With so many gadgets now available you may feel that a GPS golf system is a step too far. If that's the case then you might like to consider using your smartphone as a GPS system and, thankfully, there is already an app for that.
Installing golf GPS software might give you access to preloaded course maps or you might have to do some mapping yourself if the course has not already been mapped. Mapping courses yourself does not usually take long and whilst this does involve time, it does allow you to create your own distance points on the map to suit your game, like special lay-up areas.
With our pockets overflowing with gadgetry these days it is certainly a tempting option to combine your golf GPS system with your existing phone and, as you only need to buy the golf GPS software, it can also be a cheaper option.
On the plus side this gives you access to many of the key features of any golf GPS handheld device without the need to shell out for hardware and operation of the software should prove quite simple if you are already adept at working your phone.
As many are effectively online based, then there are usually more interactive features such as live scoring, shot distance averaging and live online scorecards and maps for others to follow your progress around the course online.
On the downside the quality of the GPS system may not be as good as a dedicated device and battery life is likely to be shorter. A dedicated golf GPS handheld device usually has power to last for several rounds on a single charge, whereas a phone is not and if battery power is a problem with your handset then it is unlikely to last through a full round of use.
Installing golf GPS software on your phone will mean you are governed by the same rules and restrictions as any such device would be. If, however, the course you are playing has a total ban on mobile phones then you would be unable to use your GPS system, a major consideration if a course you play regularly has such a local rule.