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High-Tech Golf Simulators For Your Home

Enjoy your favourite past time—or improve your swing—without leaving the house

By John Elliot
Wed, Mar 23, 2022 11:28amGrey Clock 3 min

While you may want to spend every waking moment on the golf green, life has a cruel way of impeding this dream. Technology, however, has made the next-best reality possible thanks to state-of-the-art golf simulators.

Links enthusiasts can now enjoy their favourite greens and world-famous courses or just work on their long and short games, from the comfort of their home—and with decidedly less walking.

Here are our top picks for in-home golf simulators.

HD Golf

HD Golf

The golf simulator for those who want to play the same courses as the pros. Using patented image processing software and a combination of high-res digital imaging, satellite, and geophysical data, HD Golf recreates nearly 40 championship golf courses (like Pebble Beach and St. Andrews) with unflinching accuracy—right down to the tree, bunker and hazard-level. But HD Golf is more than just a pretty face. The HD Pro Instruction Studio uses shot data in conjunction with swing analysis and pressure mapping to offer tips on form, while the device’s advanced computer vision technology ensures seamless communication between man and machine for a pinpoint-accurate simulation.

Pricing for installing an HD Golf simulator in your home is available at hdgolf.com

Foresight Sports

Foresight Sports

For players who want to use their time away from the green to improve their game, Foresight Sports is the solution. The core of the Foresight Sports simulation experience is its Game Changer line of advanced launch monitors, which capture an incredible wealth of information about every single swing you take and present the data in an easy-to-understand format that will let you improve your game, from form to clubs. In addition Foresight Sports launch monitors are endlessly portable, meaning if there’s enough room to swing a club, you have enough room to set up a simulation studio. Players who opt for Foresight’s FSX 2020 simulation software will enjoy high-fidelity graphical renderings of world-famous courses as well as a variety of skill challenges designed to improve specific parts of your game.

Pricing for Foresight Sports golf simulators is available at foresightsports.com.

SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator Package

SkyTrak

Golfers who want an out-of-the-box option would do well to look at the SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator Package. Coming with everything you need to set up a professional golf simulation studio in your home, the SkyTrak SwingBay Package will allow users to measure their performance across 15 different data points, compete against friends and strangers in peer-to-peer matchups, and features a range of game improvement options, allowing users to work on their optimal swing from the comfort of their home office. SkyTrak is also simulation-software agnostic, meaning users can use whichever compatible simulator they prefer, and try new options as they come along. All that and it comes with a military-grade screen capable of withstanding shots of up to 402km/h

The SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator Package is available for $13,113

TruGolf Vista 12

TruGolf

If graphical integrity is of the utmost importance to you, then No. 1 you have great taste and No. 2 check out the TruGolf Vista 12. A full simulation set up that includes a HD 720p projector, a dedicated computer, a 21-inch touchscreen, premium turf and a portable enclosure, the Vista 12 is capable of expertly tracking your every swing—and offering meaningful tips for improvement—thanks to its TruTrack 2 system. But where the Vista 12 really shines is in its E6 Connect technology, meticulously crafted software that provides a detailed and realistic simulation experience, immersing users in the next best thing to a being on a real course.

The TruGolf Vista 12 is available for approx. $26,805 or can be upgraded to a pro version with a level two dedicated computer and HD 1080p Projector for an additional $5326



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Companies are eager to hire strong players who use hybrid work schedules to schmooze clients on the course

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Standout golfers who aren’t quite PGA Tour material now have somewhere else to play professionally: Corporate America.

People who can smash 300-yard drives and sink birdie putts are sought-after hires in finance, consulting, sales and other industries, recruiters say. In the hybrid work era, the business golf outing is back in a big way.

Executive recruiter Shawn Cole says he gets so many requests to find ace golfers that he records candidates’ handicaps, an index based on average number of strokes over par, in the information packets he submits to clients. Golf alone can’t get you a plum job, he says—but not playing could cost you one.

“I know a guy that literally flies around the world in a private jet loaded with French wine, and he golfs and lands hundred-million-dollar deals,” Cole says.

Tee times and networking sessions have long gone hand-in-golf-glove. Despite criticism that doing business on the course undermines diversity, equity and inclusion efforts—and the fact that golf clubs haven’t always been open to women and minorities —people who mix golf and work say the outings are one of the last reprieves from 30-minute calendar blocks

Stars like Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie West helped expand participation in the sport. Still, just 22% of golfers are nonwhite and 26% are women, according to the National Golf Foundation.

To lure more people, clubs have relaxed rules against mobile-phone use on the course, embracing white-collar professionals who want to entertain clients on the links without disconnecting from the office. It’s no longer taboo to check email from your cart or take a quick call at the halfway turn.

With so much other business conducted virtually, shaking hands on the green and schmoozing over clubhouse beers is now seen as making an extra effort, not slacking off.

Americans played a record 531 million rounds last year. Weekday play has nearly doubled since 2019, with much of the action during business hours , according to research by Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom .

“It would’ve been scandalous in 2019 to be having multiple meetings a week on the golf course,” Bloom says. “In 2024, if you’re producing results, no one’s going to see anything wrong with it.”

A financial adviser at a major Wall Street bank who competes on the amateur circuit told me he completes 90% of his tasks by 10 a.m. because he manages long-term investment plans that change infrequently. The rest of his workday often involves golfing with clients and prospects. He’s a member of a private club with a multiyear waiting list, and people jump at the chance to join him on a course they normally can’t access.

There is an art to bringing in business this way. He never initiates shoptalk, telling his playing partners the round is about having fun and getting to know each other. They can’t resist asking about investment strategies by the back nine, he says.

Work hard, play hard

Matt Parziale golfed professionally on minor-league tours for several years, but when his dream of making the big time ended, he had to get a regular job. He became a firefighter, like his dad.

A few years later he won one of the biggest amateur tournaments in the country, earning spots in the 2018 Masters and U.S. Open, where he tied for first among non-pros.

The brush with celebrity brought introductions to business types that Parziale, 35 years old, says he wouldn’t have met otherwise. One connection led to a job with a large insurance broker. In 2022 he jumped to Deland, Gibson Insurance Associates in Wellesley, Mass., which recognised his golf game as a tool to help win large accounts.

He rescheduled our interview because he was hosting clients at a private club on Cape Cod, and squeezed me in the next morning, before teeing off with a business group in Newport, R.I.

A short time ago, Parziale couldn’t imagine making a living this way. Now he’s the norm in elite amateur golf circles.

“I look around at the guys at the events I play, and they all have these jobs ,” he says.

His boss, Chief Executive Chip Gibson, says Parziale is good at bringing in business because he puts as much effort into building relationships as honing his game. A golf outing is merely an opportunity to build trust that can eventually lead to a deal, and it’s a misconception that people who golf during work hours don’t work hard, he says.

Barry Allison’s single-digit handicap is an asset in his role as a management consultant at Accenture , where he specialises in travel and hospitality. He splits time between Washington, D.C., and The Villages, Fla., a golf mecca that boasts more than 50 courses.

It can be hard to get to know people in distributed work environments, he says. Go golfing and you’ll learn a lot about someone’s temperament—especially after a bad shot.

“If you see a guy snap a club over his knee, you don’t know what he’s going to snap next,” Allison says.

Special access

On a recent afternoon I was a lunch guest at Brae Burn Country Club, a private enclave outside Boston that was the site of U.S. Golf Association championships won by legends like Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones. I parked in the second lot because the first one was full—on a Wednesday.

My host was Cullen Onstott, managing director of the Onstott Group executive search firm and a former collegiate golfer at Fairfield University. He explained one reason companies prize excellent golfers is they can put well-practiced swings on autopilot and devote most of their attention to chitchat.

It’s hard to talk with potential customers about their needs and interests when you’re hunting for errant shots in the woods. It’s also challenging if you show off.

The first hole at Brae Burn is a 318-yard par 4 that slopes down, enabling big hitters like Onstott to reach the putting green in a single stroke. But to stay close to his playing partners and keep the conversation flowing, he sometimes hits a shorter shot.

Having an “in” at an exclusive club can make you a catch. Bo Burch, an executive recruiter in North Carolina, says clubs in his region tend to attract members according to their business sectors. One might be chock-full of real-estate investors while another has potential buyers of industrial manufacturing equipment.

Burch looks for candidates who are members of clubs that align with his clients’ industries, though he stresses that business acumen comes first when filling positions.

Tami McQueen, a former Division I tennis player and current chief marketing officer at Atlanta investment firm BIP Capital, signed up for private golf lessons this year. She had noticed colleagues were wearing polos with course logos and bringing their clubs to work. She wanted in.

McQueen joined business associates on the golf course for the first time in March at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She has lowered her handicap to a respectable 26 and says her new skill lends a professional edge.

“To be able to say, ‘I can play with you and we can have those business meetings on the course’ definitely opens a lot more doors,” she says.

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