Here is our list of must have Australian golf apps (many of which can be used outside the country):
1) PGA Tour of Australasia – this app is the best way to stay in touch with local tournaments and news. It includes the full years schedule, live leaderboard, tee-times and statistics for the current event and tournament videos and news.
2) Emirates Australian Open – one of the better single tournament event apps around. It has all the usual things you would expect like leaderboard, news, multimedia, all event information and links to social media. This year the addition of the live Australian Open radio stream made it even more compelling.
3) Golf Link Mates – great way to keep up-to-date with your current GOLF Link handicap, history and comp rank. Seeing the results of everyone else in your competition can be illuminating. Also especially useful is the handicap predictor calculator, which allows you to get an idea of what you have to do to move your index down. You need to be a Golf LINK Mates subscriber to be able to access the app.
4) Foxtel Go – if you have a Foxtel account allows you to watch LIVE golf from any device with an internet connection. Great when you are out and about, or when the TV channels have been hijacked by others.
5) insideGolf Magazine* – digital edition of this excellent local free publication. There’s some very good original writing here providing great coverage of Australian golf at every level of the game.
6) Golf Magazine Australia* – localised digital edition of this classic international magazine.
7) Australian Golf Digest* – localised digital edition of this classic international magazine.
8) The Lyle File – Jarrod Lyle is an inspiration. His official mobile app includes playing schedule, news blog, live scores and social media links.
9) Australian Golf Course Guide – includes ranked lists of Australian golf courses (Top 100, to Top 50 Best Design, Top 50 Best Condition, Top 50 Best Aesthetics) and a searchable directory which highlights the special offers available in the Printed Version of the Guide. Each listing details green fees, course description, course facilities, course ratings & info, and contact details.
Other notable mentions worth checking out are:
10) iSeekGolf – score tracking and video app for social golfers who are part of the iSeekGolf academy.
11) Moore Park Golf – multi functional app with score tracking, GPS, tee time and other info. This is a very professional app for a combined public golf course and driving range facility.
12) Drummond Golf – comprehensive app from Australia’s biggest golf retail chain
… if I have missed any, please let me know.
Finally of course please consider our own:
13) iGo2Range – the inspiration for this app was to make a more useful directory app. It includes opening hours, weather and sunrise/sunset as well as travel times and directions so you can easily work out if you have time to get out to practice and see when you will finish. Comprehensive search keys mean you can check out other venues and find out, for example if they have mini-putt or other kid friendly activities. It also has contact details and direct access to driving range websites and face book pages. See more details here or download free-of-charge from the App Store.
(*Note: the magazines are available through NewsStand and are more suited to iPad format).
Aus PGA Tour Emirates Aus Open Golf Link Mates Foxtel Go insideGolf Mag Golf Mag Australia Aus Golf Digest The Lyle File Golf Course Guide