The 5 Best iPhone Golf GPS Rangefinder Apps

Up your golf game, view course maps and create player profiles

There are many golf GPS apps for the iPhone so we cut the field down to GPS rangefinder apps. iPhone apps involve some compromises compared to dedicated handheld golf GPS units but deliver plenty of functionality.

These apps consume a lot of power, although app developers have improved power efficiency over the years. Start with a full charge, and use power-save modes when available.

Phones are not water-resistant. Use a protective case or plastic bag in case of rain.

Pay attention to the scorecard and stats-tracking features of each app. Some have more in-depth functionality in these categories than others.

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Golfshot: Golf GPS for iPhone

What We Like
  • Massive international database of courses.

  • Optional auto-handicapping feature.

What We Don't Like
  • Quickly drains battery life.

  • Unreliable syncing between the phone and watch apps.

Golfshot now comes in two versions: "Classic" and a "Plus Scorecard and Tee Times" edition. The Plus edition is also compatible with Apple Watch. The Plus edition also better graphics and flyovers than Classic.

Both versions of Golfshot have the top-line features, but also set themselves apart with best-in-class stats tracking and graphing. They automatically create superb color graphics for fairways hit and missed (left or right), greens in regulation, sand saves, putts per hole, and more.

The course database includes 40,000-plus courses and is always free to update.

Additional features include:

  • Zoomable aerial view with "TruePoint" touch targeting for distances.
  • Shot distance tracking.
  • Automatic course handicap calculator.
  • E-mailable scorecards.
  • Targets and hazards distances.
  • HD support for iPad.
  • Terrific stats visualizations.

iTunes customer reviews: 4+ out of 5 for​ the current version.

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Hole19 GPS Rangefinder and Scorecard

What We Like
  • Sync with your laptop using the online clubhouse feature.

  • Personalize player profiles with pictures.

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to navigate.

  • Occasional bugs.

The Hole19 golf GPS app provides a lot of bang for no bucks - it's free.

We played a few rounds with Hole19, and found it comparable in many ways to the excellent apps on the market that cost from $10 to $30. 

The core of Hole19's functionality ​is its flyover view and distances screens. The flyover screen includes an aerial view of the hole, with total distance to the pin displayed in the top right.

You may tap at target icon and drag it to any point on the hole to get a distance to a fairway bunker or water hazard, for example.

From the flyover screen, you may pull down a menu that presents simple numerical readings to the front, center, and the back of the green (as well as the hole number and par). You may also tap to set a starting point for shot distance tracking.

iTunes customer reviews: 4+ out of 5 for ​the current version.

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GolfLogix for iPhone

Screenshots from GlofLogix for iPhone
 Screenshot, iTunes Store
What We Like
  • Extensive customization.

  • Light on battery consumption.

What We Don't Like
  • Annoying pop-up ads.

  • Technical support gets mixed reviews.

GolfLogix has steadily improved its golf GPS iPhone app to the point that it has broken into my top five picks. The latest version has a sharp, bright, easy-to-use interface built from the ground up for the iPhone.

Aerial views give a great look at each hole, and a summary screen provides distance to the center of the green, layup distance, and distances to hazards.

The scorecard is easy to use and has the look of a paper scorecard. You can easily measure shot distances with the GolfLogix app, and the stats utility captures and graphs a number of stats, including fairways hit, greens hit, and greens in regulation. Includes free handicap tracking.

iTunes customer reviews: 4+ out of 5 for the current version.

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Mobitee Premium iPhone Golf GPS

Screenshots of Mobitee Golf App.
 Screenshot, iTunes Store
What We Like
  • Powered by Google Maps.

  • Email your score cards to friends.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't track fairways hits.

  • No Apple Watch support.

Mobitee is one of the top-downloaded iPhone golf GPS apps. There are versions for both iPhone and iPad.

Mobitee is distinguished by its free and included satellite and aerial views of each hole, as well as video flyovers for many holes. Golfers also like its simple, and easy-to-use interface.

  • Register distances you play each club.
  • Track scoring for up to four players. Set handicap to get net scores.
  • Distance to hole with ​a moveable target.
  • Search, list, and show on map nearby courses.
  • Rangefinder view with distances on-screen.

iTunes customer reviews: 4+ out of 5 for the current version.

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Sonocaddie 2 Golf GPS App

What We Like
  • Easy to use.

  • Fast and responsive.

What We Don't Like
  • Fewer courses listed than other apps.

  • Subscriptions are limited to one device.

Most golf GPS apps rely solely on aerial and satellite imagery to show individual golf holes, but Sonocaddie sets itself apart with bright color-map layout images of each hole.

These color layouts are provided in addition to aerial photos. The color layouts help you identify key course hazards and pop well visually in bright sunlight.

Sonocaddie also boasts a deep global course database of more than 40,000 courses. Sonocaddie has all the features you expect including touch-point positioning, shot distance measurement, and a digital scorecard.