Course Maps and GPS features were added free in late July to the Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) Mobile App that Golf Association of Michigan members can use to post their golf scores.
GAM golfers can now play with GPS on thousands of courses worldwide and get touch-point GPS distance to any spot on those courses as well as the distance to the center of the green.
It’s part of an app upgrade (App 4.50, July 26) that GHIN is offering and includes an approach heat map, putt break map, shot tracking and more.
“The course maps and GPS features are a great added benefit for GAM members who already use the app,” said Kyle Wolfe, director of handicapping, course rating and junior golf for the GAM.
"This could also be a reason for people to try the going forward, and it should provide a better experience for them when they are playing golf."
Wolfe said initial feedback has been very positive.
“The usage and feedback were more than we thought we would initially get,” he said. “The other thing that has helped is the USGA working alongside an already established company (GolfLogix) to develop this makes the product viable and able to be implemented and used right away.”
The GHIN Mobile App is a service offered by the USGA to the members of golf associations like the GAM around the world.
Features beyond the new GPS additions include score posting with total score, hole-by-hole and hole-by-hole with stats options, stat tracking, as in the number of putts, greens in regulation and driving accuracy, score history, golfer lookup and a Course Handicap Calculator.
Wolfe said the app is accurate and an improvement over systems that need laser site lines to measure distances on the course.
“A golfer can be a fairway over or even two fairways over with trees in the way, and they can still get a very accurate yardage,” he said. “Potentially it can help their play, and perhaps speed up play as well.”