Location Services - Allow access
'Courses' will be the screen displayed right after downloading Hole19, creating your account, and Signing In. Therefore, the first thing you should make sure is to give Hole19 permissions to use your location: tap 'Allow access' > 'Allow While Using App'.
During a short period, Apple will be keeping track of the usage and eventually will prompt you with the following option: 'Keep Only While Using' or 'Change to Always Allow'. Please select 'Change to Always Allow'.
Please note that 'Always' doesn't mean that Hole19 is always using your location, it means that Hole19 will use your location every time it is needed. After finishing and saving a round, Hole19 will no longer use your location.
Find and download golf courses
On 'Courses' there are two main tabs: Suggested and Synced.
When on the 'Suggested' tab, Hole19 will automatically suggest the nearest golf course for a quick start. You can simply tap Start Round to open the Round Setup screen and tap Download Map. After downloading the map, your course will be saved on the 'Synced' tab. Select the button 'Start Round' to begin.
If you don't see the button 'Download Map' as illustrated above, that's because the course is already downloaded - you will be able to find it on 'Synced':
'Suggested' - Hole19 will also present curated lists, such as most played courses in your country, top-rated, quickest to play, etc. If you keep scrolling down, after the curated lists, the nearby courses will show up.
'Synced' - all the courses that have been previously downloaded will appear there. This way you won't need to download the course every single time and an internet connection is no longer required. Yes, you can play your rounds offline after downloading the golf course!
Other Searching methods
At the top-right corner of the screen 'Courses', you'll see the 'Search Icon' (magnifying glass) for a global search and the 'Map Icon' (map) to search for courses on the map.
Select the tab 'Courses' and simply write down the name of your golf course. Alternatively, select the tab 'Locations' and search your golf course by location.
You can navigate through the map and spot all the courses available. It's a great way to also check the course ratings! Course ratings are submitted by the golf course community.