A Golf Enthusiast’s Silver Lining during Quarantine

Why Quarantine or Social Distancing might finally be your reason to buy that Golf Simulator setup you’ve been wanting

This is certainly a stressful time for Americans. Hardly a conversation or headline goes by that doesn’t leave us with an impending sense of doom. The markets are down, supplies are limited, and on and on. 

Your phone is constantly flooded with worried friends and family texting you the latest. You can sit for hours refreshing news pages only to have the headlines get more and more dooming. 

You start to think to yourself - I need to take a break from this information overload. And what better way to get away from it all than a round of golf? 

Impending Golf Course Closures

Across the nation, increasingly strict curfews, social distancing measures, and closures means golf courses are under high threat of being shut down. This means in the very near future, your outdoor sanctuary may no longer be an option.

Although few sports require players to be as far apart as golf does, common areas like clubhouses, golf carts, flag sticks, and so on, all present opportunities for social contact. In addition, the average age of a golfer, depending on the club, means golf courses attract a demographic at higher risk. This further increases the pressure on courses to close.

Would a golf course closure be an overstep? Only time will tell. What we do see is an increasing threat that these establishments will shut their doors, and many already have.

The Good News

The silver lining to all this is you might have just finally found your excuse to buy that golf simulator setup you’ve been wanting. 

Golf simulators are all-inclusive kits designed to replicate a game of golf from the comfort and safety of your own home. If you’re lucky, you have a friend who already has one set up in a garage or spare room and you’ve been able to test out just how fun these systems are. 

You might be surprised at just how convenient it is to skip the car ride, attire etiquette, golf carts, weather, (GERMS), and so on, and simply practice your shot. 

Social Distancing and Quarantine

Over the past couple of weeks you’ve probably become acutely aware of how many people you come in contact with just in getting from your home to the tee box. Hardly a moment goes by where we aren’t reminded to AVOID CROWDS and STAY INSIDE as much as possible. 

As this article went to press, the federal government was strongly recommending people avoid crowds of ten or more people. By the time you read this, it may have become more restrictive. 

Americans are looking ahead and wondering - Do I have a long stretch of time at home coming up? Certainly you’ve heard of the toilet paper hoarding or seen for yourself the empty shelves at grocery stores. But what about entertainment? 

Let’s assume our great country is going to be able to keep up with food and toiletries. What are we going to do when we find ourselves with hours and days of free time at home and laws restricting our escape? That golf simulator setup is starting to sound pretty good now, isn’t it? (Just don’t forget to add “favorite golf beverage” to your list of supplies to purchase!)

Cost

As is often the case with technology - what you pay for is what you get. While there is a golf simulator for just about every budget out there, the accuracy, function, and ultimately, fun of use improves greatly with increasing price. 

With a downright chaotic market, investors are looking at other options for their money. Now, we’re not saying you should think of a golf simulator as an investment of money (while certainly it is for fun and entertainment), it is arguably a better place for your cash than a nosediving economy. After cruising along in a cushy bull market for the past 11 years, it may have been a harder argument to make a hefty investment in sports and entertainment when that money put in the market was producing such fatty returns. 

But times are different now. We’re entering a new age. And you may have just found the arguments needed to allow yourself this one glimmer of sunshine during these gloomy days.

So you're ready to go for it!

Option 1 - All the bells and whistles. 

You don’t even want to think about it. You’re ready to make the leap and you want the full setup. You want everything to work perfectly and you want to swing away into simulator bliss for months and years to come. We get it. 

If you’re ready for the most comprehensive, realistic, and customizable experience available, you want the TruGolf Vista 12 Golf Simulator. With bright, beautiful graphics and seamless club and ball data on every swing, you’ll get back every penny you invested into this baby. Get ready to be the envy of your pals as they spend their quarantine days playing golf games on their phones while you improve your game swing by swing.

Option 2 - I’m ready for everything but the price tag.

If you’re ready to have something shipped fast (from within the US) and set up even faster (less than one hour), then you’re ready for the Optishot 2 Practice Golf Simulator Package. As long as you already have a computer with standard computing abilities, then this package has everything you need to spend the next weeks quaranTEEing off from the safety and comfort of your own home. 

The OptiShot 2 simulator provides crisp swing and ball shot accuracy, allowing a virtual experience as close to the real game as you could ever hope to get. The simulator includes 15 standard courses and fun games to play to improve your skills. 

Note - if you want to hook up to your TV, be sure to check your computer for the specific cable needed, likely an HDMI or Mini DisplayPort, easily purchased from Amazon. 

Option 3 - Best of both worlds

The ​SkyTrak Compact Golf Simulator Package might just be what you're looking for. Learn more in our detailed SkyTrak review.

In Conclusion

We know nothing will ever replicate the grass under your feet, the breeze on your face, and the constantly changing conditions and factors that make the game of golf one of the best in the world. But if you’re going to be holed up for weeks, our best bet is you’ll take whatever you can get. 

The current situation will no doubt affect every one of us in some way or another, and our thoughts and prayers are with those on the front lines. During these hard times it can be easy to slip into a pessimistic attitude of doom and gloom, so why not find something positive amidst the chaos and uncertainty? As golf enthusiasts, we know there are many analogies between the game itself and the life that happens off the course. We know that when hope seems in short supply, the best thing to do is just keep swinging.