Best Golf GPS Apps to Download

The way we enjoy the game has changed dramatically in recent years, with the introduction of smartphones and smartwatches giving us more information than ever about the sport we love. Many of these can be used to provide live data on the pitch, such as distances from flags or hazards, while others specialize in analyzing your play after the round. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a golf app to suit your needs. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below, but why not tell us which apps have become part of your golf routine?

Hole19 App

One of the UK’s most widely used golf apps, Hole19 boasts an extensive list of features, designed for use both on and off the course. While there is a Premium version that adds more statistical analysis, club recommendations, more detailed maps, and removes ads, the free version of Hole19 is more than enough for most golfers.

On the course there’s GPS mapping for over 40,000 golf courses, with the app able to keep track of your scores and even compete against your peers in multiplayer. Ongoing features can be accessed through the app for both phone and wearable technology (watches), and one of our favorite features is the “offline mode” which means you can save some of your data (and drums) during the round. Once you return home, you can check your performance stats, which show you exactly where you’re losing (or winning) shots, providing a detailed assessment of areas that need more work!

All in all, Hole19 is a solid product offering and definitely one to check out if you’re looking for a golf app that does it all.

In truth, there are many similarities in features between 18Birdies and the aforementioned 19th Hole. Both offer GPS, statistical tracking, and multiplayer options. However, there are some additional features in 18Birdies that may be of great interest to some. First of all, the app has a built-in AI coach, allowing you to upload your own swing and get instant recommendations and tips. The 18Birdies app also helps create a handicap for you based on your scores within the free version (this is found within the ‘Premium’ section of Hole19).

In terms of the 18Birdies paid offering, there are some unique features, including Caddy+…a Tour-like digital caddy to help recommend clubs and strategies on the course. There’s also a live weather map, which is handy to have, although we’re sure you’ll already have an app (or two!) to help you with this on your phone. One final feature (which is cool) is the Blind Shot compass. Sounds simple, right? But the ability to know exactly where you’re hitting when you can’t see the pin is hugely useful, and much more worthy than running back and forth between your ball and where your ball probably should be!

Tag Heuer launched its golf app in association with its Connected Golf Watch, although it is also available for use on Apple and Android products. While there are post-round stats to look into, these are relatively simple compared to some of the other apps on the market. Don’t let this put you off though, as the simplistic nature of the app is actually one of its main benefits. If you’re primarily looking for a portable GPS, the Tag Heuer Golf app is great, and unlike others, it scrolls up and down on the hole you’re playing for more exact yardage, rather than just a ‘front, middle back ‘ option in the green.

As you’d expect from Tag Heuer, the app is relatively premium in nature as a whole, with brilliant graphics showing off each hole well. This looks particularly good on mobile and can be a lifesaver when playing on an unfamiliar course. That said, if you’re pairing it with the latest Tag Heuer Connected Watch, you’ll also benefit from the app’s ability to automatically track your shots, as well as a magnetic ball marker built into the watch strap.

Many will be familiar with the Arccos shot tracking system thanks to its associations with leading manufacturers such as PING and Cobra. Small sensors are placed inside the grips and paired with the app on a mobile phone or wearable device. Arccos differs from most of the other apps mentioned in that it has been designed primarily to pair with your hardware, although golfers can download the app and access some of the GPS features without having the sensors. However, we recommend going with Arcoss or not, as the entire ecosystem works much better when used this way.

We love the shots gained analysis that comes from the app, as well as the club recommender (based on your exact yardage, collected by the system, straight from your clubs!). Within his profile as well, you can look for recommendations of ‘what to work on’, with Arcoss stating that his active users typically reduce their debuffs by up to 5 hits. A serious consideration then for those looking to improve their score.

golf shot

Golfshot is perhaps a bit more US-focused than some of the other apps mentioned so far, though it’s still fine to use around the world. Americans can link their GHIN (handicap) directly and upload scores from the app, eliminating the need for multiple logins to different apps before the round. Another cool feature of Golfshot is its voice assistant, which allows you to leave your phone in your bag and simply ask the green for a number. However, be careful not to use it while playing!

A final great benefit of Golfshot is its partnership with GolfNow, which allows users to book their tee-times directly through the app, again reducing the overall number of different golf apps you may need in your life.

SwingU App

Last but not least is SwingU. Like others, the app offers real-time GPS data as well as scoring functionality and post-round statistical analysis. This is done using earned hits, making it one of the most accurate and easy to understand upgrade systems. The paid version of SwingU also has some great additions, like the ‘plays like’ number for your distances, as well as wind and elevation data, and even green reading maps!

Be careful though, as not all of these will be eligible in the competition. Although there is nothing wrong with using them in a practice round to familiarize yourself with your own course or a new venue before a major tournament.


Related content

What should be in your golf bag this season

How many wedges do you need in your golf bag?

How to fill the top end of your golf bag

Leave a Comment