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Golf Simulator Build Planning (In the Great White North)

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  • Golf Simulator Build Planning (In the Great White North)

    Hello GSF community,

    I have been actively reading this forum over the last year or so with the plan to put in a basement golf simulator/home theatre. I just wanted to thank all the contributors and those sharing their knowledge and expertise to help those like myself who find all these options absolutely mind boggling.

    So I will apologize for the shear size of this email but I have so many questions I am looking for help from the GSF community.
    So the basics. I will post some pictures of the floor plan and current framing.

    Basement Golf Sim/Home Theatre
    Room Size - Width 15 feet 9 inches (that is stud to stud so will be more like 15' 7") Height 8 feet 9 inches (have a subfloor) and Depth 18 feet.
    Plan to put the ball 10'6" from the screen.

    I know the height is a bit tight but the cost to drop the floor would have been substantial (more than half the cost of the total sim project). I have measured and swung my driver, even with a 2 inch hitting area/mat/pad (plan on cutting out part of the subfloor) and drywall on the ceiling I can clear with space. My friend who is 6'1" can also swing his driver. But if you are 6'4" or taller or have a very vertical swing you are out of luck.

    1) Launch monitor - My original plan was to go with the Uneekor eye xo (very top of my budget). I like that it is ceiling mounted and able to give so much info. My plan is to install is recessed between the joists in a plywood box (where I have read you can get 8 inches in added height which would help get it to the 9 foot recommended height - I have about 14-15" between joists).
    I have considered the Uneekor QED and the GC3. Open to opinions on one verses the other.

    2) Projector - I was really intrigued by the Benq Lk936St - I know it's pricey but I wanted something that would be great for double duty. I have no idea when i could get it (looks like 8-10 months in Canada). Not sure if I should wait or if anyone else has a good ceiling mounted suggestions that does great with as a golf simulator and home theatre (would like 4K if possible, if laser even better).

    3) Screen - So this is where things went a little sideways for me. Should I simply use one screen for both the simulator and movie theater or would it be better to have a wall mounted theatre screen and put in a retractable hitting screen? Obviously using one for both is more cost effective and much easier. The other option is to put in an acoustically permeable wall mounted theatre screen and 18 inches off this put in a retractable hitting screen (using metechs and a Carl's place screen or the Par2Pro Stealth). Any suggestions are welcome.

    4) Lighting - So it seems most people prefer track/focused lighting to avoid shadows. My question is where do you mount these lights? In front? Behind? Does it interfere with the ceiling mounted projector that will likely be behind the hitting area?

    5) Sound System - So if I went with the dual screens, this would allow me to mount speakers behind the screen. If I were to go with the single screen, then how would to do the sounds system? I can do wired or wireless but the sitting area is almost 25-27 feet away. Hoping to ceiling mount or wall mount speakers if i could.

    6) Floor - I have a subfloor put in. Plan was to use a hitting strip (Real Feel Country Club) and cut out the area and replace it as needed. My question is how big of a putting area do I need? When you put with the Uneekor eye xo, would you hit it just off of the hitting strip? The rest of the area would have turf. With the subfloor could I get away with unpadded turf or should I go with padded turf?

    7) Ceiling/Wall coverings -So my plan is to pad up to 10 feet off of the screen. I am playing with options 1) Curtains and baffles in the ceiling (will have to figure out a way to manage the baffles around the uneekor eye xo) 2) Premade pads (Vant panels) or 3) Carpeting with padding underneath. The custom made golf panels are far to pricey and would blow the budget. I would like to cover almost to a few feet of the hitting area in case someone skies a driver. More of a preference/cost issue. I am considering a mix (i.e. panels part of the way and then carpet) to keep the budget manageable.

    Sorry about all the questions - there are just so many options it can be a bit overwhelming.

    I will tag some pictures of the basement and floor plan to give you an idea.

    Thanks

    Derek

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  • #2
    I can speak to the current availability of the Benq Lk936St. The folks at audiogeneral.com are getting a shipment soon and expect to deliver units in the second week of May. They also have very competitive pricing and there are no manufacturer warranty concerns, it’s all above board. Here’s the link to the projector: https://www.audiogeneral.com/store/p...view/0601-6865

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    • Hoosurdaddi
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      Thanks! I have sent them a message.

  • #3
    Speaking of projectors, I purchased an Optoma GT760A in 2017, mounted it on the ceiling behind the screen, use it for golf & some general viewing 4 to 5 days a week and it has performed flawlessly. Haven't even replaced the bulb yet.

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    • #4
      Cut those ceiling joists out now and run steel tubes across. Will buy you another 9-10 inches. Should be a lot easier to do before your basement is finished. I shared my build here some time ago with specifics on how I did it

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      • #5
        Dwise2613. I don’t think I have the guts to cut my joists like you. I will live with my short ceilings. I am having trouble sourcing projectors right now. My plan is to have the hitting zone at 10.5 feet. Would a ceiling mounted projector at 13-14 feet work okay? Will that cause shadows? Or could I move even further back? Looking at 16:9 screen size.

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        • g_gryphon
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          So it sounds like audiogeneral.com didn't work out for you then?

      • #6
        No, not that it didn't work. They were great and prompt with their replies. They offered a great price but the import fees and tax is pushing the price (living up in Canada) up so I've been having second thoughts. Can't find either the LK936ST or the tk700sti anywhere yet.

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        • #7
          It seems like you're set on Uneekor, but I gotta say I was set on the QED for my setup but I got a Wiz-I simulator last minute and I don't regret it. Apparently they're new and they're great so far. Also, they're a Canadian company and they're $7k Canadian.
          fairwaysims.com/welcome

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          • #8
            Originally posted by kevinj13 View Post
            It seems like you're set on Uneekor, but I gotta say I was set on the QED for my setup but I got a Wiz-I simulator last minute and I don't regret it. Apparently they're new and they're great so far. Also, they're a Canadian company and they're $7k Canadian.
            fairwaysims.com/welcome
            Can you use the wiz-i with TGC2019?

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            • kevinj13
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              I don't think so. Seems like they only have E6

          • #9
            Originally posted by Hoosurdaddi View Post
            ... but the import fees and tax is pushing the price (living up in Canada) up ...
            Okay, makes sense, I had no idea about that added cost. I found one source that was not going to charge state tax for California, but I imagine it would be nearly impossible to avoid an import fee?

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            • #10
              Originally posted by Hoosurdaddi View Post
              No, not that it didn't work. They were great and prompt with their replies. They offered a great price but the import fees and tax is pushing the price (living up in Canada) up so I've been having second thoughts. Can't find either the LK936ST or the tk700sti anywhere yet.
              I bought the TK700sti from BestBuy.ca about a month ago. Not sure if they have it back in stock yet or not though. It's a great little projector and is plenty bright enough.

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              • #11
                You could install the EYEXO between your ceiling joists as long as the leading edge of the EYEXO sensor runs parallel to the joist itself because the sensor is 30" wide. As for your putting question, it would really depend on how thick the subfloor is. Ultimately, the turf and the subfloor need to be as thick as the hitting mat to ensure that putts roll off of the hitting mat smoothly. Our recommendation would be to have the hitting position 10' from the screen and to have putting turf all the way to the screen. That makes figuring out how hard to hit putts during a round easier.

                We have done several installs with the Stealth screen in front of a theater screen. That is the best way to achieve a dual use space and to keep the theater screen pristine.

                Feel free to reach out to us at info@par2pro.com to talk to one of our specialists about your project in more detail.

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