@GeneMf961- What part of Idaho are you making the move to? I am in Idaho as well...native for the last 40+ years anyhow. haha...Hope your move is all you want it to be. And yes we do have some great courses here.
@Travis75- we are planning to move to the McCall area, likely Donnelly or New Meadows. We have two daughters living in Boise area and want to be closer to them. Where in Idaho do you live? Maybe this next summer we can get together and play some golf.
@GeneMf961, I live in the Boise area. I have had luck to play a round or 2 up in McCall. They do have a couple nice courses up there I am sure you will enjoy. It would be nice to get together for a round this upcoming year.
For those interested in the SkyTrak - I bought mine in May and love it.
I have it set-up in my garage and hit balls and work on my swing on a regular basis.
In fact, after a particularly bad driving day - I came home, fired up the SkyTrak and was able to diagnose and fix my swing. Played the next day and it was a huge difference! All from the convenience of my own home.
Couple of tips ...
#1 - Get a quality net. I chose the Rukket Haack Net, the balls come out of the net and return back to the hitting mat. I've heard some mention the hitting screen - just realize it's much louder, if you have a family nearby - this could be a consideration for you.
#2 - Get a quality mat. I started with a 3'x5' mat, but found it's not only pretty small, but was moving around on my shots. I invested $180 in a used Pro-Level mat that was "A" condition. It's 1-1/2" thick, able to get a tee in it and it doesn't move. Also, the extra cushion is easier on the hands. Search eBay for "Golf Practice Driving Range Mat", you'll find the right one.
#3 - The whole target thing is a factor, but I found that if I put alignment sticks in the SkyTrak metal protection case, holds it nicely and really helps with getting your alignment straight with the simulator.
#4 - Adjust for local conditions, whether you're at 5,000 feet at 80 degrees in Colorado, or at Sea-Level in Florida in 95 degrees with 75% humidity - SkyTrak can be adjusted to account for your local conditions. That really helps you dial-in your distances.
#5 - Use the cable for the best response time. SkyTrak can do a blue-tooth connection to either your iPad, smartphone or Laptop, but the best response time comes from a direct connection from SkyTrak to your Laptop/iPad.
#5 - Get the Game Improvement Package. The extra features are a 'must have' so you can do ball/club comparisons, competitions or activities (long drive, closest to the pin, etc). Annual fee is $99 - I save that in golf balls alone. I usually hit balls on my simulator, then drive 10 minutes to the course, hit a few putts and off I go - warmed up and ready to play.
I did a LOT of research on different simulator models, and ultimately - this was the best choice on price and features. I bought mine when it was on sale, plus used a local discount code - got everything for around $2,000.00
If you're thinking about it - do it. It's a great investment if you're serious about your golf game or just want to keep your swing lubed up during the winter months.
@pj-evansthanks for the idea of a direct connection , the wait time for the info on the ball strike is my biggest gripe with the skytrak. Going to give it a go in the morning it was taking 5 to 8 seconds to get the info.`