Dedicated golf course GPS units are pricy gadgets, and their cost isn’t always justifiable. After all, there’re just relatively unimpressive computers with a bunch of tracking sensors and a mediocre display. That’s why golf GPS apps for iPhone have taken the world of golf by storm, helping golfers perfect their game and have more fun on the course. Our top 5 best golf apps for iPhone won’t turn you into the next Rory McIlroy or Jason Day, but they’re guaranteed to give you yet another reason to grab your golf bag, call your buddies, and have some fun.
With almost 4 million users around the world, the SwingxSwing app, as the developer calls it, is a full-blown replacement for just about any expensive GPS handheld or watch golf tracker on the market. The app experience revolves around your SwingBySwing.com account, which you can create for free.
Having the account allows you to input your past scores, see current scores, track your path around the course, ruminate on the meaning of various stats, graphs, and detailed statistics. The app works on over 35,000 golf courses and more are added virtually every day.
Even though the app doesn’t shove its premium subscription, Looper, down your throat, we think that you should give it a try. For just a few pennies per day, you get accurate wind speed and elevation information, extended scoring, club tracking, and access to several games and betting configurations.
Main feature: Looper subscription and its advanced tracking capabilities.
A common shortcoming of lesser golf GPS apps is their reliance on outdated maps and blurry satellite images. Some developers are not golfers themselves and don’t see this as a big problem, while others neglect world-wide testing and optimize their apps only for a certain region.
The Golf GPS Range Finder Scorecard & Course Locator avoids this issue by supporting maps from both Apple and Google. In other words, you get the best of both worlds in a single app. And that’s not all. The app also works with the Apple Watch, features insightful stats and charts, scorecards with colors and shapes, and support four side games.
Main feature: Support for Apple and Google maps.
The fact of the matter is that most reputable golf courses require a timely tee time, which how golfers refer to a reservation at the golf course for when you will begin your round. Making the reservation can be a drag: you must to find a course, look up contact information on their website, make a call, hope that you’ll agree on a suitable time and date, and heaven forbid you ever decide to change your plans.
GolfNow’s mobile app lets you easily book tee times at more than 6,000 golf courses and resorts around the world and track your game using GPS at more than 30,000 courses. You can sort out the information to see which golf courses are currently offering attractive tee time discounts and get access even to those courses that would otherwise be out way out your budget.
Main feature: Tee time booking at more than 6,000 golf courses and resorts around the world.
Golfshot is like a professional caddie you can carry inside your pocket. The app comes with information about over 40,000 golf courses and more than 500,000 holes around the world. It supports 3D video visualization of the entire course, allows you to track your shot distance, direction, and club used. Like most golf tracking apps, Golfshot also support the Apple Watch, but the developers have also added support for HealthKit and Under Armour fitness activity tracking systems.
If you book a tee time through the app, you can get $20 discount, and pro members gain access to a variety of premium features and benefits—not to mention a completely ad-free experience.
Main feature: 3D video previews of your entire course.
By downloading Hole19, you join a community of over 1 million users, who use the app as an integral part of their goal journey, discovering new golf courses, tracking progress, using GPS to know their exact positions, and more. According to the developers, the free version of the app has view distances to the green on over 95% of golf courses around the world. The premium version of the app gives you in-depth insight into the development of your game over time, helping you get better faster.
Main feature: A huge community of active golfers who communicate, compete, and make friends with one another.