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The best golf apps for the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is a great fitness watch, but its real strength is its utility. There are an array of apps that take full advantage of the watch’s health-tracking intelligence and more, and few make better use of it than golf apps. If you’re spending your weekends on the course or just looking to improve your short game, be sure to grab these best Apple Watch golf apps.

The best Apple Watch golf apps


golf mat

Price: Free / $29.99 per year

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Golf Pad is a surprisingly comprehensive app considering it’s free for iPhone users. It bills itself as a GPS rangefinder, shot tracker, and dashboard app all in one. The app also gives golfers an aerial view of the course on their wrist, so they can easily calculate if a layup is a better choice than aiming for the flagstick. There is, however, a caveat. Golf Pad includes a paid subscription level that enables support for standalone and Apple Watch syncing and additional features, such as club recommendations. We recommend playing a trick with your iPhone before unlocking the premium tier.

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Golfshot’s big feature is its automated shot tracking system, which allows for a less hands-on approach to golf applications. During your game, the app will track distances per club and various other statistics. Additionally, Golfshot aggregates data from 45,000 courses around the world with real-time distances for each using GPS. These features don’t come cheap, however. Although the app comes with a one-week free trial, you will have to shell out nearly $50 per year to enjoy these features. Golfshot also includes subscription options to the Golfplan coaching library and more. All in all, this is one of the most comprehensive Apple Watch golf apps you can have.


Hole 19

Price: Free / In-app purchases / $7.49 per month / $49.99 per year

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Hole 19 comes with a free Apple Watch stand right out of the club, making it the best choice for those on a tight budget. It mirrors other apps’ free feature listings, including GPS range finder functionality and digital dashboard intelligence. If you need more features, you can consider Hole 19 Pro, which also costs around $50 per year. This opens handicap calculation, distance tracking from the Apple Watch, score on the Apple Watch itself, and club stats. It’s arguably the best-looking app on this list, with clean, concise buttons and readable text.

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SwingU is a complete golf app for the Apple ecosystem and the watch itself. It features integration with HealthKit, allowing the app to track calories burned and distance traveled, among other health metrics. It also offers Apple Watch support on its free tier, enabling distance display and scoring support on your wrist. There’s also a nifty club select feature, using the digital crown to select your club before shots are taken. A premium level unlocks additional options, including comparisons with other SwingU users, wind speed and altitude data, and more.


The Grint

Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $39.99 per year

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TheGrint is a golf app with a strong social aspect. Users can connect to the US GHIN handicap database to regularly update their improvements. Users can also interact with other golfers, post their scores and pictures of their game. Like the other apps on this list, TheGrint also includes a GPS rangefinder feature for Apple Watch users, which includes tracking shots and distance, a scorecard and hole details. There is also a premium service that allows transcription of scorecards, advanced statistics and additional information about your game.

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TheGrint is a golf app with a strong social aspect. Users can connect to the US GHIN handicap database to regularly update their improvements. Users can also interact with other golfers, post their scores and pictures of their game. Like the other apps on this list, TheGrint also includes a GPS rangefinder feature for Apple Watch users, which includes tracking shots and distance, a scorecard and hole details. There is also a premium service that allows transcription of scorecards, advanced statistics and additional information about your game.

Q: How does an Apple Watch rangefinder app compare to actual rangefinders?
A: Naturally, portable GPS devices designed specifically for golf will perform better than the Apple Watch. However, not everyone can or wants to buy additional hardware to keep an eye on their game. In this sense and given the additional intelligence it offers, the Apple Watch is more than a match in terms of value compared to actual rangefinders.

Q: Does Apple sell a golf-specific version of the Apple Watch?
A: Unfortunately no. However, both Garmin and Samsung offer golf variants of their devices.


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