Where to Build a Golf Simulator Room – 7 Best Locations

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Location is the first decision to make when planning a golf simulator. Each possible room or location has attached benefits and drawbacks. We discuss each in detail in this article.

Here is a list of 7 choices of golf simulator location available to you, alongside 10 key considerations that inform this decision:

Golf Simulator LocationsKey Considerations
Internal Room Inside the HomeSpace Dimensions
ShedLighting Setup
Garden Room or CabinHeating Setup
Renting a SpacePower, Sockets and Internet
Outdoor SetupsNoise and Soundproofing
Security and Insurance
Construction and Planning Permission
Dedicated Space vs Alternative Uses

By the end of this article you will understand the advantages and disadvantages of seven golf simulator build locations, and know the factors to consider when deciding where to build your own simulator setup.

Where To Build A Golf Simulator

Key Criteria for your Golf Simulator Room

Space – Golf Simulator Room Dimensions

The first requirement for a golf simulator room is adequate space. This is both the most obvious criterion but also usually the most problematic for golfers.

Here are the minimum space dimensions required to build a golf simulator, alongside the recommended dimensions you’ll need to enjoy a golf simulator without major space constraints:

Size of SpaceRoom LengthRoom WidthRoom Height
Minimum Space for a Golf Simulator12 feet10 feet8.5 feet
Recommended Space for a Golf Simulator18 feet15 feet10 feet

Ceiling height is often the hardest obstacle to tackle for golfers thinking about the space they have and whether they can accommodate a simulator setup.

Basements, sheds, and internal rooms within the home tend to have modest ceiling heights of between 7 and 9 feet, which for most people is too little to safely and effectively swing a golf club.

Many people then turn their attention to the garage where ceiling height may be more plentiful, those with double garages will enjoy enough room width and height too.

Single garages may force a narrow golf simulator room setup, which whilst not perfect, does allow a simulator to be built where there is no other option.

How Much Space

Remember that the room dimensions required for each golf simulator will be individual to that golfer and their swing. Some golfers are taller, some shorter, some have wide swings, and some have narrow ones.

There are specific considerations to make with regard to the distance from your golf ball to the impact screen. Room length is a combination of:

  • tee-to-screen distance (how far the ball has to fly before striking the screen or net)
  • ball-to-back-wall distance (the distance you have to comfortably swing and any items behind you)
  • 12-16 inches behind the impact screen (a distance that allows for deformation of the screen material)

Your choice of where to address the ball within the space is a decision that affects many other parts of a simulator build, from projector choice and mounting position to launch monitor accuracy.

Room length is usually not the space issue that stops a golfer from building a simulator in their home, but it may restrict your choice of launch monitor. Some radar

Check out my dedicated articles all about tee-to-screen distance and minimum ceiling height for golf simulator rooms.

Distance From Screen
Minimum Ceiling Height

Access to your Golf Simulator Room

The ideal here is that you can access the golf simulator space from an internal door from the home, whether it be a room within the home or an attached garage or downstairs into a basement.

I can not stress enough the benefits of having easy access to your golf simulator space. If you need to go outside down the garden in the cold, dark, and wet conditions of winter, or even drive to a rented space, you will use the simulator less, pretty much in every case.

It should be easy to decide to go and hit a few golf balls in your sim, not an effort. Easy access to the room from the home is, therefore, a big point to consider.

A dedicated space

When you plan your golf simulator space, consider the following questions:

  • Will you be completely dedicating your space to your golf simulator?
  • Do you want to combine the space with a home theatre, bar area, gym, office, or other activity?
  • Are you looking for a retractable golf simulator setup that you can assemble and disassemble in a short space of time?

A golf simulator space can be even better if combined with one of the above activities, as long as you have the space and access. To add a home theatre, bar area, office or other use, you’ll need to ensure you have the following:

  • Adequate heating
  • A wired electrical supply and enough power sockets
  • Internet access/wifi coverage (a potential difficulty for outdoor rooms and detached sheds and garages).
  • Chairs and furniture
  • Extra thought should be given to your lighting setup
  • Security, particularly for detached garages, sheds, outdoor rooms, and cabins
  • Even plumbing for a bar (not essential)


You may have identified a budget that you will spend on making golf simulator dream become a reality. With any large project there are always occult costs that you don’t think about initially. Consider the following questions:

  • Does it include room preparation measures with money allocated for heating, lighting, and electrical needs? You may even need to replaster a wall or alter a window or a door.
  • Heating issues will cost money, whether it be adding ceiling insulation or operating a portable heater. The costs could be small or large depending on the space you choose. You’ll spend more heating an outdoor cabin in winter in Scotland or Minnesota than you will any space in Arizona for example.
  • Similarly, lighting will cost more money if you need an electrician to do some wiring work, compared to adding a new lamp or strip of LEDs here and there.
  • Golfers who haven’t thought about security, alarms, CCTV, and gadget insurance should think about making room on the budget list for protecting their new expensive hobby room. Again, costs will be increased when you protect a detached external space, separate from the home.
  • You may also spend some money trying to soundproof your space.
  • Conversely, the costs associated with these measures, particularly the construction of an external space, may add to the value of your property, saving you money in the long run.

As always with a golf simulator build, remember that you can start small and upgrade over time. If you need to put a lot of the current budget into room alterations or costs that you didn’t initially forsee, at least you’ll get to the point where you can swing a club. You can add the GC Quad later!

Heating your Golf Simulator Room

A cold golf simulator is a setup that will be under-utilized. The urge to practice, to work on your strike, to play some courses even to just chip and putt will come less frequently and with less urgency if you have to brave the cold.

Think about insulating your space, particularly if you have a draughty roof space or if you’re building a room from scratch. A golf simulator is already expensive without needing to constantly heat (and allowing easy heat loss from) your golf simulator room.

You can learn lots more about the heating considerations for a golf simulator room in my dedicated article here.

Golf Simulator Heating

Power Sockets and Internet Coverage

Full-setup traditional golf simulator builds, which include an image projected onto an impact screen, will require an electrical supply. This is a big point for builds that will be located away from the house, such as outdoor rooms/cabins, sheds, and detached garages.

You will need numerous power sockets in your golf simulator.

Power sockets will be required for your:

  • Projector
  • Launch Monitor (if used in a fixed position or for charging)
  • Golf Simulator PC (or charging a tablet)
  • Any televisions or monitors
  • Charging cameras and other equipment
  • Portable lights
  • Portable heating equipment
  • Any other equipment you decide to combine with your simulator, such as fridges for bars.

I always recommend asking a certified electrician to do your wiring work and install extra sockets, this will ensure safety at installation and during use. I also suggest the avoidance of multiplug adapters for simulator equipment (unless you use those with quality components or from quality brands).

Alongside power supply, you need to think about the internet coverage in your space. You have the choice of using a wired setup via ethernet cable or a wireless network. Again, this is more difficult for builds in spaces outside the home.

If you are struggling with poor wifi coverage in your space then consider a wifi extender, which will connect to your weak signal, amplify and extend it. You will need internet in your golf simulator for using golf simulation programs and apps as well as other general computing needs.


Lighting in a golf simulator is important for the following reasons:

  • the look and aesthetics of the simulator (and how much you love your new creation)
  • the accuracy of the launch monitor (more important for camera-based launch monitors)
  • ensuring an optimal image is projected onto the impact screen (and that the screen doesn’t become washed out).
  • the adequate function of high-speed golf swing cameras (without frustrating flickering light during slow-motion swing analysis)

When you consider which room or space in which to build your golf simulator, think about the pre-existing lighting setup.

Is there a lot of ambient light flooding the room through windows, or is it completely dark with the lights off? Have you a robust electrical supply with ample sockets? Have you thought about decorative lights such as LEDs and wall lights?

Would you need an electrician to wire a new lighting setup in your simulator room? I recommend this in almost all cases unless you can use an existing lighting setup or rely only on portable lights.

You can read lots more about golf simulator lighting considerations in my dedicated article here.

Lighting In A Golf Simulator


Many golfers will need to keep and eye (and an ear) on the noise emanating from their simulator room.

It may be sleeping kids upstairs or neighbors through thin walls, but remember that there may be those nearby who won’t appreciate your amazing new creation as much as you do.

I suspect that the golfers who need to think about unwanted noise arising from their simulators already know about this, or someone will soon bring it up.

Golf-related noise is more of a problem for rooms and spaces attached to the home, rather than outdoor cabins, sheds, or detached garages. Conversely, spaces away from the main home may be more of an irritation if to others if you choose to play loud music.

Basements tend to have the most natural soundproofing and garages do okay in this department too.

You can take steps to soundproof your golf simulator, such as adding layers of insulation and making adjustments to the tension in your impact screen. Learn more about these steps in my dedicated article here.

Quiet Golf Simulator


I believe security and insurance should be on the minds of every golf simulator owner. You need to protect your golf simulator space, and the expensive equipment inside, against several potential hazards.

Fire, theft, accidental damage, flooding, and numerous other disasters could lead to the loss of your equipment. Your simulator setup may cost more than your car, so you should protect and insure it as such.

I recommend investing in security as a deterrent against theft (eg CCTV and alarm systems), perhaps extending a system you already have in the home to your garage or basement. This will need to be a whole new system if your simulator is based in a space away from the house (shed or cabin).

A robust and effective locking system is also recommended for any external doors.

Then take a look at gadget insurance, or specific item additions to your home insurance policy, in order to protect the individual expensive items against the above hazards.

The chance of these disasters happening will depend somewhat on the room you choose for your simulator.

Internal rooms, basements, and attached garages will be covered by your existing home security choices. Detached rooms, sheds, cabins, and garages will need particular consideration given to security.

Construction and Planning Permission

Golfers who don’t possess enough space within the main house structure may look to build a separate building within the boundary of their property, or perhaps make alterations to the home such as an extension or garage conversion.

I’ve even seen golfers who dig downwards beneath their garage in a pit in order to increase the height clearance above the prospective simulator floor. Some golfers are really focused on their goal of indoor golf!

Golf simulator locations that may require construction, surveying, professional advice, and planning permission include:

  • Home alterations such as extensions, conversions, and roof or floor changes
  • Detached buildings such as a new garage or cabin
  • Sheds over a certain size (permission usually required if over a certain height or within a defined proximity to the property boundary)
  • Outdoor setups if you plan on adding any construction work around it (eg a roof or covering)

Remember to always seek professional advice where planning and construction is concerned. Regulations will of course vary between country or state. I cover the UK-specific considerations on this topic more in this article, as it is a topic with which I’ve had experience.

Any construction work or planning advice or applications will cost money. This could be a large number too and could decimate your golf simulator budget, perhaps setting your goals back by the order of years.

Consider the hidden benefits too such as an increase in property value with an added detached garage for example. Whether the cost of such endeavors if worth it is an individual family decision.

Golf Simulator Room Options Compared

Living Room or Internal Room

Golf simulators based within an internal room in your house are the best option, as long as you have enough space and don’t need the room for alternative uses.

You need to have plenty of room within the home for all of your other living needs. Don’t go turning your single living room into a sim, your partner might not be too pleased!

Internal rooms benefit from immediate access, whenever you have the fleeting motivation to hit some balls on the virtual range. The space should already be covered by your home security system and insurance and there should be good internet coverage and a ready electrical supply.

Heating is a big plus point of a simulator within the home, you’ll generally be warmer than a garage setup for example as you can expect to lose less heat through draughts, benefit from better insulation and make use of the home’s central heating system.

Golfer Playing Golf On Uneekor Eye Xo 1024X1024

You also shouldn’t need to worry about construction work or planning issues unless you need to make alterations. This makes the whole setup cheaper in the long run.

Downsides include the fact that you would lose the space for other purposes such as entertaining guests, but I’d argue that you could entertain them in your simulator anyway!

Golf Simulator Inside the Home Pros
  • Immediate Access whenever you want to play indoor golf
  • Space already covered by your home security and insurance
  • Usually good electrical and internet coverage
  • Use the home heating system, usually better insulation too
  • No construction work required (unless you need to make alterations)
Golf Simulator Inside the Home Cons
  • Lose the space for other home uses (eg entertaining, 2nd reception room).
  • You need to have the family on board with your plan

Attached Garage

The specific issues associated with a garage golf simulator vary depending on whether the garage is attached to the house or a separate building. Some considerations are common between the two.

Attached Garage Golf Simulator Pros
  • Immediate access to the home
  • Can be a dedicated space, attached to the home, without giving up an internal room
  • Usually covered by the home’s internet coverage, security system and insurance
  • Could be a ready-to-use space without the need for additional expenditure on alterations
  • May be your only available space
Attached Garage Golf Simulator Cons
  • Cold – garages tend to have poor insulation and a large draught area around the door, meaning a lot of thought should go to heating.
  • Variable electrical supply – may need some extra sockets to be installed
  • Garage floors can easily become dusty
  • Variable sizes – garage width and ceiling height can be problematic, especially in single garages
  • You may have alternate uses for the garage (eg vehicle storage, DIY work or other hobbies)
  • Garage doors can interfere with a golf simulator

Detached Garage

You can see that there are numerous issues to contend with when turning a detached garage into a suitable golf simulator space.

Remember that you can start small. As long as you can make swings, you can start a basic golf simulator build with just a golf mat and a net and upgrade from there.

Garage Golf Simulator Pros
  • You can design a self contained golf simulator in its own dedicated space
  • A new detached garage build can add significant value to your property
Garage Golf Simulator Cons
  • Requires electrical supply, internet connection, security and adequate lighting. More work and expense will be required than a space attached to the home
  • Cold – a detached garage won’t be able to benefit from your home’s heating system at all so you’ll need an alternative means of heating the space
  • External to the home – means extra effort to go out to practice each time
  • A new detached garage build costs a lot of money, requires planning permission and takes time.
  • Garage floors can become dusty easily and garage doors can let out heat and get in the way of a golf swing
  • Variable sizes (with potential width and height constraints) unless being designed as a new build
Garage Golf Simulators


Not everyone has a basement, in fact, they are very uncommon in the UK where I live. If you do benefit from this space, they offer natural soundproofing, usually zero ambient light, and immediate access from the home, whilst being hidden from view upstairs.

Basements come in all shapes and sizes and some have structural supports in the middle of the room which can be problematic for a golf simulator setup. There are issues with damp and mold and you may have to alter the electrical wiring setup. I recommend a wifi extender or wired internet connection too.

Many people use their basement for storage so you’ll need somewhere to put all your stuff if you do decide to clear it out for golf purposes.

Basement Golf Simulator Pros
  • Natural Soundproofing
  • Immediate access to the home
  • A useful lack of natural ambient light
  • Benefits from the home security system, insurance and heating system
Basement Golf Simulator Cons
  • Variable basement sizes, particularly ceiling height
  • There may be poorly placed support posts
  • Potential for damp
  • There may not be an existing wiring setup
  • Wifi coverage may be poor (easily fixed with a wifi extender)
  • Golfers in many countries outside the US may be unlikely to own a home with a basement
Basement Golf Simulator

Garden Rooms

This type of space shares many similarities with a detached garage, though it does not have to be constructed from bricks and mortar. Some cabins are made from wood or composite materials.

In the UK, it is increasingly common to see people add a garden room, garden office, or other detached space at the end of their garden.

As a new construction, garden rooms and cabins are expensive, require planning permission, and take time to build. They’ll need an electrical supply, internet connection, adequate insulation, security, heating, and a lighting setup.

Garden Room

They can cost tens of thousands of dollars but do give you a new space and add value to the property.

These buildings are distinct from garages though as they tend to have specific uses, don’t accommodate vehicles, and have a standard external door with better insulation than a garage does. Garden rooms tend to be defined as an extension of your living space rather than outdoor storage.

Garden Room Golf Simulator Pros
  • A new space to extend your living space
  • High quality, tend to be a luxury option compared to a garage or shed
  • Adds value to the property
  • New builds can be designed from scratch with custom dimensions and designs (assuming planning approval granted)
Garden Room Golf Simulator Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Require planning permission and professional advice to build
  • Require an electrical supply, internet access, heating solutions, lighting setups, insurance, and their own security system (all are separate from the systems in the main home)
  • Existing builds may not have adequate headspace or room width


Golf simulator sheds are definitely an option if you don’t have the space within your home but do have some outdoor space. Consider them alongside detached garages and garden rooms as some of the same issues affect golf simulator sheds too.

Sheds will be cheaper than more robust options such as garden rooms, but this also means they’re likely to have issues with cold and need a good security setup.

You’ll face the same planning and regulatory issues with a golf simulator shed as you will with the construction of an external building made of bricks and mortar. Usually, problems relate to height and proximity to the property boundary.

The height of a shed (and any other building with an apex roof) can be divided into the apex and eaves. Planning regulations will be specific for each of these heights.

Ideally, your golf simulator shed will have eaves that are high enough for your golf simulator ceiling height (eg 10ft), but in reality, this is often unrealistic.

The peak height of your golf swing may need to exist in the center of the shed going up into the roof towards the apex. This is less of an issue with increasing shed width.

Golf Simulator Shed Pros
  • A fantastic option for those without an adequate space inside the home
  • Cheaper to build than other external spaces
  • Alterations may also be cheaper.
Golf Simulator Shed Cons
  • Your shed must be big enough (ceiling height is usually the sticking point)
  • Your shed will require insulation and/or heating, electrical supply, internet connection, security, lighting and electrical setup (this can be expensive and cumbersome).
  • Detachment from the home means it is extra effort to go out for a practice session (a bigger effect than it seems)
  • A new shed over a certain height and near a property boundary will need planning approval (regulations depending where you live)
  • Sheds are potentially more vulnerable to security issues than garages and garden rooms.
  • Cold – unless you have excellent insulation, sheds are likely to be colder than alternative outdoor spaces
Golf Simulator Shed

Renting a Space

Do you not have an adequate room in your house, ready-to-go garage, or the space to build a new simulator shed outside. There are still options. You could rent a space and build a golf simulator there. But what kind of space?

Look for a spaces termed workshops, workspaces or small industrial units. The type of units that are commercially let to small businesses. These will probably have the width and height you’re looking for, and also are likely to benefit from existing security and electrical supply.

You will probably have to check the terms to make sure the owners are happy for a golf setup to go inside. Some units will offer internet access and some won’t. You won’t be able to alter the space (eg add sockets or new lights) without express permission.

This option is expensive when you look at the monthly cost that a rental would entail. However, it would be cheaper (at least in the short term) than spending thousands on a new golf simulator cabin out in the garden.

It’s a great option if you want a golf simulator build in the short to medium term, if you intend to move house for example. You can then take your simulator components with you.

Rent a Golf Simulator Space Pros
  • A ready-made space option for those without adequate space at home
  • Likely to have existing electrical and security facilities
  • No large up-front cost
  • Good for short-medium term (you can move your simulator setup eventually)
Rent a Golf Simulator Space Cons
  • Expensive on a monthly basis (and does not add value to your home)
  • Away from the Home – significant extra effort whenever you want to practice – which means you will practice less
  • Some may have internet and heating capabilities and some will not
  • You can’t make major changes to the space
  • There may not be an available space nearby

Outdoor Setups

There is a wide spectrum of outdoor golf simulator setups, both in quality, fidelity, and expense.

Usually, outdoor golf simulation is based around a golf net and cage, like you’ll find at the driving range or golf course practice area. It’s uncommon to see a full projector-impact screen setup outside unless you live in a warm climate and have the resources to house it with a full cover (eg a large gazebo structure).

A basic outdoor setup is probably the easiest build to make. You won’t be troubled by ceiling height and will usually have plenty of width and height too.

I do recommend investing in adequate side netting, enough that it completely covers the golfer on both sides is ideal. Extra effort needs to be allocated to protection against shanks. A stray golf ball can fly off and hit windows, your house, your neighbor’s house, or even your neighbors themselves!

I recommend the SIGPRO Golf Net for quick-assembly and disassembly outdoor setups. This fantastic net is strong and robust whilst offering a snap button system for ultra-fast assembly. The SIGPRO net stands 7ft tall, 8.5ft wide and side nets stretch around the golfer to give a depth of 9ft.

Sigpro Net Outdoors 1024X1024

With an outdoor setup, think about what you really want from your golf simulator or golf practice area. You can achieve easy and regular practice with an outdoor golf net build, but it’s a lot harder to play competitive online simulator golf at Cypress Point!

I’ve seen some really impressive outdoor golf practice areas though. You can build a large putting green or even short game area if you have the space and funds. Many choose to combine their golf practice with an outdoor bar, barbecue, fire pit and seating area.

Outdoor Golf Simulator Location Pros
  • Warm Summer Evening Golf at Home
  • Easy and regular practice available to those who don’t have adequate space inside
  • Low cost
  • Combine the build with an outdoor bar, patio area, other activities
Outdoor Golf Simulator Location Cons
  • Often cold weather discourages frequency and quality of practice
  • Difficult to build a full golf simulator setup outside (including impact screen and projector)
  • You have to think about your neighbors (protection against stray balls, noise may be a problem)

Key Points – Questions to ask yourself when planning where to build your golf simulator

There are many options available to golfers who wish to build a golf practice area at home. Space and budget restraints will inform the decision about which is best for you, your family, and your property.

Think about your needs from your golf simulator setup, your budget, and your home situation:

  • Do you want just be able to hit balls initially, or are you focusing on building a high-fidelity, high-resolution golf simulator setup?
  • Do you want a completed setup as soon as possible, or will you upgrade over time?
  • How much space do you have at the moment, are multiple options in this post possible?
  • Do you intend to stay in the same house and area for the long term, or will you be moving? Do you own your home (i.e can you make alterations)?
  • To what extent are you willing to make alterations to a room or space? Would you consider building a new space from scratch (eg garage, cabin, outdoor room, shed)?
  • How important are comforts such as heating and warmth to you? What’s the climate like where you live? An outdoor setup (including those in uninsulated sheds) is much more possible in Texas than they are in Michigan.
  • Do you want ultra-easy access to your golf practice area? How much of a problem would it be for you to have to go down the garden to your simulator? Or even to a rented space elsewhere?

Consider these questions when planning your golf simulator location and setup. They are questions that I thought about at great, great length when I was planning my first golf sim build.

Good luck in your quest for the perfect home golf practice area. Take a look at all my other articles on golf simulator room setup here.

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Alex White is a 4 handicap golfer and is a familiar face at Hexham Golf Club, England. He launched mygolfsimulator.com in February 2020, where he has personally authored over half a million words on golf simulators, earning a reputation as an expert in this area. His knowledge extends beyond theory; Alex has personally designed and constructed three distinct golf simulator rooms over the last four years. He also provides consultation services for fellow golf enthusiasts looking to create their own home golf simulators. In addition to his golfing pursuits, Alex is a dedicated medical professional. He earned his medical degree (MBBS) from Newcastle University in 2014 and currently works as an emergency medicine registrar in the north-east of England. Alex recently achieved the FRCEM (Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine) qualification, marking a significant milestone in his medical career.
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