You always have your smartphone with you, even on the golf course. With the right golf app, it becomes a useful helper on the golf round as well as for preparation and follow-up. We present the best apps for golfers.
- 1. Digital score card with GolfClix
- 2. Hole19 for scores and golf course data
- 3. Book green fees with Campo
- 4. Orientation and editing with Golfshot
- 5. Expert Golf helps with rule questions
- 6. Better overview with the Birdie App
- 7. Practice for the course maturity with iPlatzreife
- The best golf apps for the Apple Watch
1. Digital score card with GolfClix
The currently valid golf rules allow the match management to provide a “QeSC” for a tournament (or an EDS round) instead of the conventional paper scorecard. Only the use of DGV-certified scoring apps guarantees compliance with the rules. GolfClix GmbH is the first provider to be licensed to offer this service. The QeSC is integrated in a free basic app, the GolfClix Lite app. This makes it possible to transmit the result on the round to the club secretary digitally. “In the future, tournaments can be scored immediately after the last putt. EDS rounds can also be transmitted to the secretariat electronically,” says Alexander Klose, DGV Board Member for Legal Affairs and Services, of the benefits. “The QeSC application will be able to relieve club secretariats of an enormous amount of work,” says Klose, pleased with the great practical benefits for DGV members. Users who install the app on their smartphone and are registered at golf-dgv.de can record their rounds digitally and transmit them to the club secretariat, provided the match management allows this forward-looking type of scoring. For verification, players and scorers use the QR code (Quick Response) on the DGV card instead of their signature on a conventional paper score card.
Here we show you how to easily get your DGV card into the wallet on your smartphone .
2. Hole19 for scores and golf course data
Probably the most comprehensive (and free in the basic package) golf app for the functions digital scorecard and distance data on 43,000 golf courses worldwide is Hole19. In the premium version there are some more features like better maps, club recommendations and more. But even in the free version, this golf app is a lot of fun and performs well on the round. Highly recommended!
3. Book green fees with Campo
When it comes to booking green fees in Germany, Campo’s golf app is certainly the best choice. More and more golf clubs in Germany can be booked directly through it. Special green fee offers are also available, as well as tournaments and golf courses. Trainer lessons should also be bookable soon. The app is constantly being developed and the community is growing with it. So be sure to use Campo to plan your golf rounds stress-free on your smartphone.
4. Orientation and editing with Golfshot
The next app has the name Golfshot. It is available for the iPhone in the App Store and is based on the GPS principle. More than 40,000 golf courses around the world can be found through the app, which also has regular updates uploaded in different areas. Golfshot includes orientation functions and the creation of detailed diagrams, averages and statistics, which are created with the help of the data from the GPS module and the entered scores. Those who previously relied on a dedicated GPS golf device will quickly realize that the app has made it superfluous.
5. Expert Golf helps with rule questions
Anyone who likes to have rules questions from the field of golf answered should stick to the Expert Golf App, which is based on the “Golf Rules Compact” rulebook. With over 200 images and animations, both beginners and professional players can get answers to just about any question that may arise while playing golf. This is a great way to keep improving your own theoretical golf knowledge.
6. Better overview with the Birdie App
Besides the possibility to measure distances with the smartphone in golf (this is now even allowed in tournaments), sometimes you also need help to record and evaluate golf scores. For this purpose, the so-called Birdie App was developed. The constantly updated app can help evaluate scorecards for a maximum of four players in a flight. Similar to the Golfshot variant mentioned above, it provides practical help during the game. Birdie can even take over the counting of the strokes during the game and then calculates the score in different variants. The calculation is fully automatic and saves you a lot of headaches.
7. Practice for the course maturity with iPlatzreife
If you have a great career as a golfer ahead of you, you need a lot of practice. First of all, however, you have to pass your golf license test. With the app iPlatzreife from DGV for 3.99 euros you can train wonderfully for this. This is the official rules quiz of the German Golf Association, and if you regularly study it before the exam, you’re sure to pass with flying colors. You can work through the questionnaire in five categories, including etiquette, general, easy, medium and difficult questions. Either practice specifically in one of the areas or try 30 questions in the exam mode, which is designed to reflect course maturity in its true form. Good luck!
The best golf apps for the Apple Watch
Golfers who don’t rely on an additional golf watch have been using golf apps that work with a smartwatch like the Apple Watch to improve their game for some time. There are some golf apps that are specifically tailored for the Apple Watch. Let’s take a look at some of them. Apple made a big push into the world of wearable technology with the release of its Apple Watch. While there are many different types of apps that can be used on the watch, one category that is particularly well-suited for the watch is golf apps.
These apps provide golfers with real-time feedback on their swing and conditions on the course. This can help golfers improve their game by giving them instant feedback on their performance. Also, using a golf app on a round of golf can save time, as you no longer have to pull out your phone to check your score or see how far you are from the green, but can now do all of this from your wrist.
So if you’re looking for an app to help you improve your golf game, check out some of the options available for the Apple Watch. We present our top 4 here:
Launched in April 2021, Golfshot offers the Auto Shot Tracking feature on the Apple Watch. This feature detects the swing and tracks the shot. On the watch, the recorded shots can be reviewed and each shot can be viewed hole by hole and each drive. This works very reliably.
Golf Logix is not only available for the Apple Watch, but also for watch smartwatches. It can be used to get exact distances and a view of the course from above. Scores can be recorded via numerical input, and you can also edit the score if you have made mistakes.
Even though the Apple Watch has a smaller display, usability remains a breeze as you can navigate through each hole on the watch. Switch back to previous holes to check your performance against distance information or update your score.
Everything that happens on the Apple Watch (such as score tracking) is also relayed to the GolfLogix app on the user’s iPhone. This seamless interaction and synchronization makes using an Apple Watch on the green easier than ever.
The GolfLogix trial is available for free for your first two rounds.
Comparable in features to Golf Logix is Swingu. With score recording, distance information and a bird’s eye view of the course, all of the features here are also easy to use on the Apple Watch. It is best to test both apps in comparison and choose the one that suits you better.