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#1 catcher20

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:30 PM

Iíve tried searching, but have come up empty. For those that have an Apple Watch, have you tried any of the golf GPS apps? If so, which ones and did they work decently?

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:44 PM

I've used Grint and Hole19 on the Apple Watch. I prefer Grint due to a nicer UI and ease of logging your score.

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 02:51 AM

18 birdies works great for me. I tally scores and stats straight on my watch. No extree fees either.

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 04:57 AM

Golf pad works brilliantly. There is an insignificant annual fee. You get a full featured score card and scoring gps app on the phone and your watch becomes a GPS golf watch that works like a garmin (I have had garmins)

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 08:08 AM

After trying a few I stayed with hole 19 standard.  Played about 80 rounds with it.  Battery on watch lasted fine after putting phone in airplane mode.  Yardage worked fine just lifting wrist always right there.  I would keep score and putts.  Next year I would really like something with real shot tracking.  If something like Accros would run off the watch I would be happy.  I like the size of the Apple Watch opposed to the golf specific GPS watches out there.  I had an original Garmin for several years the Apple Watch is just more comfortable to wear.


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Posted 11 December 2018 - 10:00 AM

Do you have to have your phone close by for those apps to work well? I dont own an Apple watch, but I believe my wife is getting me one for Christmas.

The only time this would come into play would be for cart path only days when my phone stays in the cart.
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Posted 11 December 2018 - 03:27 PM

I'm in the same boat with a possible apple watch gift coming soon, I'm a little concerned about a quality golf gps app that can run without requiring my phone. My Garmin Approach X10 has been absolutely perfect for what I need on my course, so I probably would only use my apple watch in a situation where I forget to charge my golf-only watch. I look forward to trying different watch apps anyways though to see what is out there.
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Posted 11 December 2018 - 05:41 PM

With Hole 19 the phone doesnít need to be near you.  Just on the first tee until it finds your course which doesnít really take long.  Then you can really just turn your phone off if you want, the watch works on itís own.  At the end of the round go back to phone and save.  You get an email with your stats.

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 11:21 PM

View PostAugustok, on 11 December 2018 - 05:41 PM, said:

With Hole 19 the phone doesnít need to be near you.  Just on the first tee until it finds your course which doesnít really take long.  Then you can really just turn your phone off if you want, the watch works on itís own.  At the end of the round go back to phone and save.  You get an email with your stats.

That sounds quite helpful. How is the accuracy compared to other methods?
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Posted 12 December 2018 - 10:13 AM

View Postcatcher20, on 11 December 2018 - 11:21 PM, said:

View PostAugustok, on 11 December 2018 - 05:41 PM, said:

With Hole 19 the phone doesn’t need to be near you.  Just on the first tee until it finds your course which doesn’t really take long.  Then you can really just turn your phone off if you want, the watch works on it’s own.  At the end of the round go back to phone and save.  You get an email with your stats.

That sounds quite helpful. How is the accuracy compared to other methods?

It’s as accurate as my old garmin Watch.  It’s never more than 5 yards different from anything I compare it with, Lazers, sprinkler heads, other people’s gps.  And that’s good enough for me.


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Posted 12 December 2018 - 05:24 PM

I have tried them all... Didn’t see it mentioned but I use fun golf. The name undersells it, it’s a great app. I get yardages quick, no phone needed.

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Posted 12 December 2018 - 09:00 PM

Thank you all for the insight... now my wife just needs to come through with the watch...
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Posted 15 December 2018 - 11:02 PM

Got myself a series 4 and looking to run something too later when the thaw hits. I do enjoy using 18 birdies on the phone so might go that route.
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 04:04 PM

Fun golf works well and runs off the watchís GPS so you donít need a phone.
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 12:52 PM

Golfshot best GPS on iwatch


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 03:17 PM

View Postfredst, on 17 December 2018 - 12:52 PM, said:

Golfshot best GPS on iwatch

I tried golf shot a couple of times and it too too long to find the hole.  I tried a few before I settled on Hold 19 for now. I’m sure it’s kind of an individual thing and maybe geography could have something to do with how one might work better than another for each individual.

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 01:29 PM

View PostAugustok, on 17 December 2018 - 03:17 PM, said:

View Postfredst, on 17 December 2018 - 12:52 PM, said:

Golfshot best GPS on iwatch

I tried golf shot a couple of times and it too too long to find the hole.  I tried a few before I settled on Hold 19 for now. I’m sure it’s kind of an individual thing and maybe geography could have something to do with how one might work better than another for each individual.

How do all these relate to watch and phone battery life? I know when I am using my 18 birdies app, my phone battery life gets sucked donw quickly.
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 02:04 PM

Fun Golf has no noticeable impact on battery life. i.e. I have to charge every night anyway I still get through the day. Off charge at about 7AM and back on charge at about 11PM with more than 30% battery remaining.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 08:12 PM

I just got my Apple Watch S4 and downloaded Hole 19. Itís cold here so it will be a while before I get out on the course. Anyway, I loaded my home course about 3 miles from my home and started the round on the iPhone. So it shows the normal hole distances even though Iím not at the course.

On my watch it has the Hile 19 app opened and says to start a round on the iPhone. My question is do I actually have to be at the course playing for the watch to display?

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 05:04 PM

I think you do need to be at the cours I i usually start it when we are hanging around the first hole, once it finds you on the phone and the watch I put phone on airplane and don’t bother with the phone.  I don’t like checking messages, texts etc while playing.


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Posted 23 December 2018 - 06:27 PM

View PostAugustok, on 23 December 2018 - 05:04 PM, said:

I think you do need to be at the cours I i usually start it when we are hanging around the first hole, once it finds you on the phone and the watch I put phone on airplane and donít bother with the phone.  I donít like checking messages, texts etc while playing.

Thank you

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:24 AM

View Postaadadams, on 12 December 2018 - 05:24 PM, said:

I have tried them all... Didn’t see it mentioned but I use fun golf. The name undersells it, it’s a great app. I get yardages quick, no phone needed.
I second that. Great app - stupid name.It is not free though but you get what you pay for.

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:36 PM

I played with my apple watch (with cellular) with arccos last week when weather in MI was in the 50's. Works well enough but I think it still gets distances from your phone, which doesn't bother me since I had have it by me before I got the apple watch. I'm just excited about having so gps I can use for golf along with my rangefinder.
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