Golf Technology: Best Golf GPS Apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry

Golfers love technology. For all the arguments that our game is one steeped in tradition, history and antiquity, the fact remains that to improve our game we embrace technological advances. The development of a new type of golf club that promises straighter, longer shots, a more comfortable form of shoe or a trolley that will take the effort out of walking often means that we are happy to open our wallets at the Pro shop and spend our money year upon year.

The latest technological gizmo to make a convert of thousands of golfers is the golfing “app”. For those of you who still use a Mashie Niblick and think that a hybrid club is a gentleman’s lounge that opens for a ladies night once a month, a golfing “app” is an application that you can download onto your smartphones. Once downloaded, you can then use these applications for a variety of different functions.

nRange Golf GPS

Long gone are the days when the only Blackberry you would see on the golf course would be the tasty variety while you hacked your way through the rough. Apple’s no longer fall from trees, instead both now have their own special pouch for on the latest golf bag.

The reason for this is because of the apps, that have been developed for the phones. There are many available for each type of phone, one being the NRange Golf application for BlackBerry, iPhone and for Android.

nRange-Golf-App

Put simply, NRange is a rangefinding and scoring app. What this means is that the software offers you detailed information on 20,000 golf courses, in 22 countries. Furthermore, the designers claim that they are able to get any US golf course mapped for their subscribers in as little as two days.

In short, if the course you are playing is included in the app, you switch on your phone, select your course and immediately, using the phone’s built in GPS system, your phone will be able to tell you the exact yardage of your current shot. Furthermore, you can record your score on the phone and retrieve information based on past rounds to analyse how your game is improving.

In short, it does much of what a caddy does, short of hauling your clubs around the green and admonishing you for missing a relatively simple approach to the green.

The cost for this app? The initial download and first three courses are free, after that you can opt to pay for any additional course information you would like adding.

Golfshot GPS

If you are willing to pay for the app, then you can get yourself something a little more in depth. The iPhone and Android GolfShot GPS (Global Positioning System) App reviews have been almost unanimously favourable. For many it is the perfect golfing app for the iPhone featuring 35,000 courses worldwide, satellite imaging, accurate measurements of shot distance, scoring facilities and ease of use. In short, if you use your iPhone on a golf course, you are probably likely to want this app. The cost is $29.99, which considering how much of a battering a credit card can take at a Pro Shop, is excellent value for money.




The question is though; do these range finders, phone apps and other technological advances really help your game?

Certainly, there are drawbacks. Somehow, recording your score with a pen and pencil just seems right on a golf course. Calling from your mobile telephone is forbidden at many clubs. While using it in as a GPS system  may seemingly not contravene these regulations, it is sometimes frowned upon and it may make some people feel uneasy.

It is easy, however, to see the appeal of not having to scrabble around for a pencil at the start of every round, and keeping score in the wet is much easier on a phone than on a slowly deteriorating piece of card.

But the real joy and benefit of these items comes from yardage. The GPS qualities mean that even the novice hacker has an increasing awareness of the importance of yardage. There is no “this looks like an eight iron…” with the GPS system, you know which club to hit. There are many clubs which forbid the use of these aides during competitions.

Golfing apps are just the latest technological advancement on the golf course. Like many other advances, the traditionalists will fiercely resist them, but as long as people see the scores starting to improve, there will always be a market for the next new golfing app.


Editor: I use the IPhone Golfshot GPS – it is accurate and really does help with club selection. On the other hand, I do feel a little geeky using it and my buddies don’t hesitate to give me a ration of grief… As for scoring and keeping a record of your shots (putting, driving, etc.) – it has a complete program for that as well – but I find it a little cumbersome for the time being. As for the cost – it is a great deal as compared with the handheld GPS systems on the market, if you already have an IPhone.


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The Novice July 23, 2011

I was told yesterday that I was allowed to use a GPS device ina competition but not an iPhone. Have you come across this problem at all?

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Tommy Priest July 24, 2011

Our experience is that GPS and IPhone GPS app are allowed in everyday play, but not during competitions. In you case it may be that the club does not want portable telephones on the course (in case it rings) but that is easily resolved by keeping it on silent.

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Charity Holmquest August 28, 2011

There are several more options to think about the topic, but i must say that i like your way, please continue with this excellent works.

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Tommy Priest September 5, 2011

Thank you for your comment. If you hear of any good apps, please let us know!

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Ross October 24, 2011

I did a lot of research on golf GPS apps (and testing of free software, if available) and ended up buying GolfShot for my android, as well as for my mom’s iPhone. It’s always accurate and easy enough for even my mom to use.

The additional tracking options (# of putts, fairways hit, etc.) really only take an additional 10 seconds per hole and provide invaluable info. You can also see all the info for that on your phone or on their website, so you can see where you’ve been struggling lately (putting poorly? missing fairways? etc.) If you track info for your friends and put their email address in, they get an email with their stats. They won’t give you grief if you do that!

My only problems with GolfShot are: if you don’t have a strong 3G signal, the maps won’t work, and the android app is way behind the iPhone.

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Tommy Priest October 26, 2011

Thank you for the pointers! I use GolfShot too and it is a bug help. Haven’t used it for putting yet though.

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Charles November 21, 2012

Was looking for some new golf apps to download, and came across fungolf gps. I used to play with golfshot, was quite happy even though it had a few bugs… but was recommended fungolf by a golf buddy who told that I had to try it. Never gone back since. All courses are in 3D, you can do all the scoring stuff at the end of the holes to follow your improvement, but I just love seing the display in 3D, never seen anything like it, flyover views are great when you are playing a course you’ve never played and dogleg holes. Great app

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Charles November 21, 2012

Was looking for some new golf apps to download, and came across fungolf gps. I used to play with golfshot, was quite happy even though it had a few bugs… but was recommended fungolf by a golf buddy who told that I had to try it. Never gone back since. All courses are in 3D, you can do all the scoring stuff at the end of the holes to follow your improvement, but I just love seing the display in 3D, never seen anything like it, flyover views are great when you are playing a course you’ve never played and dogleg holes. Great app

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Tommy Priest December 14, 2012

Great comment – thank you!

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Sherman May 10, 2013

My Saturday group plays a modified Stableford format. Golfshot is the only golf GPS app that allows me to do a stableford scoring. I use Golfscape and Golfplan apps that work with Golfshot. Check those apps out also.

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Tommy Priest June 1, 2013

We’ll get the team on it. Thank you!

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