Best Golf GPS Apps 2023

We run down the best golf GPS apps that offer accurate yardages as well as many other useful features

Best Golf GPS Apps

Best Golf GPS Apps

Technology is such a huge part of golf these days and your smartphone has the ability to download a whole range of top golf apps to help you play better golf and just make the game a little easier whether that's on the course, or when practicing.  The best golf GPS technology combines with your smartphone to give you a clearer picture of the golf hole ahead. 

Usually, the best golf GPS apps deliver a map or birds-eye view and show you where the hole goes, where the hazards are, and give you distances to features like the front, middle and back of the green. Additionally many apps help you understand your game a little better and can give you tips on which club to hit on a particular shot. Many apps have scorekeeping and statistical measures as well. 

All of this is designed to make your life easier and so you are better informed on what is ahead of you. That way you can focus on the important stuff, like specific swing thoughts and the shot you want to play. From standard GPS yardages to detailed hole maps and cutting-edge shot tracking data, there is an app for you. Here, we take a look at the best golf GPS apps available to download to help you find the right one for your golf game. And while you're here, why not check out our guides on the best golf shot tracking apps and devices, or the best golf GPS watches as well.

Best Golf GPS Apps

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How to choose the right golf GPS app for you

Golf applications come with a whole range of features and functionality. For that reason, there are plenty of great options out there, but some may be more suitable to your needs than others. For that reason we've set out a few key considerations below that you should consider when picking the right golf app for your needs. 

1. Features

It is important for you to know what you want to use the app for. There are many apps that give information in terms of yardages and hazards but what degree of detail do you want from the app? Some keep things very simple whether that be easy to ready numbers on 2D displays, whereas others go into minute detail on what the hole looks like and give a more 3D picture of what the hole looks like.

2. Ease of use

Apps have to be easy to use and we would recommend using some of the ones we picked above so you can decide which one you liked to use the most, and which one you found the easiest to navigate.

3. GPS maps 

Depending on where you're playing and how much you're playing, you're going to want to ensure your GPS golf application has enough courses and the right courses for you. The more courses on it, the better! You'll also want to ensure your application comes with comprehensive and insightful course maps that will help you strategise your way around the golf course. 

4. Shot tracking features

Shot tracking features and score card functionality are perhaps the most important functions to have in your application. These can help you keep track of all the data, stats and information about the shots your playing and you can use this info to help you improve as a golfer. 

5. Compete and share rounds with your friends

A lot of applications will also allow you to share scores, data and rounds with friends. You can also access leaderboards with others around the world, connect with golfers and play online in competitions and tournaments with other players. This level of connectivity is a great way to help players increase their social circles and measure themselves against other golfers. 

If you're looking to improve as a player, why not also check out our buyers guides on some of the best golf gadgets and best golf smart watches that you can use alongside these apps to help you play. 


What is the best golf GPS app?

There are lots of high-quality golf apps on the market right now so the best would come down what a particular person is after. For shot-tracking and data analysis, the Arccos Caddie app is hard to beat, whereas if you want an app with a whole range of features the Motocaddy GPS App is an excellent choice. We have included some more of our favorites in our handy guide. 

How do I download a golf GPS app?

Many of the golf apps we have included here will be available through your smartphone on an app store, such as Apple Store, Samsung Galaxy Store, or Google. To download you would simply click on the download icon and use your login information that you first used to set up the phone. 

How accurate are golf GPS apps?

We have found GPS apps to be very accurate because of the investment in GPS technology of late, Brands like Motocaddy, Bushnell and SkyCaddie all make excellent lasers and GPS tech that has now been implemented into apps. 

Do I need Wifi to use an app?

When downloading an app, or the golf course you are going to play, you will need to have Wifi. Once these things are downloaded though, you won't need Wifi to use the app whilst playing out on the golf course. 

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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