirt as possible (describe above) before the players set foot on the simulator. I would dust around the computer, once a week and I would also vacuum the area where the ball is struck by the player at least once a week. If you are running a commercial golf center, I would recommend doing these tasks every day.

Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for cleaning the projector. Making sure the lens of the projector is clear of debris; can greatly extend the life of the projector bulb, which is very expensive to replace. Most projector manufacturers won’t warranty the bulb at all. So, preventative maintenance for your projector may save you hundreds even thousands of dollars over time.

Keeping your Sensor Area Clean!

All golf simulators use some type of sensor technology to track and interpret the data, to insure good results your sensors must be clean. Again each manufacturer will offer the proper way to clean the sensors, but an easy tip is to keep the area free of debris. Often tiny pieces of the turf will break off and over time this can block or disrupt a sensor. If you have a camera based system, make sure nothing is in view of the camera’s path. Even a small pebble can cause a misread by a camera based simulator. My advice vacuum often and keep all your sensors as clean as possible.

Screen Maintenance:

Friction burns will occur on most simulators. This is when the golf ball hits the screen and makes a small mark. You can help to minimize these balls marks by keeping your screen clean. Contact your manufacturer for tips on cleaning their screen. Many of the screens you can just wipe down with a damp cloth (not a paper towel), to remove dust and dirt. Please contact your manufacturer before using any water; some screens will be damaged by the use of water. If it has been a while since you have cleaned your screen you will be surprised with all the dust and dirt that comes off on your cloth.

If you follow these simple tips, it can help to extend the life and reliability of your simulator.

Golf Simulator Projection Screens – Finding the Perfect Simulator For Indoor Golf

Golf is a game that many people play for leisure, although not everyone has the time to actually play it in a real course or a driving range at the very least. This is where golf simulator projection screens enter the picture. This special system recreates a golf course atmosphere to allow golf enthusiasts to play the sport inside the comforts of their own homes or offices.

Benefits of using golf simulator projection screens

The main benefit of using a golf simulator device is convenience. Golfers can swing and putt all they want without driving out to golf courses, paying green fees, and worrying about tee times. Moreover, there is no playing pressure so the golfer can work at his or her own pace.

Golf simulators are also highly convenient for golfers, professional or otherwise, who live in the city where the nearest courses are miles away. These golfers can use a simulator so they can keep up with their practices without having to travel far.

Buying tips

Purchasing a golf stimulator requires certain considerations such personal budget and available house or office space. Personal budget must be taken into account because golf simulators come in a variety of price ranges. Prices of golf simulators depend on the size of the unit, with the priciest selling for several thousand dollars and the most affordable costing a few hundreds. The more expensive ones require a special room and come with their own software programs that are able to project images of various golf courses from around the globe and to calculate players’ data. These advanced systems also have their own golf stimulator projection screens, projectors, infrared clubs, swing arm controller, and Styrofoam golf balls.

On the other hand, the cheaper varieties work much like computer games. These maybe plugged into a game console or computer and do not feature their own software for projecting images.

Start Up Costs of an Indoor Golf Center

Running an indoor golf business involves creating a facility where golfers play rounds on a golf simulator that projects an image of a course and uses sophisticated sensors to depict the real shot in a virtual environment. There are many of these businesses existence, and most are in colder climates.

If you are considering opening an indoor golf center, success turns on 4 basic items:

  • How well you manage start up costs
  • How fully you keep simulators rented
  • Prospects for add on revenues from food and beverage, merchandise or lessons
  • How well you control operational costs

Depending on the size of your facility and the amenities, start up costs can be significant. Many indoor golf centers start small and grow as they see their revenues grow. Others take a decidedly more ambitious approach and build a premium facility from the start. Choose a path that makes sense for you, your budget and matches your clientele.

One of the major expenses will include the cost of the golf simulators. For a commercial operation, these can run as little as $15,000 or as much as $60,000. Price will depend on a host of factors, software features, number of courses and size of the system. Some facilities mix the simulators, purchasing several basic ones and one or two high end systems. This enables them to offer premium services without the extra start up expense.

Another start up expense will be your facility costs. In most cases, facilities will be leases, but a few do chose to buy / build a facility. In the event you are doing a commercial lease, there will likely be build out expenses to suit your specific design. It may make sense to get help from a commercial real estate pro to help you negotiate these as part of your lease.

The types of complimentary services you chose offer will drive other start up expenses. If you are going to do food and beverage, you will have a few other costs. Licensing for food and beverage will be one such expense. Building out a kitchen will be another. Even a low end kitchen with used equipment will run over $20,000. Don’t forget about marketing, recruiting, website, network and signage expenses.

Take a look at all your expenses and figure out which ones are the keys to your success. Be sure to get the right equipment on the items that are critical to your success and perhaps defer those that are not as critical until after you have a strong revenue stream.