Toledo, Ohio, United States: Playing indoor golf is one of the hottest trends in the golf industry. A recent report by Straits Research valued the golf simulator market at US$1.3 billion in 2021 and it’s projected to reach US$3.3 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 10.1%.
According to golf simulator manufacturers and retailers, golf simulators are not just for commercial businesses or the rich and famous with the simulator space dramatically expanding and becoming more affordable in the last 10 years.
Indoor multi-sport and golf simulator commercial play is booming. Food and entertainment businesses like Topgolf Swing Suite, X-Golf, and 5-Iron Golf have seen huge growth, with Topgolf indoor suites growing from 29 stores in 2019 to 120 plus locations.
The development of indoor golf is not limited to commercial businesses. Recent technology advances in launch monitors have made home golf simulators more reliable and affordable, driving growth in residential installations as well.
Ace Indoor Golf, a leading golf simulator manufacturer and retailer in the United States, grew its business by more than 50% last year due to the popularity of home golf simulators.
The company designs, sells, installs, and provides maintenance of golf simulators to businesses, golf clubs, individuals, golf teams, sim manufacturers, and the prominent golf retailers like PGA Tour Superstores and 5-Iron Golf. The company offers turnkey custom-designed solutions and ‘Do-It-Yourself’ (DIY), off-the-shelf packages that fit golfers’ needs at every price point.
Trevor Faust, Ace Indoor Golf’s President, said: “For the DIYer, take your time, do the necessary research, and ask a lot of questions to be sure all of your components will work together correctly. The launch monitor, computer, hitting bay, projector, and screen must work together to provide a safe and enjoyable golf experience.
“Last, if your skills aren’t in building and technology, I’d suggest hiring a professional installer to prevent mistakes in your simulator set-up that can cost you thousands of dollars.”