Maintaining a Handicap Index isn’t just useful for better, more experienced players who compete in tournaments. It’s for everyone. In fact, those who play golf mainly for fun can actually get more enjoyment out of the game while tracking their progress.
Thanks to new technology developed by the USGA, the GHIN mobile app presented by Sentry brings users a wealth of new features. It’s still simple to keep track of your hole-by-hole scores and stats, but now, the app is armed with course maps & GPS that add a new dimension. Think maps of thousands of courses worldwide, along with useful enhanced features that help you read putts.
To try it out, I visited the Legends Course front nine at Omni La Costa Resort near San Diego. Standing on the first tee, I signed into the GHIN Mobile app via my GHIN number and password, and selected “Play with GPS.” It immediately brought up a list of recent courses I’ve played. I tapped Legends and the app downloaded rich, colorful hole maps. Walking to my chosen tee, I saw the app’s distances for the first hole change with every step – a good sign of responsiveness. Then I started playing.
The app provides distances to the center of the green and touchpoint distances to anywhere on the course. The cart GPS system at La Costa displays yardages to that day’s hole location, so I was able to quickly figure out that the app’s accuracy was spot on. Just like having a trusty caddie, knowing the accurate yardage for your next shot gives all of us, regardless of playing ability, more confidence and a better chance of success.