Looking for a decent iPhone GPS app

Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

Most the time I use my laser to get yardages. However, lately I've been playing some new courses that call for a lot of target golf. I'm looking for an iPhone GPS app to supplement my laser to get yardages to layup areas where it's difficult to shoot a laser yardage.

I do not care about any other feature. I.e., I don't need to track shots, keep score, record statistics, etc. Accuracy of the yardages is key.

It doesn't have to be free but I'd like it to be reasonably priced since I probably would use it only a handful of times per round.

Thanks!

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  • farley2gfarley2g Members Posts: 18 ✭✭

    Lately i have been using 18 brides since i lost my range finder. I was happy surprised how good the app was for the GPS and ranges were spot on. Bonus is its free

  • Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks. I will check that out.

    I downloaded The Grint on a free trial and it seems ok, but I'm not sure if I want to make a full commitment money-wise if there's something just as good out there for less (or for free).

  • Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I just downloaded 18 birdies and will try it tonight on the course. Just playing with it for a couple of minutes the functionality in moving the target pointer seems easier than on The Grint.

  • ponybreponybre Members Posts: 1

    The Grint has failed me a couple times on yardages where it seemed like it was lagging behind for a few seconds. Just enough for me to grab a club thinking I was 175 out when I was actually more like 160. Once or twice I made a bad decision while trusting it before I realized there was a little lag and some inaccuracy. You can't beat the immediate feedback of a range finder, even with a paid app.

  • swancerswancer TNMembers Posts: 16 ✭✭

    Been an 18 Birdies user for a while and love it. Yardages and course selection have always been good. They continue to add features that are useful too.

  • Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I used 18 Birdies tonight and was impressed. It seems easy to use and pretty darn accurate. I was measuring it against the 150 markers and the tee markers to the center of the green. It was within 2 yards pretty much every time.

  • Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 11, 2019 4:06am #8

    I played The Bull at Pinehurst Farms today (Jack Nicklaus design). 18 Birdies worked like a charm. A guy I was playing with only had a laser and was struggling to get layup yardages. At first I helped him out with my app but about the 9th hole he downloaded 18 Birdies himself and used it for the rest of the round. He was impressed.

    I can't believe the small amount of battery I used. Used it the entire round and burned up only about 10-15% of my battery power. And I was using the phone for other things as well.

  • farley2gfarley2g Members Posts: 18 ✭✭

    glad you liked it! ive been hooked on using it now

  • Big A HGBig A HG Members Posts: 647 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Going to try 18 Birdies on Android for those interested. I don't have an iPhone, but came in here looking for a free/inexpensive GPS app and thought I'd see if the best iPhone app is also on Android. It looks like 18 Birdies is the winner in here and it is also available for Android.

    My home course did some course redesign last year for flood mitigation reasons and my old app is mostly useless for the back nine and I've struggled with yardages. I just looked up the course and it looks like they have the update configuration, which is fantastic.

    I'm using a Google Pixel 3 XL and pending weather, I'll give it a test run tonight.

  • Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Big A HG said:
    Going to try 18 Birdies on Android for those interested. I don't have an iPhone, but came in here looking for a free/inexpensive GPS app and thought I'd see if the best iPhone app is also on Android. It looks like 18 Birdies is the winner in here and it is also available for Android.

    My home course did some course redesign last year for flood mitigation reasons and my old app is mostly useless for the back nine and I've struggled with yardages. I just looked up the course and it looks like they have the update configuration, which is fantastic.

    I'm using a Google Pixel 3 XL and pending weather, I'll give it a test run tonight.

    Cool. Let us know how it goes.

  • larryd3larryd3 Members Posts: 603 ✭✭✭✭✭

    FunGolf is really good also. Works on Apple Watch also.

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  • Big A HGBig A HG Members Posts: 647 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 13, 2019 3:55am #13

    @Big A HG said:
    Going to try 18 Birdies on Android for those interested. I don't have an iPhone, but came in here looking for a free/inexpensive GPS app and thought I'd see if the best iPhone app is also on Android. It looks like 18 Birdies is the winner in here and it is also available for Android.

    My home course did some course redesign last year for flood mitigation reasons and my old app is mostly useless for the back nine and I've struggled with yardages. I just looked up the course and it looks like they have the update configuration, which is fantastic.

    I'm using a Google Pixel 3 XL and pending weather, I'll give it a test run tonight.

    The weather subsided, so I was able to get out this evening. Unfortunately, the course was a little wet, so it was walking-only, which meant I only had time for nine.

    First thoughts: What a fantastic app! I stuck with the free version starting out, but it certainly wasn't short on features. Features weren't something I was looking for really. All I was hoping for was a solid front/middle/back GPS measurement. However, I really liked the goals you can set before starting your round. They were in the back of my mind, especially on approach shots trying to hit my GIR goal. I also was a big fan of the satellite view that allowed me to measure distance on a map to target landing areas. It was easy and intuitive to use. I didn't dive into everything the app had to offer, but enjoyed what it did.

    GPS Accuracy: The GPS was accurately inaccurate. What I mean by that is, I feel like the entire course map is off by about 7-8 yards. That means that on one hole, it might give you a yardage that's 7-8 yards too far, and the next hole going back in the opposite direction might be 7-8 yards too short. On perpendicular holes, you'd actually be pretty accurate. When factoring in this error, the GPS was very accurate. However, it'd be nice not to have to consider this. I submitted a post-round constructive comment about this, so hopefully they take a look and are able to make an adjustment. There was one wildly inaccurate tee box location, but I was able to adjust the marker on map.

    Going forward: This was only a test on nine holes, so I definitely want to get out and use it more. At my home course, the back nine is where most of the renovation work took place during the last couple of seasons, so I'm eager to see how it works on the backside. I'll keep playing with some features and hopefully try it out on some other courses here soon as well.

    All-in-all, I'd highly suggest the app, even if you are a rangefinder user.

  • kevina001kevina001 Members Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    I use mScorecard. You can map the course yourself, so you know it is accurate. I've used several GPS apps, and I like this one the best.

  • scott406scott406 New OrleansMembers Posts: 30 ✭✭

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  • Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Big A HG said:

    GPS Accuracy: The GPS was accurately inaccurate. What I mean by that is, I feel like the entire course map is off by about 7-8 yards. That means that on one hole, it might give you a yardage that's 7-8 yards too far, and the next hole going back in the opposite direction might be 7-8 yards too short. On perpendicular holes, you'd actually be pretty accurate. When factoring in this error, the GPS was very accurate. However, it'd be nice not to have to consider this. I submitted a post-round constructive comment about this, so hopefully they take a look and are able to make an adjustment. There was one wildly inaccurate tee box location, but I was able to adjust the marker on map.

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know if this is common for GPS apps?

  • Big A HGBig A HG Members Posts: 647 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 14, 2019 5:04pm #17

    @Im_A_Savage said:

    @Big A HG said:

    GPS Accuracy: The GPS was accurately inaccurate. What I mean by that is, I feel like the entire course map is off by about 7-8 yards. That means that on one hole, it might give you a yardage that's 7-8 yards too far, and the next hole going back in the opposite direction might be 7-8 yards too short. On perpendicular holes, you'd actually be pretty accurate. When factoring in this error, the GPS was very accurate. However, it'd be nice not to have to consider this. I submitted a post-round constructive comment about this, so hopefully they take a look and are able to make an adjustment. There was one wildly inaccurate tee box location, but I was able to adjust the marker on map.

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know if this is common for GPS apps?

    In my experiences over the years with other apps, it really seems to come down to the course. I've played plenty where having a GPS was almost as good as a rangefinder. Others, you may as well save the battery and leave your phone put away and hope the sprinkler heads (if marked) and other markers are somewhat accurate.

  • SnowPlowSnowPlow Members Posts: 41 ✭✭

    @Big A HG said:

    @Big A HG said:
    Going to try 18 Birdies on Android for those interested. I don't have an iPhone, but came in here looking for a free/inexpensive GPS app and thought I'd see if the best iPhone app is also on Android. It looks like 18 Birdies is the winner in here and it is also available for Android.

    My home course did some course redesign last year for flood mitigation reasons and my old app is mostly useless for the back nine and I've struggled with yardages. I just looked up the course and it looks like they have the update configuration, which is fantastic.

    I'm using a Google Pixel 3 XL and pending weather, I'll give it a test run tonight.

    The weather subsided, so I was able to get out this evening. Unfortunately, the course was a little wet, so it was walking-only, which meant I only had time for nine.

    First thoughts: What a fantastic app! I stuck with the free version starting out, but it certainly wasn't short on features. Features weren't something I was looking for really. All I was hoping for was a solid front/middle/back GPS measurement. However, I really liked the goals you can set before starting your round. They were in the back of my mind, especially on approach shots trying to hit my GIR goal. I also was a big fan of the satellite view that allowed me to measure distance on a map to target landing areas. It was easy and intuitive to use. I didn't dive into everything the app had to offer, but enjoyed what it did.

    GPS Accuracy: The GPS was accurately inaccurate. What I mean by that is, I feel like the entire course map is off by about 7-8 yards. That means that on one hole, it might give you a yardage that's 7-8 yards too far, and the next hole going back in the opposite direction might be 7-8 yards too short. On perpendicular holes, you'd actually be pretty accurate. When factoring in this error, the GPS was very accurate. However, it'd be nice not to have to consider this. I submitted a post-round constructive comment about this, so hopefully they take a look and are able to make an adjustment. There was one wildly inaccurate tee box location, but I was able to adjust the marker on map.

    Going forward: This was only a test on nine holes, so I definitely want to get out and use it more. At my home course, the back nine is where most of the renovation work took place during the last couple of seasons, so I'm eager to see how it works on the backside. I'll keep playing with some features and hopefully try it out on some other courses here soon as well.

    All-in-all, I'd highly suggest the app, even if you are a rangefinder user.

    They probably used an image that was innacurate to map the course. So let's say the image is shifted 8 yards east, holes heading east will be 8 yards longer, conversely holes heading the opposite direction (west) will be 8 yards shorter. Holes perpendicular are splitting the difference and will be more accurate. Obviously courses are not built with holes going nose to tail in the same direction, but if they were in this case, you would see the same yardage error either all short or all wrong.

  • Big A HGBig A HG Members Posts: 647 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SnowPlow said:
    They probably used an image that was innacurate to map the course. So let's say the image is shifted 8 yards east, holes heading east will be 8 yards longer, > conversely holes heading the opposite direction (west) will be 8 yards shorter. Holes perpendicular are splitting the difference and will be more accurate.
    Obviously courses are not built with holes going nose to tail in the same direction, but if they were in this case, you would see the same yardage error either > all short or all wrong.

    This is exactly what I was thinking. The map just needed adjusting. How they can test or correct that, though, I'm not sure. The data/gps points and map they use are likely going to them with this error built-in. I didn't get a chance to hit the back nine last night, so it remains to be seen whether the back nine is accurate or not. They have the correct map loaded, but with the tee box location error I had on the 9th hole during my front-nine trek, I'm not entirely confident that the course routing matches the imagery yet. Maybe tonight I'll get a chance to go out, but a sick wife and kid may ball and chain me for another night.

  • SnowPlowSnowPlow Members Posts: 41 ✭✭

    They need to use higher quality GIS data, most of these apps rely on Google imagery which can be off. Accurate imagery is out there( very accurate) , but it comes at a price.

  • Im_A_SavageIm_A_Savage WisconsinMembers Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @SnowPlow said:
    They need to use higher quality GIS data, most of these apps rely on Google imagery which can be off. Accurate imagery is out there( very accurate) , but it comes at a price.

    What devices use the highly accurate imagery?

  • SnowPlowSnowPlow Members Posts: 41 ✭✭

    I'm not privy to what company uses what. You would have to ask them and do your own research.

  • Big A HGBig A HG Members Posts: 647 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was able to hit the back nine up tonight. I'm not sure if 18 Birdies adjusted the map since two days ago (I'd be surprised if they could do that, much less do it that quickly), but I had some tighter tolerances than on Monday. The best news for me is, the back nine was accurate to the most recent course updates. For the parts that were a little off, I was able to tweak my yardages right in app.

    While playing with 18 Birdies, I was also trying out The Grint for the first time, I somewhat similar app. The yardages I was receiving seemed to be identical to both apps, which I'm guessing means they are getting their data from the same source (Google). That was until The Grint went haywire on the GPS map side of things, so I stuck with 18 Birdies the rest of the way. I do like The Grint for tracking my scoring a bit more than 18 Birdies, and I can do that bit on my computer, which I will continue to utilize.

  • LGHTGUYLGHTGUY Members Posts: 1

    I use Golflogix, I've found it to be pretty accurate. Great apple watch interface and on phone layouts.

  • groachgroach Members Posts: 217 ✭✭✭

    I was using Hole 19 because it was free and paired with my Apple Watch. The yardages were hit and miss and sometimes the app wouldn't load. I just tried Golfshot and will stick with this forever. It's $30 a year, but the app is amazing. Full images of the course, each hole, interactive with real time distances to bunkers, etc. You can also just try it month to month for $7. The price is steep for an app, but when you consider what you get out of it, it's nothing over the course of the season compared to what we all pay for other crap already.

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  • MacSrcMacSrc Members Posts: 7 ✭✭

    I use Golfshot

  • cpeckcpeck North new jerseyMembers Posts: 594 ✭✭✭✭✭

    GOLF SHOT is great.

  • torbilltorbill Members Posts: 346 ✭✭✭✭

    I use FunGolf GPS and I use it with my Apple watch. I love it, and I have tried several others including The Grint, Hole 19, Golfshot, and a couple I can’t remember.

    What I like about Fun Golf (now Tag Hauer) is that you get a plan view of each hole on the watch, showing all significant features. You use the crown of the watch to dial the line cursor to any feature of the hole - incredibly versatile, you get the distance to anything you want. Also, the gps is instant and stable. I ran into problems with lag and instability on all of the apps I tried. In fairness to the other apps, I was using them with the watch, and they are probably just fine with the iphone.

    I have never tried Fungolf on my iphone. If it works like it does on the watch, I would highly recommend it. I use it like you want to use it - I use my laser to shoot pins and various other features that are amenable to the laser.

  • bandrzbandrz Members Posts: 966 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I use Golfshot. The GPS is great and easy to use and accurate enough for me. The scoring feature is easy to use and love the output from each round. I did notice that scoring AVG is no longer part of the statistics. Is this an upgrade option? I’ve been using the free version since 2013

  • Song DogSong Dog Members Posts: 100 ✭✭✭

    The best two, that I have ran into and use is Swing U (Swing X Swing) and 18 Birdies.

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