Golf is a game that gets under the skin, something that becomes more than a game, it becomes a passion, a way of life. But did you know you can use your Nokia Lumia running Windows Phone smartphone to improve your game? Here we check out the best Golfing apps for Windows Phone on your Nokia Lumia.
It was Author PG Wodehouse, he of ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ fame, who possibly wrote more quotable notions on golf than anyone else, one of our favourites is: “Golf acts as a corrective against sinful pride. I attribute the insane arrogance of the later Roman Emperors almost entirely to the fact that, never having played golf, they never knew that strange chastening humility which is engendered by a topped chip shot. If Cleopatra had been ousted in the first round of the Ladies’ Singles, we should have heard a lot less of her proud imperiousness.” You can check out more great golf quotes from PG Wodehouse at Golf Today.
There are a growing number of golf apps for Windows Phone that help you check out the courses ahead of time, keep tabs on scores and handicaps, as well as keep you up to date with the latest news and reviews from the game.
That’s why we thought we’d check out the best golfing apps for Windows Phone on your Nokia Lumia. It is dedicated to those ‘absent friends’ lost on the fairway, playing on regardless of the threat of having to go back to work nagging their every swing.
Rules of Golf (Free)
If you’re not sure where to start on a golf course then this app is for you. The Rules of Golf is the R&A’s official rules app for Windows Phone and offers up everything from on-course behaviour, a summary of the fundamental Rules, to the complete Rules of Golf (2012 – 2015). Designed for quick and easy reference, the Guide is fully illustrated and contains images, diagrams and videos. You’ll also find a guide to the essential Etiquette of the game, in which two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington explains the rights and wrongs relating to pace of play, care of the course, and consideration for other golf course users.
DOWNLOAD: Rules of Golf
SHOTLY Golf (Free)
SHOTLY is the perhaps the most famous and well regarded golf app around and has been helping golfers improve their game for over 20 years. It offers up everything you need, from a Golf GPS RangeFinder, to detailed scoring and stats , as well as performance analysis and handicap calculation. For the Nokia Lumia owner there are also a host of exclusive features, such as GolfScope, an augmented reality visualisation of other golfers on the course, as well as your buddies and their friends, while Tournament Scoring and Live Scoring help you jeep tabs on your score and buddies scores no matter the situation.
DOWNLOAD: SHOTLY Golf
FreeCaddie Golf GPS (Free)
FreeCaddie Golf GPS started life on Android smartphones but the most popular golf GPS rangefinder is now available on your Windows Phone. It offers access to over 22,000 courses mapped worldwide and helps you get the distance to the front, centre and back of every green on your favourite golf courses.
DOWNLOAD: FreeCaddie Golf GPS
Golf Scorecard (£1.49)
Golf Scorecard is an incredibly easy to use Golf scoring app with a focus on a simple, attractive and intuitive interface. It is aimed at stroke based scoring to keep things simple and comes with a clever orientation sensor so you can tilt your Nokia Lumia while playing to see a summary of the score, the current game leader and scroll through the front and back nine scores to see the strokes for each hole played. There is a neat trial version that allows you to try the app and keep score across nine 9 holes. Purchase the app to get access to scoring both nine and 18 hole courses.
DOWNLOAD: Golf Scorecard
Golf GPS (£1.29)
Golf GPS for Windows Phone has produced by Executive Caddie, which it is claimed is the #1 golf app and website. It offers an accurate golf GPS RangeFinder with aerial map views and provides an effective rangefinder with distances to the front, back, and centre of the green as well as the 100, 150, and 200 yard layups on each hole. Golf GPS on the Nokia Lumia also has live-updating aerial map views of the green, the hole with fairway, and your current position.
DOWNLOAD: Golf GPS
Mobitee GPS Golf (£17.99)
Mobitee is the most expensive golfing app in this round-up and offers an excellent GPS assistant, scorecard keeper, distance calculator, virtual coach, all rolled into one app. Inside, you’ll find tools that have been developed by golfers for golfers. It offers up a simple but truly impressive interface that offers you complete golf guides for over 32,000 courses worldwide. There is a precise GPS tool with moveable target to calculate distances on the course and there is even the ability to flyover each hole using the satellite and aerial view of each hole so you can see what you’re up against. You can even keep tally with the automatic scorecard for up to four players at any one time.
DOWNLOAD: Mobitee GPS Golf
Golf for Windows Phone is a simple but effective app that is focused around keeping your score and tracking your stats over a period of time. There is a golf course database to over 17,000 courses worldwide that includes GPS course tracking, while the distance tracker is able to measure how far you hit each club. The digital score card can be saved online or shared with friends via email, Facebook or Twitter. What’s more, you can stay up to date with Golf News, Equipment, and even watch Golf Training Videos.
GolfLogix: Golf GPS (Free)
Founded in 1999, GolfLogix claims to be the world leader in Golf GPS technology and holds a patent on wireless Golf GPS. All of its maps have been verified by millions of rounds of golf played over the past 12+ years and you can now get them on your Nokia Lumia for free. It offers access to over 30,000 mapped course worldwide and offers up four player scoring that can be shared online and via social media.
DOWNLOAD: GolfLogix: Golf GPS
We think these are the best apps for golfers out there right now. However, you may have something you think is better – let us know and we’ll add it to the list