Best Golf Apps For iPhone 2023

Golf games, GPS apps and mind coaches, check out the best golf apps for iPhone and iOS devices

Best Golf Apps For iPhone
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Best Golf Apps For iPhone

Golf has moved on so much in recent years and the technology we see in equipment, clothing and shoes has translated into the apps we can now get to accompany our golf. Not long ago, best golf rangefinders of best golf watches were a luxury item. Nowadays you can get course yardages straight to your smartphone for free. 

GPS apps have become incredibly popular over the last ten years and there are lots of them on the App Store. We've selected a handful of our favorites below, some free and some paid for and all we know are accurate and genuinely helpful out on course. We've also included some of our favorite golf games available on the iOS devices as well as some great utility apps such as the PGA Tour app and the official England Golf app for those living in the UK. 

Check out our comprehensive list below and if we've missed any out that you think are worth mentioning, get in touch with Golf Monthly on Twitter or Facebook. 

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What to consider when downloading a golf app

Golf apps come in all different types, so it can be hard to figure out which app you need to help you improve your performance on the course. We've set out a few things to consider when downloading a golf app. 

1. Price

A lot of golf apps can cost money and some even operate via a subscription payments system. Some don't come cheap either, so it's always wise to check on the price of the application you're downloading and whether the features it can provide you are of sound quality. 

2. Pairing with hardware

You may often want to link a certain app up to a piece of hardwear you have, like a launch monitor or a GPS Watch. It's always wise to check the compatibility of that device to the application you're downloading before you go ahead and download the app. Its also important to make sure that you know what hardware you need to buy before you download an app to use it correctly. 

3. Data and battery usage

Some apps can chew through a lot of your data and battery life on the course. That can often be a pain if you need to use your phone after your round or don't always have a lot of data to play with. For that reason, it's good to check with each app how much data and battery life they use before you download them. 

4. Course coverage

If you're looking for an app that will provide you with GPS views of the course and hole you are playing, then make sure to check how many golf courses that app covers and whether it covers golf courses in your country. While some apps profess to give GPS locations on thousands of courses around the world, they can sometimes miss a few out. So be sure to check the coverage of the GPS on the app and its reliability. 

For more information on golf GPS technology and equipment, take a look at our guides on the best golf watches, best golf launch monitors, and best golf GPS apps


Do professional golfers use golf apps?

Yes, many use them in practice to help them analyze their swing, the distance they are hitting the golf ball and generally how they can improve their game. They tend to use them alongside hardwear like golf launch monitors and gps apps to provide them with precise game-improvement data about their game. 

Are you allowed to use your phone during a round of golf?

Yes! The PGA Tour of America recently brought in new laws that allow players to use their mobile phones during their rounds. 

Can I calculate my handicap using a golf app?

There are a variety of applications that you can use to calculate your handicap with. For a more reliable handicap reading though, it's best to consult a club professional who can calculate it for you.  

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Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes since he joined Golf Monthly and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 8.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan is currently playing: 

Driver: Ping G425 Max 

Fairway: Ping G425 Max 

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i59 (4-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 11 

Ball: Wilson Staff Triad