Charlotte, NC is a golfer’s dream. With 26 golf courses situated within the Charlotte limits, and another 27 courses within a 20-mile drive, local linksmen can play diverse styles and course layouts throughout the golf season. For those that have been bitten by the golf bug, Charlotte’s freezing winters can be an eternity waiting for the ground to thaw and temporary greens to be removed. One area resident found the solution to cure these winter blues though. They called upon local Azenco dealer, Kulyk Outdoors, to custom design an outdoor cover for their home golf simulation clubhouse that rivals anything seen at the area’s coveted country clubs. Complete with fully automated louvered roof to let in the sun on beautiful days, and integrated heaters to keep the simulator bay available all winter long, this Queen City home is a golfer’s paradise.
- 🗺️ Location: Charlotte, NC
- 🏡 Type: Residential
- 📅 Date: November 2022
- 👷 Installed by Kulyk Outdoors
- Product: R-Blade
- Size: 23’ X 14’
- Options: Motorization, retractable screens, LED lights, patio fan, heaters, golf simulator
- Color: Almond pergola and privacy shades, Ipe wood privacy walls
- Benefits: Year-round golf practice facility
Project Overview: Luxury Home Golf Simulation Clubhouse
This passionate golfer had been looking for a home for his new Trackman golf simulator for four years. The existing home was not well suited to adding an indoor golf bay, and quotes for a full home addition exceeded $500,000. Kulyk Outdoors came up with the ideal alternative. Their design team crafted an Azenco R-Blade adjustable louvered roof pergola capable of protecting the high tech simulator while making this home golf simulation clubhouse accessible regardless of the weather or seasons. Situating the all-weather golf bay adjacent to the home’s existing patio allowed the outdoor cover to serve double duty as a relaxing escape from the heat when relaxing at home or entertaining guests.
Design Challenges: Preparing an Outdoor Room for the Winter
With plenty of sprawling grass area around the home’s patio on which to build this golf simulator’s new home, the Kulyk Outdoors design team’s main challenges were to protect the expensive simulator from the elements while ensuring the new covered outdoor space seamlessly fit with the luxurious home’s surroundings.
Preparing for Charlotte’s notoriously windy and rainy seasons, the Kulyk Outdoors team needed to ensure the space would be weatherproof. As the only motorized adjustable louvered roof pergola on the market capable of sealing out the rain, the Azenco R-Blade roof was the ideal solution to keep rainwater from seeping into the entertainment space below. The R-Blade pergola outdoor home automation system is seamlessly paired with this high-tech simulator’s new home. To enclose the sides of the pergola, the Kulyk Outdoors team incorporated wooden slat privacy walls crafted from richly toned Ipe hardwood. The louvered privacy walls gave the golfing space a full-enclosed feel while allowing some airflow for the hot summer days. An overhead patio fan was also added to improve circulation for particularly humid days.
Making sure the space was ready to accommodate freezing winters was the next challenge for the team. With the screen for the Trackman system hung to create one wall, the team then embedded motorized retractable shades around the pergola perimeter. The shades could be lowered to completely enclose the outdoor room, keeping blowing rain at bay, creating a protective barrier to protect the high-tech simulator and the homeowner’s guests from the chilling temperatures. The addition of flush-mounted infrared heaters to the pergola frame further ensured sufficient heat would be retained by the retractable screens.
To make the home golf simulation center accessible for entertaining foursomes into the evening, the Kulyk Outdoors team embedded LED lighting into the pergola frame as well. Recessed LED lights created the perfect nighttime ambiance to pair with the glow of the large simulator screen, and additional LED bar lights accentuated the hues of the natural wood walls and the pergola’s rich exterior finish.
Seamlessly fitting modern aluminum pergolas into the classic look of an existing home takes a deft design hand. For this golf simulator project, the Kulyk Outdoors team requested Azenco custom match existing colors in the home’s design. The color-matched almond powder coating included with this build ensured the new golf center looked like an original element of the home.
Before and After
The Turn Around
- Four weeks for fabrication
- Two days for on-site installation
If you are a golf lover like this homeowner, nothing quite strokes that passion like having your own indoor golf simulator. Whether for a private residence like this one in Charlotte, NC, or a prestigious private course like Boca West Country Club, where a sprawling interactive golf facility is protected by Azenco pergolas, our expert team is able to craft an outdoor room to make your golf dreams come true.
Contact us to learn more about our innovative solutions for your roof deck at 305 306-3204.