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#1 torbill

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 06:50 PM



I have the Apple Watch 4.

Here are my requirements:

Reasonable battery use.
Reasonably fast GPS distance - one second or so.
Distances to hazards (on the watch, not the phone).
Shot distance.
Basic score keeping.

I don't need scoring for foursomes, handicap calculation, course tee time reservations, club selection recommendations, and the like. I just want distances and score entry, all done on the watch with reliability and  reasonable battery usage.

I have tried The Grint. Distances are not accurate. Contacted their customer service and they acknowledge the problem with Apple Watch and say they are working on it. Excellent customer service, incidentally, timely and no nonsense or runarounds.

I have tried Hole 19. Excellent, except no distances to hazards on watch (phone only).

I am willing to pay for the service if it gives me what I need.

I am looking to try Golfshot next, but would like to know ahead of time if it will satisfy my needs, as it is 30 bucks. I would also appreciate knowing if there are others that will satisfy my needs.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:18 PM

I've been using Golfshot for years and really like it. The paid version should meet all your requirements, don't judge based on the free version, which doesn't give a good picture of the paid version imo. I like the ease of use and the ability to take screenshots on my scorecards and share them easily through social media after. Other apps have sharing features but I found the screenshots from Golfshot the easiest vs links or other app's screenshot view.

Keep an eye on their twitter as they sometimes give 50% off deals, believe these only work for new customers. https://twitter.com/...887584345546753

Well worth the $30/year imo, though I'm thinking of trying Arccos this year

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:23 PM

Have you checked out Fun Golf?  Works well on Apple Watch 3 and uses the watch’s gps. There is an annual fee but it’s reasonable.  Probably worth checking out.
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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:42 PM

View Posttorbill, on 04 January 2019 - 06:50 PM, said:

I have tried Hole 19. Excellent, except no distances to hazards on watch (phone only).


this irks me the most about hole19. as odd as it seems, I think the golfnow gps has distance to (some) hazards on the watch iirc....but I think I tried it and I wanted more data for free with the scorekeeping that I couldn't get from golfnow.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 01:23 PM

View Postlarryd3, on 07 January 2019 - 08:23 PM, said:

Have you checked out Fun Golf?  Works well on Apple Watch 3 and uses the watch’s gps. There is an annual fee but it’s reasonable.  Probably worth checking out.

Does it satisfy all of my stated requirements?

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:42 PM

View Postogc, on 07 January 2019 - 06:18 PM, said:

I've been using Golfshot for years and really like it. The paid version should meet all your requirements, don't judge based on the free version, which doesn't give a good picture of the paid version imo. I like the ease of use and the ability to take screenshots on my scorecards and share them easily through social media after. Other apps have sharing features but I found the screenshots from Golfshot the easiest vs links or other app's screenshot view.

Keep an eye on their twitter as they sometimes give 50% off deals, believe these only work for new customers. https://twitter.com/...887584345546753

Well worth the $30/year imo, though I'm thinking of trying Arccos this year

I tried Golfshot yesterday. I used the free 7-day paid version.  It satisfied all of my requirements, with a couple of quibbles.

It used about 60% of my watch battery. I charge my watch nightly and 40% easily gets me through the day so this isn't a problem if it doesn't get worse.

It took the GPS up to three seconds to stabilize. Not nearly as good as Hole 19, but not terrible.

I was annoyed that I couldn't modify the default score and putts - then I found that you do this with the watch crown.  A bit funky in comparison to tapping up/down arrows on the watch face, but not a problem.

I really like the use of force touch to bring up the advanced features!

I used the app in standalone mode.

Is this consistent with your experience with Golfshot, or am I missing something?


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:00 PM

View Posttorbill, on 08 January 2019 - 03:42 PM, said:

View Postogc, on 07 January 2019 - 06:18 PM, said:

I've been using Golfshot for years and really like it. The paid version should meet all your requirements, don't judge based on the free version, which doesn't give a good picture of the paid version imo. I like the ease of use and the ability to take screenshots on my scorecards and share them easily through social media after. Other apps have sharing features but I found the screenshots from Golfshot the easiest vs links or other app's screenshot view.

Keep an eye on their twitter as they sometimes give 50% off deals, believe these only work for new customers. https://twitter.com/...887584345546753

Well worth the $30/year imo, though I'm thinking of trying Arccos this year

I tried Golfshot yesterday. I used the free 7-day paid version.  It satisfied all of my requirements, with a couple of quibbles.

It used about 60% of my watch battery. I charge my watch nightly and 40% easily gets me through the day so this isn't a problem if it doesn't get worse.

It took the GPS up to three seconds to stabilize. Not nearly as good as Hole 19, but not terrible.

I was annoyed that I couldn't modify the default score and putts - then I found that you do this with the watch crown.  A bit funky in comparison to tapping up/down arrows on the watch face, but not a problem.

I really like the use of force touch to bring up the advanced features!

I used the app in standalone mode.

Is this consistent with your experience with Golfshot, or am I missing something?

Sorry I just use the app on the iPhone, don't have the Apple Watch and don't/can't play w/ a watch on.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:21 PM

I use Fungolf and it satisfies your requirements. I use it with the Apple watch v2, but I don't think that would change anything.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:22 PM

Aadadams, I thought that I was set with Golfshot but today the time it took the watch to find satellites was terrible. So I am interested in Fun Golf. This is aGolfshot issue, as the watch was lightning fast on Hole 19.

I cannot see from the Fun Golf website how I see hazard distances on the watch. How do you do this? Other than this it really looks nice, and they claim that they are the fastest on giving distances.

I do not see a free trial. Do you know anything about this?

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 02:31 PM

View Posttorbill, on 08 January 2019 - 03:42 PM, said:

View Postogc, on 07 January 2019 - 06:18 PM, said:

I've been using Golfshot for years and really like it. The paid version should meet all your requirements, don't judge based on the free version, which doesn't give a good picture of the paid version imo. I like the ease of use and the ability to take screenshots on my scorecards and share them easily through social media after. Other apps have sharing features but I found the screenshots from Golfshot the easiest vs links or other app's screenshot view.

Keep an eye on their twitter as they sometimes give 50% off deals, believe these only work for new customers. https://twitter.com/...887584345546753

Well worth the $30/year imo, though I'm thinking of trying Arccos this year

I tried Golfshot yesterday. I used the free 7-day paid version.  It satisfied all of my requirements, with a couple of quibbles.

It used about 60% of my watch battery. I charge my watch nightly and 40% easily gets me through the day so this isn't a problem if it doesn't get worse.

It took the GPS up to three seconds to stabilize. Not nearly as good as Hole 19, but not terrible.

I was annoyed that I couldn't modify the default score and putts - then I found that you do this with the watch crown.  A bit funky in comparison to tapping up/down arrows on the watch face, but not a problem.

I really like the use of force touch to bring up the advanced features!

I used the app in standalone mode.

Is this consistent with your experience with Golfshot, or am I missing something?

I'm on my 2nd year with Golfshot and find it just keeps getting better.  I used an Apple Watch 4 and seldom look at the phone while playing.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:19 PM

View Posttorbill, on 09 January 2019 - 08:22 PM, said:

Aadadams, I thought that I was set with Golfshot but today the time it took the watch to find satellites was terrible. So I am interested in Fun Golf. This is aGolfshot issue, as the watch was lightning fast on Hole 19.

I cannot see from the Fun Golf website how I see hazard distances on the watch. How do you do this? Other than this it really looks nice, and they claim that they are the fastest on giving distances.

I do not see a free trial. Do you know anything about this?

Take a look here: https://watchaware.c...-apps/521998621 at the apple watch images below. the dot in the center of the green is the yardage in the corner. Using the crown, you can back away from the green to get distance to and to clear hazards along the fairway really quickly. No diving into menus etc. Unfortunately, there is not free trial. I bought 3 apps and continue to pay for this one annually, while no one size will fit all you can start with a smaller pool of test subjects...

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:10 PM

View Postaadadams, on 11 January 2019 - 03:19 PM, said:

View Posttorbill, on 09 January 2019 - 08:22 PM, said:

Aadadams, I thought that I was set with Golfshot but today the time it took the watch to find satellites was terrible. So I am interested in Fun Golf. This is aGolfshot issue, as the watch was lightning fast on Hole 19.

I cannot see from the Fun Golf website how I see hazard distances on the watch. How do you do this? Other than this it really looks nice, and they claim that they are the fastest on giving distances.

I do not see a free trial. Do you know anything about this?

Take a look here: https://watchaware.c...-apps/521998621 at the apple watch images below. the dot in the center of the green is the yardage in the corner. Using the crown, you can back away from the green to get distance to and to clear hazards along the fairway really quickly. No diving into menus etc. Unfortunately, there is not free trial. I bought 3 apps and continue to pay for this one annually, while no one size will fit all you can start with a smaller pool of test subjects...

I actually decided last night to buy the app. It is not expensive.  I used it for a round today.  It is the best watch based app I have found so far.  The Grint distances never did settle when using the watch (The Grint is working on a resolution to the problem).  Golfshot distances settle slowly and unreliably on the watch.  Fun Golf distances settle by the time I get my wrist raised, and they seem very accurate. I compared them on several occasions with my laser.  I really like the visual interface and the way that I can see the distance to any point.  I don’t understand why the link that you sent me says that you go to a spot using the watch crown.  I just scrolled with the touch screen.  So nice!  Not only is the first app that actually works right(!), it has no obvious flaws. I see Fun Golf is only for IOS devices.  Seems that this would seriously limit their market...

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:44 PM

I'm glad it worked for you. The crown is more precise for me that using the screen, so maybe that was a bit of bias on my part.

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 11:43 AM

View Postaadadams, on 17 January 2019 - 04:44 PM, said:

I'm glad it worked for you. The crown is more precise for me that using the screen, so maybe that was a bit of bias on my part.

Great recommendation. The more I use it the more I like it. It does everything I need, and the integration with the Apple Watch is pretty flawless.  

The one problem that I have found is the mapping on a couple of holes on one of my courses. Normally the distances are in excellent agreement with my laser, but there are problems on one course. I wrote to Fun Golf and explained the problems. I haven't heard a word back. I used their email. Do they not take input re. mapping errors?

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 01:04 AM

I play older courses with stable layouts... So, I haven’t run into this problem. I hope they respond, but my guess is the individual course data is purchased by FunGolf. Whoever they get it from needs to update their database. Do let me know if they respond, and if they can fix it.


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Posted 26 January 2019 - 08:21 AM

aadadams, is there a way that I can keep track of fairways hit using the watch? Not a biggie, but it would be nice.

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 11:04 AM

View Postaadadams, on 22 January 2019 - 01:04 AM, said:

I play older courses with stable layouts... So, I haven’t run into this problem. I hope they respond, but my guess is the individual course data is purchased by FunGolf. Whoever they get it from needs to update their database. Do let me know if they respond, and if they can fix it.

Ha, I just found the Fun Golf reply in my Spam folder.  They fixed my course mapping problem in a matter of a few days.  I haven’t played the course, so I can’t confirm 100%, but I’m really happy.  Very responsive support!!

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 06:34 PM

I like to write my scores and stats down on the card, so never investigated that... I literally fire it up and look for distance with the raised wrist activation 99% of the time. if there’s a hazard to avoid... I’ll scroll with the crown easier for me the torch screen scrolling and my fat fingers don’t always agree. Glad to hear they were quick to “fix” your issue. Funny, but that makes me like the app even more!

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 12:05 AM

I used to use the 18Birdies app.  I liked the user interface of it better than the Golfshot app.  But with the paid version of Golfshot I was able to upload my scores from the app to get a SCGA handicap.  I use the Golfshot app religiously now.  I want to give the skins scoring function a try.
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Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:33 PM

View Posttorbill, on 04 January 2019 - 06:50 PM, said:

I have the Apple Watch 4.

Here are my requirements:

Reasonable battery use.
Reasonably fast GPS distance - one second or so.
Distances to hazards (on the watch, not the phone).
Shot distance.
Basic score keeping.

I don't need scoring for foursomes, handicap calculation, course tee time reservations, club selection recommendations, and the like. I just want distances and score entry, all done on the watch with reliability and  reasonable battery usage.

I have tried The Grint. Distances are not accurate. Contacted their customer service and they acknowledge the problem with Apple Watch and say they are working on it. Excellent customer service, incidentally, timely and no nonsense or runarounds.

I have tried Hole 19. Excellent, except no distances to hazards on watch (phone only).

I am willing to pay for the service if it gives me what I need.

I am looking to try Golfshot next, but would like to know ahead of time if it will satisfy my needs, as it is 30 bucks. I would also appreciate knowing if there are others that will satisfy my needs.

View Posttorbill, on 04 January 2019 - 06:50 PM, said:

I have the Apple Watch 4.

Here are my requirements:

Reasonable battery use.
Reasonably fast GPS distance - one second or so.
Distances to hazards (on the watch, not the phone).
Shot distance.
Basic score keeping.

I don't need scoring for foursomes, handicap calculation, course tee time reservations, club selection recommendations, and the like. I just want distances and score entry, all done on the watch with reliability and  reasonable battery usage.

I have tried The Grint. Distances are not accurate. Contacted their customer service and they acknowledge the problem with Apple Watch and say they are working on it. Excellent customer service, incidentally, timely and no nonsense or runarounds.

I have tried Hole 19. Excellent, except no distances to hazards on watch (phone only).

I am willing to pay for the service if it gives me what I need.

I am looking to try Golfshot next, but would like to know ahead of time if it will satisfy my needs, as it is 30 bucks. I would also appreciate knowing if there are others that will satisfy my needs.


I have tried about 5-6 different apps and found "track my golf" to be the nest app for the Apple Watch.  It addresses many of your concerns but I think you already bought golf shot but just try the free version and see how it compares.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:35 PM

Nope, I didn't buy Golfshot. I did the free trial and found that the GPS settle times were terrible.  I ended up with Fun Golf GPS and I love it.  It is blazingly fast,  accurate, has a beautiful graphic display, has a terrific feature that gives you the distance to any point on the hole, seems to be glitch-free, and uses the watch GPS even when the watch is tethered to the phone via Bluetooth. I highly recommend it.

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