Apple Watch Series 2
I love this app for my watch, but it doesn't seem to use my series 2's internal gps for a more accurate distance. Other than that this app is perfect! Please fix the GPS issue!
Not good for Watch - $20 for courses!
By # Royn #
FunGolf? More like FrustratingGolf! Do not buy this if your purchasing for use on your watch (as I was). While the phone app is fine, the watch app is flakey at best and falsely advertised on their website to smoothly use native watch GPS (from fungolf.com); “You own an Apple Watch Series 2 ? FunGolf knows how to use its internal GPS. The distance we show is measured against yourself, not the iPhone you left in the golf cart.”
In Reality – Fungolf support told me “phone is always the default, unless you turn your Bluetooth off, and before doing that make sure you’ve played the course at least once so it “mapped” onto your watch, and it’s best to just keep the phone in your pocket!”
During 1st round the FunGolf app would just shut off on my watch sporadically (not fun), 2nd round at a different course it worked fine tethered to the phone, and gave great distances from the cart my kid was driving to his ball! So my experience, and support staff confirmed, the GPS is tethered to the phone.
So why did I get a Watch 2 w/GPS? My buddy was laughing at me when I tried defending; “tech support said after a few rounds, it might map to the watch, and I may be able to shut off Bluetooth, and it will maybe work like my old Garmin…..” and I realized this is too much hassle for something that should just work!
Bottom line: I wasn’t looking for a cool app for my phone (which this is) but rather a way to use my GPS enabled Apple Watch 2 on the golf course. Unfortunately this is not the solution and I would recommend against anyone buying an Apple Watch 2 for golf – there are no apps yet!.
Having fun again
By Jimmy DV
This app has truly increased my enjoyment of a golf round - check the reading, hit the shot. Excellent! ... It's a later date and having scanned over som other reviews, I mostly have a few suggestions for the folks who're losing power on their devices - mostly the iWatch. I use an iPhone6, previously iPhone4 & iPhone5 and while I typically go from 100% to 22% during a round. I've bought a small battery pack that works great when the iPhone6 is getting weak ... CAUTION: Be sure the device is inactive everywhere; close all other Apps, clear the Safari App, clear all pull-down Notifications; let the device be 100% dedicated to Fun Golf, and DO consider an inexpensive battery-pack - mine's about as big as a pkg of Life Savers ...
You still would need the iPhone
The iWatch app doesn’t work fully independent from the iPhone. The biggest problem is that the iWatch app uses gps from your iPhone during the golf game. If you left the phone at the golf cart and approach the green for a pitch shot, you would see the distance from the phone located at the golf cart so the information about the distance on the watch is useless. The customer service told me to switch off the Bluetooth and the Wifi on my phone. The thing is that the watch doesn’t download the data to the watch and you wouldn’t be able to see the pictures of all golf holes. There must be a bug. After I bought the app, the watch downloaded the first golf course I played but never downloaded the other courses I played later. For some reason the watch remembers the first golf course I played after purchasing the app. Additionally, it can’t recognize the golf course you want to play. Here in Florida, there is a huge concentration of golf courses. I have six in 15 min. radius. The watch usually recognizes the one I do not want to play. There must be selection available, otherwise this functionality is useless and you would be forced to use your iPhone. There are three courses at my home club. So the first holes are very close to each other. There is no wonder that the watch usually selects the wrong course. I like this app but needs to be tuned!
I researched all the golf apps for my new watch 2. You really could not tell on any of the apps, even including this particular app, whether there was a picture of the hole you were playing on the watch. I wanted more than just yardage. The picture is great for each hole, and you touch your watch to actually move the lines (and get exact yardage) wherever on the course you want to hit to. It worked perfectly!!! I absolutely loved it. My watch still had juice at the end of the day, even after playing golf with it and turning the meter for exercise on and running.
Understand The Good and Bad Ratings
I understand the good and bad ratings. I've had this app for almost 4 years and don't remember if it was advertised as free initially. But it definitely should not be adversised as free if customers can't use any functionalities for free. That is definitely misleading.
One of the PRO's to this app is that this app is the only app that offers a lifetime subscription compared to the other apps I downloaded when I first started playing golf. I refuse to keep paying money into an app to continue using it.
A CON to this app is that iOS 3 on the Apple Watch drains the battery watch fast. I don't know what the difference between other users and me but the battery drains fast on both my Apple Watch Series 1 and 2. Overall, the battery is far superior on the Series 2 but my watch cannot stand up to the Fun Golf App. Today I went from 100 percent to 37 after using it for one round.
I was origially going to write Shot Tracking as a CON but I never knew they had a User Guide until tonight. I looked for it prior to writing this review. The User Guide must be read (in my opinion) prior to using Shot Tracking. I think the stats the app gives you after a round are amazing. Unfortunately some of mine were always wrong because I was inputting my shots wrong. A CON to the shot tracking also is that it automatically selects a club. Oftentimes it would auto-select a club that I wasn't using. I'd go in and change the club and the app would change the club back. I want to get this right but oftentimes I'll just not use shot tracking during the round.
Customer service is a PRO. I've contacted them a few times to get a course updated etc. and they were always responsive. The respective course got updated each and every time.
Graphics is a PRO. You can see from some of the screenshots. It's not a Google Map, etc. that's hard to distinguish one hole from another if you're playing on a links style course.
In summary, I've tried other apps but I've kept coming back to this one. This is my favorite and I recommend. Detailed Shot Tracking can be challenging and it drains the battery on both series of the Apple Watch but this app is a must. Graphics are remarkable. I like the color codes on the scorecard. I've played golf around the world and this app has had every course. I paid $40 (at the time) for the lifetime membership. I think I paid another fee for use with the Apple Watch. Customer Service is excellent and always responsive.
Overall most stable golf app on watch
By Volvo tx salesman
All that this needs is front/middle/back readings on the watch.
Pay to play is misleading.. but worth it
I bit the bullet and chose to pay the mandatory astronomical price for the app, but as soon as I did, I did not find the price so crazy. A LOT of love and work went into this app. The watch works seamlessly with it (OG model). The 3D models are great. My friend and I were gawking at its abilities. I love the fact that you can record the shot to get accurate distance averages for each club (although it was hard to figure out how to use at first). I love that it suggest the club at the start of each hole.
The bad is that there are a few bugs. The watch and the phone app did not track which hole I was on, as it was supposed to. In scorecard mode, it did not change to the hole I had selected in the map view. Whichever hole I choose on the scorecard should show when I hit the map button. I wish you could also tell it if you had a mishit instead so that it would still record the distance and count the shot, but not count the distance in the club average.
So much potential for this app. Happy I paid the money for the lifetime, and I can't wait for the future updates/enhancements they come up with.
The app was expensive enough now they are charging a subscription. Lame. 7 out of 10 courses are not even on here.
The Fun Golf GPS is excellent. The power usage is very efficient and does not drain the batteries on either the Apple Watch 2 or the iPhone.
The features and graphics are excellent. For example, you can set an option on the iPhone GPS to show the golf course just ahead of you. It then recommends an intermediate distance with a short iron when it calculates that you cannot reach the green with a fairway wood. My friend described the app as my personal caddie.
App was good before & now just about perfect. Highly recommend.
App is free, not the courses!!
By GBR Blackshirts
What good is the "Free App" if to use it you have to pay a membership fee to download "ANY" golf course...