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iPhone Golf GPS App Reviews - Overall Ranking

2014 – unbiased reviews, ratings and rankings of iPhone golf GPS applications. Our editors test and compare the best iPhone golf GPS applications head-to-head. We focus on applications that provide access to a professionally-mapped database of courses, as well as some that require users to map the courses themselves, apps that use the oobgolf course database (which is based on user-generated mapping). We do not review those iPhone golf apps that are limited to tracking scoring only. One note of caution: all iPhone golf GPS applications will burn through battery life QUICKLY, and it is possible to drain a fully charged iPhone battery during the course of a round. So make sure you show up with a fully charged battery, and take a few minutes to modify your iPhone settings to preserve battery life – read our intro to iPhone golf GPS applications for more tips on how to conserve battery life. We highly recommend picking up an iPhone battery pack – check out our reviews of iPhone battery packs (you will see that we are partial to the Mophie Juice Pack).

How We Test

Intro to iPhone GPS Apps

Golfshot

Golfshot

Golfshot sets itself apart from competitors with its satellite images and exceptional user interface and statistics capabilities (viewable both on the iPhone and online). Without a doubt, this application holds a clear edge on all others.
Price: $29.99
Download Golfshot from iTunes

Score

93

Grade

A-


GolfLogix

GolfLogix

A very polished interface and a perfect score in our course coverage test are the strengths of the GolfLogix application. But lack of ability to control the view displayed and a steep price tag temper our enthusiasm.
Price: Free 24-hour trial, $39.95 yearly thereafter
Download GolfLogix from iTunes

Score

87

Grade

B+


GolfLink

GolfLink

The GolfLink iPhone app is a recent release from the online golf portal of the same name. While it seems with this introduction that GolfLink is trying to grow beyond being a mere content provider, the level of quality of the app tells us that this might just be, like Steve Jobs would say about the AppleTV, “a hobby.”
Price: $9.99
Download Golflink from iTunes

Score

85

Grade

B


Golfscape

Golfscape

An augmented reality iPhone golf GPS app?! Yup, it’s true. The good news is when it’s working it’s a pretty nifty app to show off to your friends. The bad news is that the current version is riddled with bugs. We would love to spend more time, but we’ll wait until the app is more stable.
Price: $19.99
Download Golfscape from iTunes

iGolf

iGolf

As hard as we tried, we never could get this app to launch successfully, receiving a variety of error messages upon launch. At least there is a 24-hour trial so players can see if the app works for them before purchase. And if you succeed, you get the pleasure of paying a blistering $50 yearly to access the iGolf GPS database, the highest-priced iPhone golf GPS app tested.
Price: Free for the basics, $50 per year for GPS functionality
Download iGolf Golf GPS for iPhone from iTunes

Sonocaddie

Sonocaddie

We attempted a number of times to test Sonocaddie for the iPhone, only to find that it does not work on the new iPhone OS4.0. Most iPhone golf GPS app companies have been quick to make this transition to the latest operating system, and we take this as a bad sign of how the Sonocaddie app was developed. We’re going to wait for availability o the latest OS arrives before reviewing.
Price: $34.99
Download Sonocaddie from iTunes