Ads Ads Ads 2/5
I got the free version and used it for one round. It was accurate and worked well but the constant constant hounding to purchase the pay version was maddening. Dropping it and trying a competitor.
Great app 5/5
Love the aerial view congratulations
Stopped working in the middle of my first round 4/5
I bought the Premium version which I used on my iPhone and Apple Watch. It worked great for the first 8 holes and then it just stopped working and I could not get it to reconnect. Since I was in the 7 day trial period I cancel my subscription. The last thing I want when playing golf is software that becomes a distraction to playing the game.
Great customer support staff! 5/5
Yesterday I reached out to ask that my home course be updated im their database sincw it had undergone total renovation 4yrs prior. I PROMPTLY received a reaponse and within a few hours the uodate was complete & I had been notified. This is AMAZING customer service!! Well done Hole 19!!
The most annoying app I’ve ever owned 1/5
I had the paid version of this app, but had to uninstall it completely. My purpose for the app was to use with my Apple Watch, but the app is unacceptably buggy on Apple Watch. It will not allow you to close it. If you close, it will reopen into a round that does not exist on the phone app and drain your battery. If you delete the app from the watch, it will reinstall itself and reopen. I had to uninstall it completely, and uninstall the phone app to stop it from taking over my watch. The app itself was OK for GPS yardages when using it, but the bugs (or horrible design) render this app unusable for me. I will keep looking for a better option.
“Premium” for watch scoring = “buy the rest of our stupid features for the one feature that useful.” 1/5
Charging people for a feature that was free is garbage. I have used this app for years, and I bet if you would have just asked everyone that set up accounts to donate $10 to keep everything free in the app you would have made more money that hocking a “premium” subscription and paying Apple 30% commissions.
Subscription problem 1/5
By C4 mailman
Could not log into customer service site because does not offer a way to sign with apple password. Paid for subscription but still no pro options available. I have canceled subscription and wasted $9.
Needs Apple Watch Complication Support 3/5
Pretty good basic app for tracking GPS distances! Good course selections and fairly easy to use. Real pain is using the watch app - it closes a lot most of the time I raise my wrist, I have to go back to my watch home screen and open up the app again. If I could add it to a watch face (using complications), then the app icon would always be handily accessible (instead of finding on Home Screen).
Free app is great, needs to improve watch premium 3/5
This app definitely has more/better free features than GolfShot but the premium version leaves much to be desired. They market that Shot Tracking works on Apple Watch but after starting & stopping, there is no way to save it. You can continue from where you stopped (unpause & continue adding distance to same shot), reset (sets to 0), or cancel (which won’t save). So if you want to shot track, you have to keep pulling out your phone. No response from support on my email & generically received a “our support is busy” response, so don’t hold your breath getting a response from their support. If you just plan to use the free version, it’s great. Do not recommend paying for the service as it stands though.
Need to significantly improve golf course image quality and app responsiveness 1/5
Need to significantly improve golf course image quality and app responsiveness
Pretty hard to use 2/5
Not obvious about how this app works. I used it for the first time, shot a 46 9 holes, the only data it had is that I hit my driver 115 yds (which is +125 yds off). Now I can’t get rid of that ‘round’.
Not sure how to rate this app..
Great app…helps my game immensely 5/5
By JG in Miami
This is a terrific app. Interface to my watch on yardage is very helpful, and being able to pull up a map and see yardages to obstacles is wonderful. Thanks for the great app it’s one of my favorites!
Version is buggy 3/5
By IM doc
It worked well at my first outing but then the watch app wouldn’t stop taking over the watch screen after the rebound was over. Then the phone app got stuck on the ads decision page- couldn’t get past it. Had to delete the app. Please fix- I’ll be back!
Would be a 5 star app but… 4/5
There should be a way to have a one time payment to get rid of ads, so many apps have this and it’s a shame everything has moved to a subscription service now. It costs the consumer much more than it would normally and personally when I see a subscription service outside of music or tv I try to avoid it. I think at least the ads could be one time pay. I will say though the app is nice to use and intuitive the only thing I would change from a ease of use standpoint is the scoring. There could be a setting that you can choose if you want simple scoring (hit a plus or minus to add or subtract from par) or advanced (the current way the scoring is done which lets you track normal strokes penalties and putts) I like the premium lite. It’s a nice touch for those who buy it to have score tracking on their watch. Thank you for that developers! But yeah pretty decent app just wish there was a one time pay for the ads or even better the full premium experience.
Won’t even let me buy premium 1/5
Tried it out during golf but the Apple Watch didn’t work without premium. I tried to buy premium to use the Apple Watch but it wouldn’t even let me buy it!! Goodness gracious please fix your app. I’m going to SwingU because it’s free! Email me when your app is free for Apple Watch!
Good but not great 2/5
As a beginner golfer this app could be so helpful but for some reason there are only 2 tee options for my home course. I don’t understand why all the tee options are not available. Makes it only good for gps.
By Facebook this
In the golf GPS universe this is one app that you should not use. It fails to recognize your subscription status, gives you suspect yardages, and pesters you constantly for in app purchases. Most golfers will pay for a GPS that works on mobile devices and watches without having to deal with unrelated advertising and buggy scorekeeping. This is Rusty bucket technology.
Used to love it, it’s just OK now. 3/5
Update 2021: changed rating from 5 stars to 3 stars as they took away the Apple Watch scoring feature for free users. This used to be included and now has moved to premium (paid) users only. It’s never good business to take something good away. I have moved to Grint because of this.
This is my favorite golf app. Easy to use, watch interface is exactly how it should be, even for the free version. I’m sure the Premium version is just as great. You need to get this.
Pile of crap app 1/5
Not user friendly at all. I have to take my phone out every stroke. Makes no sense
Ok but not perfect 3/5
I like the app and it is simple to use but it has some flaws. I find the distances reported are 3 to 5 yards from distances given by course. It also does not update distances quickly.
So, I loved the app. I upgraded to premium when it was available at a cheaper price. I liked that it would then, supposedly advance to the next hole. That never happened. Now, I’m told I have to go premium to enter my score on the watch as I’ve dine for two years. Seems like a bait and switch operation. I will be looking for a different app.
Premium lite 3/5
Purchased for my Apple Watch. Does not auto advance the hole. Not worth the $2.99 in any way. The free version is just as good so save yourself the cash
Was great until you have to pay for watch scoring 1/5
Was my favorite golf app until they made you pay a monthly subscription to be able to input your scores from your watch.
All I want is GPS 3/5
The automatic scoring was ok as an extra on hole 19 and I used for 2 years I think. I understand you need to make money, but, I don’t want a whole bunch of complicated add on things. I don’t want to share with friends or measure my shots, or any of the other extras that come with the premium. I just want to simply look down on my apple watch and see how far to the hole. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be an app that does this. Hole 19 does seem to function well once you learn how to turn off the phone and work off the watch so you aren’t using up battery and data.
Watch scoring 1/5
The new update now requires paying for a monthly premium plan in order to watch score. I liked the app prior to this update but will be looking for a new app to use this year.
Now need a subscription for formerly free stuff 3/5
Sorry, not buying another subscription. I just want to use my watch to see distance and record score. Now you need a subscription to record scores on the watch. I’m fine seeing an add or two. Buh bye.
Feel deceived 1/5
By Jaz Onwa
Subscribe premium lite but the app is full of ads and not much value or features became available. Absolutely wasting time.
Thank you 1/5
By tom dorider
This is the last phone app I will try, done! thank you though, all the apps I tried will drive you nuts..... complicated setup and too many features, ads ads ads, go premium! app goes to sleep with phone, start over. If you can afford golf clubs you can afford a real golf range finder device
Good phone app idea that simply hasn’t panned out unless you only golf a few times a year but
then why do you need one in the first place?
Wrist scoring 3/5
I loved this app until they took away free wrist scoring and made it a pay for feature. Now I’ll look for a new app.
Removed scoring features from watch 1/5
The app was solid for years and then they decided to remove score keeping from the Apple Watch in an attempt to get you to sign up for their pay per month features. Such a joke. There are plenty of other apps out there that allow you do that for free. I’d stay far away from this attempt of a money grab.
Thumbs down to pay-only Apple Watch utility 1/5
This was my go to apple on the course until the Apple Watch features became premium. Deleted.
Good app overall 4/5
I paid for the connection between my iPhone and my Apple Watch. I don’t recommend it. The iPhone battery usually dies before the round is over. Nice while it’s working. I’m canceling the link.
I’ve also noticed some discrepancies in the yardage reported. Yesterday on Pinehurst #4 it showed 144 yards to the green when it actually was closer to 180-90. Doesn’t happen a lot but I don’t entirely trust it so I use my range finder when I am in doubt.
On the positive side it’s a very intuitive interface. Easy to record your score and basic performance data. Easy to recall and good data aggregation and presentation. Haven’t used the premium service except for the Apple Watch connection.
All in all a good app to use on an iPhone.
Premium maps are awful 1/5
I have spent the last few months going back and fourth with the mapping team. They tell me that the courses are updated with the latest google maps. I take a screenshot of google maps, “Premium Maps”, and 18Birdies FREE maps.. the one that cost money (H19) is the blurriest of the 3. You click the button on the app that zooms in to the green and it is sooo blurry EVEN WITH premium.. their support is no help what do ever. Until this app fixes their terrible maps. It’s not a good experience. Choose something better!
App update failure 1/5
I have used this app for 2 years. Suddenly I can not access the watch score card for free. Need to pay premium service. Shame on you hole 29,,,, APP DELETED
Personal Caddy 5/5
By RattPack - Breezy
I love this app. It not only gives accurate readings to its best ability but also suggests the club to hit. As an beginner golfer that is a huge help! Yardages are only semi accurate at times I think cuz the app relies on the actual course to update online yardages for each hole. Maybe I’m wrong. Does make for fun in round games with my partner who has a range finder comparing yardages lol. Overall would recommend for sure!
It Used To Be Great But Now They Charge To Use Your Watch 1/5
This was my go to app for golf. Then they decided that using an Apple Watch was a premium service and I had to pay for that. Taking away features and making them a pay for service is not good business. There are plenty of other apps out there that allow the use of Apple Watch without making it a pay feature. So I’m done.
Great customer support 5/5
I downloaded this app this week so that I could use it on my Apple Watch. I soon discovered that the app was using the gps view of my old golf course. (Our course was redesigned.) I contacted Hole 19 regarding the issue and within less than two hours the issue had been resolved. That’s amazing customer service! 👏🏻👏🏻
Watch support removed!! 2/5
I loved this app until they removed the ability to count strokes with your Apple Watch (it’s now in Premium $$$) Dumb decision.
Apple Watch no longer synced 1/5
All of a sudden this app will not sync with my Apple watch. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated
Learning to score 5/5
By T man f
Divorce didn’t even have learning how to score is helping me develop my game.
Was a great app, now it is a nag 1/5
As a casual golfer, this app was awesome in the beginning. The Apple Watch integration was great. Now it just nags you to upgrade for features that now don’t work. A total bait and switch. I would not recommend this app any longer. A subscription to just enter your score is ridiculous. I would be happy to pay a one time fee, but a subscription to just enter scores for a casual golfer is downright rude. Most of the features are way overboard unless you are pro or semi pro.
Good app 4/5
App is good especially with the Apple Watch so you do not have to carry your phone. Only issue for some reason is when I play the one course by my house, it confuses the 17 &18 holes with the second course.
Great App 5/5
Was a bit skeptical at first and didn’t sign up for any upgrades, but after using it for a few rounds at different courses, I really liked it enough to add an upgrade package...what really made me a fan is their fantastic customer service...noticed a missing T box (senior) at my home course...sent an email, got a quick response and the issue was fixed within 30 minutes! Now that’s customer service...love using it on my Apple Watch...highly recommend.
Very good app 4/5
When I first loaded the app, specifically looking for Apple Watch compatibility, I was disapppinted. The Watch to IPhone was intermittent. First contracts with customer support were disappointing. Then, within a creek or so, I received an email acknowledging a problem with connectivity and yardages. An update was issued and since then, yardages and usability have met and exceeded my expectations. Maybe the best/easiest gps app for iPhone and watch. I would rate this five stars if auto hole advance was available without upgrading.
Was 5 Stars until Now... 3/5
By Black Hole 19
Loved it and referred it to friends, UNTIL Hole 19 took away Apple Watch scoring and moved it to the premium package. Now instead of paying for the premium package, I am looking for a new app that allows me to score from my Apple Watch. Taking useful features away is not a good marketing strategy in my world.
Took over my apple watch 1/5
Decent app overall though the free version features are very annoying it has a critical flaw in the Apple Watch integration three days after my round it’s still taking over my watch all the time
Upgraded to premium and the app wouldn’t even work 1/5
Don’t waste your money. Limited support Monday -Friday and no support after that. I upgraded to the premium level and the app stopped working. At least the free app kept score and gave distances. Total waste of money.
Was good for a while 1/5
By Jade Kahn
TLDR: constant moving of features behind paywall makes Hole19 not compete with other apps like 18Birdies
I have been a user since May 2015 during the beta testing and spent time providing feedback and suggestions from the beginning. (Some they actually implemented)
Through the years Hole19 got both better and worse. Better due to better performance but also worse because they would move features to the Subscription side.
While losing features (and gaining ads) is annoying, I get that they are trying to compete with other apps for both market share and revenue. And while I tried other golf GPS tracking systems, I have always stayed loyal to Hole19.
That changes now. In the latest release they removed Apple Watch score keeping and decided that you needed a subscription for it. This was something that was keeping them within range of apps like 18Birdies. So now other apps still have Apple Watch scoring for free but Hole19 doesn’t. It is now part of their “premium lite” monthly subscription. If they had asked for one time fee $5 to unlock it I might have done it. But $3 a month to do what better apps give you for free? No! Loyalty goes both ways.
Anthony Douglas, you have strayed from your original concept and desire to help golfers
A must have golf app 5/5
I am an avid golfer, low handicap. I love Hole 19 for the GPS yardage when laser can’t get it done, using the hole overview to gain awareness on unfamiliar courses, and to track all my stats from every round I play. IF YOU HAVE AN APPLE WATCH YOU NEED THIS APP! Yardages appear right on your watch. Swipe left on your watch and record your score! Love it!