by Christy Heitger-Ewing

Sometimes, 6 good months out of the year isn’t enough to satisfy Hoosier golf appetites. A bi-annual trip to North Carolina’s “golf coast” might take the edge off, but for all the missed rounds between, some midwestern homeowners have turned to a technological solution from the comfort of their homes. Golf simulators, which have recently taken root at sports bars and training facilities, are now finding a foothold in residential markets.

The setup is simple: a turf surface and projected screen pairs with motion trackers to trace your shot. With a swing of the club, sensors can track where the ball goes, and a host of other statistics, like where on the club surface the ball hit, any deviations in the swing, and how quickly the ball moves through the air.

Although you can generally spend a full afternoon walking 18 holes at your local course, a golf simulator bay can fit comfortably in the same square footage as a standard pool table, making it the ideal feature for a finished basement in the home of any golf enthusiast.

“We do a lot of custom houses, and because we create packages for our clients, we’re able to offer more affordable pricing for a golf simulator,” says Ryan Geltz, CEO of Pro Security & Automation. “Someone could easily spend $100K on a golf simulator, but we might be able to do it for $25K or $30K.”

Like other sport simulations, golf simulators allow the user to focus on certain aspects of the game without worrying about waving through the group behind you. You can customize settings to tell you statistics on your swing and even give suggestions to correct your form.

Some custom homes put a golf simulator in their third-car garage bay, providing a semi-indoor/outdoor experience. But really, it can go anywhere.

“I’ve got one guy whose kids moved out, so he was like, ‘Time to convert this space for me!’” says Geltz, who notes that there are many other simulators available besides golf such as racecar and flight simulators as well as shooting range simulators for target practice. Multi-sport software enables one system to function as a rec space for games like hockey, football, baseball, and basketball. This encourages every family member to utilize the space.

Although golf simulators are growing in both commercial and residential popularity, few installers have the experience to install or repair these systems. On more than one occasion, Geltz has had a builder contact him to fix a pre-wiring job that an out-of-state vendor messed up.

“There are many out-of-state companies who come in and do a poor job of installing simulator software, then the builder can’t get them back out to fix it,” says Geltz. “Only a few local places can provide this service and do it well, and we are one of them.”

If you’re looking to create a fun indoor play haven in your home, or if you’d like to learn more about affordable smart technology solutions, contact Pro Security & Automation today. Call (317) 900-1021 or visit