How Much Does it Cost to Start a Golf Simulator Business
We get this question a lot. Let’s start by examining the most crucial element, golf simulators.
The price ranges also vary by brand. That said, you don't have to spend $100k to get a great setup. See sometailored golf simulator packages that can bring your startup costs down.
Cost ranges by commercial golf simulator brand:
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Starting an Indoor Golf Business
Yardstick Golf has done extensive research on what it cost to open indoor golf centers. There is a wide range of startup costs for the indoor golf bars we studied. Four of the biggest factors driving the range in costs are:
Small Indoor Golf Centers
Small golf centers we studied cost between $50,000 and $250,000 to open. They had between 2 and 4 simulators and were between 1,500 and 3,200 square feet. Simulator choices were on the lower end of the commercial range.
Medium Sized Indoor Golf Centers
Medium sized golf centers we studied cost between $350,000 and $650,000 to open. They had anywhere from 6 to 8 simulators and were between 5,500 and 10,000 square feet. Simulator choices were generally mid to high end of the commercial range. Beverage services were much more common that food service.
Large Indoor Golf Businesses
The largest golf centers we studied cost between $750,000 and $900,000 to open. 7 to 10 simulators were the norm for this group and the facilities were between 6,800 and 12,000 square feet. Simulator choices were typically high end, but a few went more in the mid-commercial range. Beverage services were also much more common that food service.
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Now I’d like to hear from you:
Did you have a different experience opening your center, or are there other cost questions you’d like to know?
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1/7/2020 03:39:34 pm
Is there a recommended approach for trying out a number of simulators so you can decide which one you prefer?
1/7/2020 04:59:31 pm
What about Optishot Vision technology? Do you plan to review it?
1/7/2020 07:18:30 pm
Laurentiu - we've reviewed them before, but more as a home system. This review was focused on systems we've seen used in commercial golf centers. I know they've developed some higher end solutions, but we haven't seen any in the golf centers we've researched as yet, so we don't have a lot to add on them beyond the initial residential system (BTW - I have one and enjoy it).
1/7/2020 07:15:02 pm
I would recommend connecting with someone that has experience installing and setting up many different types of simulators. They may have facilities that would allow you to try the different types. At a minimum, they would be able to give you a sense of which ones to go try based on what you are looking for in a simulator. We really like Ace Indoor golf and suggest that might be a good place to start.
12/2/2020 04:55:37 pm
Thank you for taking the time to not only research indoor golf centers. My husband and I are both retired and love to golf. We live in an area, where the winters can be brutal so no golfing during the winter months.
12/4/2020 06:03:17 am
Robin - thanks for such a kind note. I wish you the best in your endeavor. Hopefully my research has helped give you a jump start on your journey.
6/6/2022 09:59:44 am
I have made step to get 5 Golfzon simulators. I am having a hard time with business plan. Any help?
6/6/2022 01:05:22 pm
Hi Frank - thanks for your purchase. I have replied directly to you via email to let me know more context so I can help.
6/24/2022 03:06:20 pm
6/22/2022 05:51:03 pm
In my experience, no single thing is going to do it for you. You likely need a complete marketing plan hitting on many fronts. If you do not have your business on google local. Go to Google's My Business site and log into your business account there are many websites that have step by step instructions on how to do it. It is easy, free, and powerful.
2/21/2023 10:22:02 am
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