CrackBerry Guide to BlackBerry Golf Apps

By Ryan Blundell on 25 Jun 2010 02:51 pm EDT
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Turn your BlackBerry into a virtual caddy with these great apps for Golf!

CrackBerry guide to BlackBerry golf apps

Summer is here and you’ve been itching to get out and golf. Grab your clubs and kiss the family goodbye, it’s time to hit the links. CrackBerry Kevin started golfing again this year after taking a decade off and is now a born again golf junkie (I have it in writing); CrackBerry James is so fanatical about golf he runs a dedicated site to the sport (golfcrunch.com); and our own CrackBerry Obi who you all know well is a golf professional by trade when he's not dropping posts on CB. And me? Well, I used to be king of the mini-putt back in the day (or at least that’s what I told myself). Regardless of the game, I’m a firm believer that BlackBerrys and Golfing go hand in hand. We’ve all seen the company golf tournaments being played; employees making sure the boss wins. Rather than using your BlackBerry to keep in contact with those not on the green, why not use it to help you on the green as well?

What we have here is the CrackBerry guide to golfing with your BlackBerry; where you can find some of the best BlackBerry golfing applications available. Some are designed to keep score; others are designed to help drop your score. So before you tee off, make sure your BlackBerry is ready to challenge your Caddy. Fore!

As with other CrackBerry guides, the golf application list will grow over time, as more must have applications arise in the BlackBerry market.

Single Round Golf Avg Score Calculator 

single round golf avg score calculator

This application simply helps you determine the average round score, as well as the differentials (the actual and the factored). The results are calculated from your handicap and the course/slope rating. The Single Round Golf Avg Score Calculator is available for $0.99.

mScorecard 

mScorecard

mScorecard is an easy to use, multitasking gold application. It supports multiplayer stroke and putt tracking, round stats and game history storing. Information such as handicaps and points can all be easily tracked and calculated. mScorecard enables you to use your GPS to view your distance to the green. Sidegames, such as; Stableford, Greenies, Skins and so on, can be played as well. mScorecard is available for $19.95.

Tee Wagers Golf 

Tee Wagers Golf

The Tee Wagers Golf application manages scorecards, players and courses. Also included, is the ability to play games like umbrella, rabbit and skins. For bragging rights and proof to other friends, you can email the result from the application. Tee Wagers Golf is available for $3.99.

Golf Channel Mobile 

Golf Channel Mobile

If you want to keep informed of what’s going on in the world of golf, download the Golf Channel Mobile app. The application is your portal to tips and tricks, blogs/editorials and customizable leaderboards or scores. It’s a fantastic and informative tool that will benefit even newcomers to the game, as it offers details on demand that’s easy to follow. The Golf Channel Mobile Application is free.

Where to Golf 

Where to Golf

Not sure where you and your friends want to golf? Tired of PUTTering around the same scenery? Find new courses to hit with Where To Golf. This application has information on over 22 000 courses found in North America. Search by address or by your own location; you will receive GPS directions to get there. Each entry will give you information on the course and club, including; green and cart rental fees, training facilities, amenities, yardage and par. You can also call from the app and book tee times. Where To Golf will cost you $2.99.

The Rules of Golf 

the Rules of Golf

Cheaters never prosper, especially in golf. It’s best to know the rules of the game. It’s second best to have a reference point if you forget the rules. The Rules of Golf application provides you with the official rules and decisions of golf, approved by the United States Golf Association. If a situation creeps up, it will probably be addressed in this app. If not, you can email the USGA directly from The Rules of Golf in order to find the answer. The Rules of Golf is available for $3.99.

YouCaddy Golf SpeedPutt 

SpeedPutt

The putt usually makes all of the difference and it’s frustrating if that difference is not in your favour. SpeedPutt is designed to help you prefect your putt, speed up game play and improve your game. After you input the distance, lay your BlackBerry (Storm) on the green. The screen will display an aim line, angle and incline/slope indicators. Now you can tap it in…just taaaap it in… SpeedPutt is available for $9.99 and is only available for BlackBerry Storm users.

The Driving Range 

Driving Range

Practice your swing anywhere and anytime. The Driving Range app swaps out your clubs for your BlackBerry Storm; eliminating broken office windows or monitors. Your Storm helps you achieve the perfect swing, while analyzing the potential distance of the shot based on your speed. Just remember to not let go of your BlackBerry, or the only driving you’ll do is to your carriers store. The Driving Range costs $2.99.

BBGPSGolf 

bbgpsgolf

A do it yourself application, BBGPSGolf allows you to map out your own course online and download it into your BlackBerry, or choose from thousands of already loaded and mapped courses. You can choose between using Bing or Google maps. The application helps keeps track of your score, measures the distance of shots, measures distance to the hole and also recommend clubs. Twitter support is included, allowing you to tweet your shots along with the URL to show the shot on Google maps. BBGPSGolf is free.

Mobitee 

Mobitee

Mobitee offers multiple features to golfers. First, it measures distance from the tee, to hazards and the distance remaining on the green. Secondly, it advises you which clubs to use and provides information on the course. Third, it acts as a scorecard. Mobitee is available for $29.99.

GreenFinder Golf GPS

GreenFinder

GreenFinder offers crisp aerial views of the course in question, with yard markers and crosshairs. Distance to hazards, positioning on the green and other measurements are easily captured (including the distance of your shot). The application includes the option to have your BlackBerry audibly say the distance to the center of the green. You can also look for courses with a 20 mile radius of you and retrieve driving instructions. GreenFinder is available for an annual fee of $35.00.

YouCaddy Golf GPS 

YouCaddy Golf GPS

This application provides various functions, regardless if you are currently on the green or going over your game at home. With the application, you can search through thousands of courses for contact information, strategies, images and conditions. You can also record your score and gameplay every step of the way. Any information you gather and be uploaded to maintain a history and for future review. Users can also benefit from promotions and discounts on fees and more. YouCaddy Golf GPS is available for $34.95.

Swing by Swing

Swing By Swing BlackBerry

This app is a totally free range finder for your BlackBerry. With over 1,000 courses (and more added all the time) and the ability to add your own, this app truly is one of the best. View satellite photos of holes and super accurate distance measurments. Supported on all devices, Swing by Swing is available free from BlackBerry App World.

nRange Golf GPS

nRange Golf GPS

nRange is an easy to use rangefinder for BlackBerry. With automatic access to courses, accurate yardages and overhead views you have it all on one package. Over 16,000 courses are in the huge database, and new courses are added in as little as two days after submission. Currently only available in the US, nRange is a subscription based app but a free trial is available.

GolfLogix

GolfLogix

This full-featured app is free and packs a load of features. Get distances of hazards and layups, track your game and choose from over 25,000 courses already mapped. You can even sync your games to golflogix.com and see your overall performace. Available for most devices, GolfLogix is truly a great app for the avid golfer. Available free from golflogix.com.

FOREEEEEE!

There you have it. A bunch of great third party apps that help turn your BlackBerry into a virtual caddy. And don't forget, your BlackBerry has native applications that will help you improve your golf game. Get your golfing buddy to use your BB's video camera to capture your swing. Take a photo of that crazy rough you had to hit out of and make a note so you'll remember what club you used for next time. When your swing feels good, bust out the voice recorder immediately so you can track those swing thoughts. Put that BlackBerry to work and watch your game improve.

So now, the only thing your BlackBerry won't be able to do for you is drive the golf cart... at least for now. :)

25 comments

volcomstone

Some great golf apps here!! I will be sure to try a few of these out while I'm on the course Saturday!

rdy78

some good apps for golf although i'm not a player myself these could prove to be useful..

cdneeley

Don't forget the golf gps app from Swing by Swing. It's free in blackberry app world and works great for course information and distance to the green. Works Great!

Kevin Michaluk

we'll get that into the post.  if anybody sees anything else we may have missed, drop it in the comments here and we'll add it.

shanky

Totally agree. This app has gotten me through many a round, and a user can add any course that's not already in their system.

rgorman

SwingbySwing is a free range finder app that is ridiculously simple to use. When it works, that is. Had a couple of annoying problems for a bit, but they seemed to be cleared up. If it doesn't have your course, it takes 5 minutes to enter it using a google map interface. If you're lazy, they'll do it for $7(US) There is a scorecard app that you can buy, but the rangefinder is FREE. Did I say FREE? Oh, and I am in no way employed by, related to or have any vested interest in, said app.

rgorman

beat me to it by seconds!

chernij

Do any of them work over here in the UK? I know BBGPS does, but do any others?

mas3222

Seems like an outstanding app, I'm definitely going to have to give it a try

hilmar2k

nRange is a great GPS app for golf. Virtually all courses are mapped, and if any need to be added, they get it done in a couple of days. Really slick app.

209Mike

I was using Intelligolf (Palm to Blackberry). However, the controls on my Bold 9700 don't work at all (i.e. the trackpad is useless) - you have to use "del" key to switch between fields - wtf?). GPS is slow too. Would love it if the company fixed these issues because the layout is great.

As for Swing by Swing, I just tested that out last weekend and loved it. GPS was fast and I was able to fly around the screens. Has online storage and analysis available for all your rounds.

jaider26

What about GolfLogix? I didn't see it here. I too am a disgruntled Intelligolf user, killed by the VZW/5.0 upgrade. Based on the comments, I'll take a look at SbS.

mikeplus1

I will throw in a plug for the free BBGPSGolf app. It works nicely, has lots of easy to use features, great tech support, 1000's of courses or you can add your own if it is not already mapped and it is very fast and accurate. I often use just the distance feature and it uses very little battery power at all on my Tour 9630 or now my new Bold 9650. :D

tlctimfl

I've been using GolfLogix since it became available for Storm. It has it's positive & negative features.
Positives:
*Accurate
*25,000 courses
*You download the course over the air on first tee
*Allows you to keep score on Blackberry
*Capable of measuring/tracking club distances
*You can track your game, ie. Fairways hit, greens in reg, putts, penalties, sand, etc
*Sync your round to their site and view data on computer
Negatives:
*Normal battery would not last entire round so I purchased a larger one.
*Sometimes I need to wait 5-10 seconds for distance update
*I have had a terrible time with support. It seems they have "canned" answers. Each time I emailed their support, their answer had nothing to do with my problem
*Annual fee of around $40.
*Of what I read, if you change phones, you have to pay a new fee
*During a couple rounds, my phone locked up and I had to pull the battery which then lost all my data
*The rounds I saved to their server many times have the wrong course names but correct score card

My opinion: I like how everything happens OTA instead of having to connect to a computer as most GPS's have to do. I like how it scores and keeps data on the web. I just wish they'd fix the online naming problem. Yes, I did point this out to their email support and got a totally different answer which had nothing to do with the problem. I also like the feature of tracking club distances. It stores this data and tells you the average distance of each club. Using this feature, you can find out how far you "really" hit each club. I'm considering upgrading to Storm2 and am concerned I'll have to pay the annual fee again. The battery situation is a problem. I have to make sure it has a full charge when I step up to the first tee...especially if the play is slow. Will I continue using it? Yes.

reboot107

Sorry guy's you missed the BEST Golf app out there...
AND best of all it is FREE AccelGolf. This App provides a Range Finder, GPS Satellite Images. Keeps track of Handicap GIR FIR and is customizable for courses not listed easy to add

Jake-44

Some of these apps look very enticing, now if the thunderstorms would just let up this weekend so I can try out the BBGPS Golf app it would be wonderful!

everlast316

BBGPSGOLF is a FANTASTIC application! It's free, has a ton of courses, it's easy to add your own course if you need to and the creator of the app is constantly looking to improve it. He posts regularly in the forum to respond to questions on bbgpsgolf.com.

I've had this since it first came out and added a few courses before my friends and I went to Florida on a golf vacation and it worked perfectly.

I highly recommend it and you just can't beat the price. Why pay 300+ dollars for a skycaddie??

ashworth

I am also a bit fan of BBGPSGolf. It is always getting better.

It helps that I'm the creator! ;)

soloracer24

As Reboot107 stated you missed the best app (in my opinion) AccelGolf. Scorecard, range finder, Satellite imagery, plus graphs, and the abilty to keep track of which club was used on which hole to provide tracking and even advice!

skwij

Swing by Swing is awesome. The free version (rangefinder only) is a must have, and the paid version will add FABULOUS functionality.

robstyles21

I too am a huge fan of Accelgolf. I used to use it on my Tour and thought it was fantastic. I changed to a Storm 2 last week and the app wasn't working as smooth until they just sent my the 2.0 Beta version, so far so good. They're website is very intuitive as well. A++ app in my opinion.

LLM007

I really like the fact they give you 24hrs to test the application. On all accounts the application work very well and as suggested the course you are playing can be loaded on the first tee. The application screens were very clear and bright on my Storm 2 and I was able to load a ton of data (fairways hit, missed left/right, greens in regulation and putts). However, I was frustrated that the battery ran out before the end of the game. I am sure with a little work from GolfLogix that they could have a application that can run a little more efficiently and within a battery abilities. Second, when I got power back up the round was gone and all the mesurements i.e. drives, irons data was gone. I was however ready to load the final holes data but, no go. Though I really liked the app I will not pay $40 a year for a round a golf that I can not input/finish nor pay any more money to buy another battery just for this. Maybe when they improve the application efficiency I will be back.

rlfisher

MTTgolf is pretty good for only ten bucks. You can roll-your-own course info for courses that are not already in the database. Author seems to make an effort to be responsive to questions and suggestions.

http://www.mttsoft.com/mttgolf/

MPSmith1

Looks like a nice program. Apparently, there is a Premium version, but for the life of me I can't figure out how much it cost. Anyone know?

tajo#CB

Hey guys, definitely check out the Golf Channl App. I've been using it for awhile and it is great to get latest golf info. Not a huge fan of the navigation, but oh well.

Also, there was a great app I downloaded for my Torch that launched after this review called Golf Genie Pro. It provides golf tips for every shot on the course and tells you how to fix swing faults like hook, fat shots, slices, etc. It has very good visuals and clean navigation...very easy to use for a quick tip on the course, range, etc.

Here is a link:
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/11640

Happy golfing!