The 12 best apps for golf handicap on mobile

Golf Pad, Hole19 Golf GPS & Range Finder, and SwingU are just a few of the many great apps available to help golfers of all levels improve their game. Whether you're looking to track your stats, find the best courses, or get personalized instruction, there's an app out there that can help.

App Logo Available On Reviews Downloads Features
1. Golf Pad Golf Pad Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 5M+ Free golf GPS rangefinder, Tracks game automatically
2. Hole19 Golf GPS & Range Finder Hole19 Golf GPS & Range Finder Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 4M+ Accurate GPS distances, Automatic score tracking, Live leaderboards
3. SwingU SwingU Icon Android, iOS 4.5/5 3M+ Accurate golf GPS, Digital scorecard, Free handicap tracker
4. 18Birdies Golf GPS Rangefinder 18Birdies Golf GPS Rangefinder Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 2M+ Advanced GPS technology, Personalized training, Largest active golf community
5. GHIN GHIN Icon Android, iOS 4.8/5 836K+ Score Posting, GPS Tracking, Handicap Calculator
6. TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS Icon Android, iOS 4.8/5 793K+ Golf Handicap Tracking, GPS Rangefinder, Shot Tracking
7. mScorecard mScorecard Icon Android, iOS 4.8/5 597K+ GPS distance tracking, Advanced round statistics, Automatic handicap calculation
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1. Golf Pad

Golf Pad Icon

Free golf GPS rangefinder, Tracks game automatically

Golf Pad is a popular mobile app for golfers of all levels. It offers a wide range of features to help you improve your game, including GPS rangefinding, score tracking, statistics tracking, and handicap calculation. The app's user-friendly interface makes it easy to use, and its detailed analytics can help you identify areas where you can improve your game. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, Golf Pad is a valuable tool that can help you take your golf game to the next level.

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Golf Pad - Free golf GPS rangefinder, Tracks game automatically
  • Tags:
  • Free GPS rangefinder
  • Automatic shot tracking
  • Actionable shot insights

Application information:

Downloads 4,900,624
Features Golf GPS rangefinder, distance, scorecard, statistics, maps, handicap, games
Pros Easy to use, accurate GPS, comprehensive features
Cons Can be battery-draining, some features require a subscription

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Got the premium upgrade to synch with my Samsung Gear S2 watch. Started the round, on my second shot I looked at my watch for distance and all it said was No GPS. So I had to look on my phone. I soon discovered the distance only shows on the watch when I'd wake up the phone, which defeats the purpose of the smartwatch synch. I did not have this problem with the free golf navi app for gear, so it is design flaw. Update: After playing around with multiple fixes ended up having to pin the app.” – 2/5 in Play Store

Barry Fuller: “I've been using the app for years, and the premium version for the last year. It has all of the features that one could want, but also has issues that aren't really addressed. The TAGS sold separately do not really work that well with the app. Security settings do not stay set which requires a LOT of fumbling with during a round. The TAGS have to be held in an awkward position for a few seconds to register, which is MUCH slower than just selecting the club manually in the app. The handicap calculator makes mistakes and the developers can't explain why. It's very difficult to even find the rounds being used (and not even possible on the website), but when manually averaging the best 8 differentials from the last 20 rounds, I get a different number than the app calculates. When I brought this to their attention, I was told that 'handicaps are confusing" and brushed off. Could be great if fundamental flaws were addressed. No other app is perfect either, so I'll probably keep using this one.” – 3/5 in Play Store

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2. Hole19 Golf GPS & Range Finder

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Accurate GPS distances, Automatic score tracking, Live leaderboards


Cost: Hole19 Premium (9.99), Hole19 Free (0.00)

Hole19 Golf GPS & Range Finder is a comprehensive mobile app that enhances your golfing experience. With accurate GPS distances and an integrated scorecard, you can easily track your progress and improve your game. The app also provides personalized club recommendations and detailed hole overviews, helping you make informed decisions on the course. Its user-friendly interface and intuitive design make it a valuable tool for golfers of all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a weekend enthusiast, Hole19 will help you navigate the course with confidence and shoot lower scores.

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Hole19 Golf GPS & Range Finder - Accurate GPS distances, Automatic score tracking, Live leaderboards
  • Tags:
  • Accurate GPS distances
  • Scoring for groups
  • Live leaderboards

Application information:

Downloads 3,926,270
Features Hole19 Golf GPS & Range Finder offers precise GPS distances, real-time scoring, and a comprehensive database of courses with interactive maps and hole flyovers.
Pros User-friendly interface, accurate GPS, in-depth course information, social features.
Cons Some paid features, occasional GPS inaccuracies, limited offline functionality.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “I've used this app for about 3 years now and I wasn't having any issues till this year. The issues are, it's not locating my position so it can't find the course that I'm playing to download even though I've played on them before and everytime I try to type it in it just tells me that there was an error but it doesn't say what the error is. App works great when it's working but lately it hasn't been. I've uninstalled the app a couple of times and redownload it again it does the same thing.🤷‍♂️” – 3/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “I really love this app compared to every other golf mapping/stats app out there. The gps is more accurate and faster than 18 birdies and taylormade app. As i have used the app for the entire year, it would be nice if there were more ways to sort your stats (by year, golf course, etc) more than just your last 5 and 20 rounds. Also the strokes gained stat would be a nice feature to add for the advanced rounds, in its current state, there's no real need to ever do an advanced round” – 4/5 in Play Store

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3. SwingU

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Accurate golf GPS, Digital scorecard, Free handicap tracker

SwingU is a comprehensive golf app that offers a wide range of features to help golfers of all levels improve their game. One of the most popular features is the handicap calculator, which uses a player's scores to calculate their handicap index. This index is then used to level the playing field when golfers compete against each other. SwingU also offers a GPS rangefinder, scorecard, and stats tracker, making it a valuable tool for any golfer looking to improve their game.

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SwingU - Accurate golf GPS, Digital scorecard, Free handicap tracker
  • Tags:
  • Accurate GPS Rangefinder
  • Digital Scorecard Tracking
  • Free Handicap Tracking

Application information:

Downloads 3,284,254
Features SwingU is an all-in-one golf app that offers a range finder, handicap tracking, stats, a watch app, and scorecard.
Pros SwingU is a comprehensive golf app that offers a wide range of features to help golfers improve their game.
Cons SwingU can be expensive, and some users have reported that the app is not always accurate.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “The new version is much easier for shot tracking. Not sure about the suggested clubs. That hopefully will get better as I enter more data. Haven't found where I can see average distance for each club. Been using the app longer now. Except when the GPS on my phone wasn't working (old phone problem) this app has helped this new player a lot. Love being able to look back and see how I did at a particular course. The only thing that it would be nice, is if you could look at your history at a particular course. Without scrolling through every round.” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Overall, no complaints for a free app. Wish it still had the old feature where it would automatically switch to the scorecard! Also, would a handicap calculator/tracker be too much to ask? I'd give it 5 stars if these both were added. I played yesterday and it wasn't automatically switching to the scorecard. in fact, I was having more problems than ever before. I've been using this app for several years without too much of a problem. Yesterday, the app kept freezing and then crashing.” – 3/5 in Play Store

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4. 18Birdies Golf GPS Rangefinder

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Advanced GPS technology, Personalized training, Largest active golf community


Cost: Free (0.00), Premium (49.99)

18Birdies Golf GPS Rangefinder is a comprehensive mobile app that combines GPS rangefinding, score tracking, handicap calculation, and swing analysis. It provides golfers with accurate distances to greens, hazards, and targets, along with detailed hole maps and aerial views. The app also allows users to track their scores, analyze their stats, and calculate their official USGA handicap. Additionally, 18Birdies features an AI-powered swing analyzer that provides instant feedback on your swing technique, helping you improve your game.

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18Birdies Golf GPS Rangefinder - Advanced GPS technology, Personalized training, Largest active golf community
  • Tags:
  • Advanced GPS Tracking
  • AI-Powered Swing Analysis
  • Personalized Golf Training

Application information:

Downloads 1,614,658
Features Golf scorecard, shot and handicap tracker, range finder, and AI swing analyzer.
Pros Easy to use, accurate GPS, detailed score tracking, swing analysis, and community features.
Cons Premium features require a subscription, some users report bugs and glitches, and the app can be battery-intensive.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “This was the best app out there, but lately have added too much junk to the in game screen. The hire me button is just way too much in an already crowded screen. I honestly wish that the hire me and solid shot buttons and advanced tools were optional or removed altogether and put under the settings menu. I hate that they decided to make shot tracking premium and replaced with a solid shot button, which I don't use. Maybe everyone else likes the changes, but I may start trying different apps” – 3/5 in Play Store

don thompson: “This is one of the best golf apps out there. I use this app every time I golf. It tracks not only the score and other statistics, but it is also great for providing the distance to the hole. I only have one request which would make this app hands down the best; If the app can be tied to smartwatches for GPS tracking. It would may it easier to track the distance to hole as well as shot tracking.” – 5/5 in Play Store

5. GHIN

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Score Posting, GPS Tracking, Handicap Calculator


Cost: GHIN Mobile (Free), GHIN Premium ($19.99/year)

GHIN, the official app of the Golf Handicap and Information Network, provides golfers with real-time access to their handicap information and a host of other features designed to enhance their on-course experience. With GHIN, golfers can view their current handicap index, track their scores, and post rounds directly from their mobile device. The app also offers access to a database of over 30,000 golf courses worldwide, with GPS-enabled yardage information and hole-by-hole overviews. Additionally, GHIN allows golfers to connect with other golfers, join tournaments, and receive the latest news and updates from the world of golf.

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GHIN - Score Posting, GPS Tracking, Handicap Calculator
  • Tags:
  • Easy score posting
  • Advanced GPS features
  • Detailed stat tracking

Application information:

Downloads 835512
Features Keep track of your golf scores, handicaps, and stats, Access to exclusive GHIN features and benefits, Get real-time updates on your golf game, and more.
Pros Easy to use, Accurate and reliable, Comprehensive features.
Cons May require a subscription for full access, Some users have reported occasional bugs or glitches.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “What used to be the best free app out there is now AWFUL. The functionality is completely counterintuitive. The fonts are too small (making reading the date virtually impossible). Even the most basic function (posting scores) is difficult to do. This is a very big disappointment. With the new handicapping system and daily changes to handicaps using the app should be much much easier. Please bring back the previous version!” – 2/5 in Play Store

Steve Shaffer: “Great App, however it would be nice to have a little more flexibility to correct mistakes. I'm not always good about putting in my score on the same day as I played. Having the App default to the current day has resulted in me inputing my score on the wrong date several times. I would like to be able to disable the date default function to make me have to select/input the date before posting my score. Thanks.” – 4/5 in Play Store

6. TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS

TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS Icon

Golf Handicap Tracking, GPS Rangefinder, Shot Tracking


Cost: TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS (Free), TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS (Premium) (19.99)

TheGrint is a comprehensive golf app that provides golfers with a range of features to improve their game. The app includes a GPS rangefinder, score tracker, and handicap calculator. It also allows users to connect with other golfers and track their progress over time. TheGrint is available for free on iOS and Android devices. With over 793,000 downloads, it is one of the most popular golf apps in the world. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, TheGrint can help you take your game to the next level.. TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS

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TheGrint | Golf Handicap & GPS - Golf Handicap Tracking, GPS Rangefinder, Shot Tracking
  • Tags:
  • Handicap Tracking
  • GPS Rangefinder
  • Shot Tracking

Application information:

Downloads 793186
Features Keep track of golf scores, calculate a handicap, measure distances, and get GPS tracking of your shots.
Pros Easy to use, accurate GPS, comprehensive features.
Cons Some features require a paid subscription, occasional bugs.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Posted a score but only 9 holes were posted even though i played and recorded 18. I went in to edit the score, hit submit, and the changes refuse to post. Played two 9-hole rounds (9hole course) back to back on the same day, but my second round wont post, no matter how many times I try. This app is riddled with small syncronization bugs which mske it impossible to rate a 4 or a 5. The app has a lot of cool and intuitive features, but fails to execute at the high level it would appear to.” – 3/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “I really like the app and everything it has to offer. My only suggestion to improve it would be to fix the GPS. It is very slow to update and sometimes will still show the distance from the tee box even when I'm parked at my ball that I've already hit off the tee. I have to close out of the GPS function and then open it again and that makes it work most of the time. Other than that, I enjoy the app very much.” – 4/5 in Play Store

7. mScorecard

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GPS distance tracking, Advanced round statistics, Automatic handicap calculation


Cost: Free, Premium (4.99)

mScorecard is the most complete free golf scorecard, statistics and GPS app. With over 596,970 downloads, it's the most popular golf app in the world. mScorecard makes it easy to track your golf scores, statistics, and GPS data. You can also share your scores with friends and family, and compete in online tournaments. mScorecard is the perfect app for golfers of all levels, from beginners to scratch golfers.

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mScorecard - GPS distance tracking, Advanced round statistics, Automatic handicap calculation
  • Tags:
  • GPS Distance Tracking
  • Advanced Stats Tracking
  • Automatic Handicap Calculation

Application information:

Downloads 596,970
Features The most complete free golf scorecard, statistics and GPS app with automatic shot tracking, personalized performance insights, and in-depth Strokes Gained analysis.
Pros Helps golfers of all skill levels improve their games, Comprehensive statistics tracking, User-friendly interface, GPS functionality is accurate and helpful.
Cons Free version has limited features, Some users have reported occasional bugs or glitches, Premium subscription can be expensive for some users.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “excellent app, you can keep track of every stroke you take with every club or just keep a simple score card, use gps to find how long your shot actually travelled, you can look back and see every game you played while using the app, keep score for several players and it has hundreds of courses available so you don't have to manually input yardage and par data. all for free” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “A really simple and easy to use interface and a great way to track you progress and handicap. Easy to add players and great to score society and group games with. For a free to use app the GPS is pretty accurate and perfect for anyone to understand what clubs to hit and when to hit them.” – 5/5 in Play Store

8. HNA Handicaps & Tournament App

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Submit scores on the go, Create and follow tournaments


Cost: Free, Premium (4.99)

HNA Handicaps & Tournament App is a mobile app for golfers on the Handicaps Network Africa system. It allows golfers to view their handicap index, track their rounds, and enter scores for handicap calculation. The app also provides access to tournament information and results, as well as a directory of golf courses. With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive features, the HNA Handicaps & Tournament App is an essential tool for any golfer looking to improve their game and stay connected to the golfing community.

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HNA Handicaps & Tournament App - Submit scores on the go, Create and follow tournaments
  • Tags:
  • Handicap Tracking
  • Tournament creation
  • Score submission

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “A good app with one major weakness in Android version, a tedious process to determine course handicap. IOS does this in one click. Look forward to an update in the near future” – 3/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “app is below par - several functions don't work e.g. 4 ball scoring, stats, ... Good for course handicap calculator, score entry and golfer lookup. considering the fees incurred to get affiliated, the app should've been much better.” – 3/5 in Play Store

9. Golf Handicap Calculator

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2020 handicap rules calculation, 9-hole scores combination support

Golf Handicap Calculator is a user-friendly mobile app that helps golfers of all skill levels track and improve their handicaps. With its simple interface and straightforward functionality, users can easily input their scores and receive an accurate calculation of their handicap index. The app also provides detailed explanations of the USGA handicapping system and offers helpful tips for improving one's game. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, Golf Handicap Calculator is an essential tool for any golfer looking to enhance their performance and enjoy the game to the fullest.

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Golf Handicap Calculator - 2020 handicap rules calculation, 9-hole scores combination support
  • Tags:
  • Accurate Handicap Calculation
  • Supports 9-Hole Scores
  • Vast Course Database

Application information:

Downloads 117683
Features USGA conforming slope/course handicaps including new World Handicapping System effective January 1, 2020.
Pros Free app that also estimates your handicap index.
Cons Contains ads and doesn't include social features of other golf apps or allow you to track your strokes by hole during a round.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Golf Handicap is easy to use ... and a great way to keep an official handicap for those without a formal way to do it” – 4/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Simple app for handicap calculation. As long as you correctly enter the rating and slope of the course it will be accurate.” – 4/5 in Play Store

10. Golf Australia Handicap App

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Group/subgroup lookup, Daily handicap calculator, Notifications


Cost: Free, Premium (9.99)

The Golf Australia Handicap App is the official handicapping app of Golf Australia. It allows golfers to track their handicaps, view their playing history, and find golf courses near them. The app also provides access to the latest golf news and information. With over 78,000 downloads, the Golf Australia Handicap App is the most popular golf handicap app in Australia. It is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

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Golf Australia Handicap App - Group/subgroup lookup, Daily handicap calculator, Notifications
  • Tags:
  • Group/subgroup lookup
  • Notifications
  • Daily handicap calculator

Application information:

Downloads 78265
Features The app allows you to securely view your GA Handicap Index, track scores, review playing history, search for courses and much more.
Pros Easy to use, accurate, up-to-date handicap information.
Cons May not be as comprehensive as some other golf apps, some users have reported occasional glitches.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Geoff Lycett: “1. Doesn't save courses. Should at least allow home course to be saved, and preferably also the 5 most recent. 2. After selecting a course/tee it should just calculate. Having a button is a waste of time, effort and screen real-estate.” – 3/5 in Play Store

n johnson: “Have downloaded it. Nice look and feel. It doesn't seem to bring across my existing group handicap display that I have saved on the website version. I'll wait until this info is ported across before I start using this app frequently.” – 3/5 in Play Store

11. Golf Handicap, GPS, Scorecard

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Unlimited scorecard submissions, International course handicap calculation


Cost: Monthly Subscription (£1.99), Annual Subscription (£17.99)

Golf Handicap, GPS, Scorecard is a comprehensive mobile app that provides golfers with a range of essential tools to enhance their game. The app features an accurate golf handicap calculator, detailed GPS course maps with distances to hazards and greens, and a digital scorecard for tracking scores and stats. Additionally, the app offers tournament management tools for organizing and running competitions, as well as live scoring for real-time updates during events. With Golf Handicap, GPS, Scorecard, golfers can easily manage their handicap, navigate courses effectively, and improve their overall game.

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Golf Handicap, GPS, Scorecard - Unlimited scorecard submissions, International course handicap calculation
  • Tags:
  • Golf Handicap Tracking
  • Precise GPS Rangefinder
  • Comprehensive Scorecard

Application information:

Downloads 73997
Features Golf Handicap App, GPS, Score Tracker, Scorecard, Competitions, Live Scoring
Pros Easy to use, Accurate GPS, Great score tracking features
Cons Can be buggy at times, Not all features are free, Some users have reported issues with the live scoring feature

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “This is a perfect App for me. I am no longer a member but have started to play regular again. This app allows me to improve my game and be competitive. It allows me to have a handicap for any social competitions too” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Takes a little bit of getting used to, especially when updating handicap where different results can be achieved by updating after score entered. A friend managed to get 0.9 of a shot back which shouldn't be possible by selecting his last 3 rounds instead just of allowing the app to update.” – 4/5 in Play Store

12. Simple Handicap

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Free to use, Easy to use, Based on WHS

Simple Handicap is a free and easy-to-use golf handicap calculator app that helps golfers of all skill levels track their handicaps and improve their game. The app uses the USGA's official handicap calculation method to provide accurate and up-to-date handicaps. Simple Handicap also offers a variety of features to help golfers track their progress, including score tracking, round analysis, and personalized recommendations. Whether you're a beginner just starting out or a seasoned pro looking to improve your game, Simple Handicap is the perfect app for you.

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Simple Handicap - Free to use, Easy to use, Based on WHS
  • Tags:
  • Free Handicap Tracking
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • WHS compliant

Application information:

Downloads 46,444+
Features Simple Handicap is a golf handicap calculator that helps golfers track their progress and improve their game.
Pros Easy to use, accurate, and helps golfers improve their game.
Cons Only available for iOS devices.

Comments and Reviews from users:

eric wolff: “Pretty basic but I like it, easy to use and does the job. Suggested improvements: -Put a * next to the scores that are currently being used in the calculation. -Add a graph on the dashboard that shows the handicap after each of the last 8 or 10 rounds. -Being able to output the data as a .csv file would be a nice advanced feature to add at some point. Thanks for your efforts dev.” – 4/5 in Play Store

Tim Lanier: “It's a fine app for a simple buddy buddy handicap. It's necessary if you don't belong to a USGA Certified course but need a handicap. It works great and exactly as described, I'm giving 4 stars only because it's not associated with any courses and doesn't have any courses saved into it's database to choose from. But it's a fine app and I'd download it if you're not a member of a certified club.” – 4/5 in Play Store