Apple Watch - How to use Hole19 if you’re not Premium and you simply want the GPS function?

If you still didn’t get your 'Premium Pro' subscription and you simply use your Apple Watch for distances to the front, center, and back of the green, then this article is for you. Here you can see how to use Hole19 with your Apple Watch for free.

If you’re a 'Premium Pro' golfer and would like to see how to keep scores and stats from your wrist, then head to this article to learn how to make the best out of your smartwatch experience.


Before starting:

  • Hole19 for Apple Watch requires at least watchOS 8 and it's optimised for Apple Watch Series 5 and above.
  • Make sure that your devices have a solid Bluetooth connection. Click here for help with the connection of your devices.
  • On your iPhone, please update your Hole19 App to the latest version. To do this, go to the App Store, search for Hole19, and Update. When you update the app on your iPhone, it should automatically update in your Apple Watch but if it doesn't, please open the dedicated App Store from your Apple Watch and install Hole19 from there as well.

How to start a round and use the Apple Watch?

To start a golf round, and to save it as well, you’ll always need your iPhone.

On your iPhone:

  1. Launch the Hole19 app and choose the golf course where you want to play your round. Open it and tap the blue ‘Play Golf’ button.

  2. This will open the ‘Round Setup’ screen, please select the INPUT MODE as ‘GPS ONLY’ and fill in the details for ‘Starting Tee’ and 'Handicap'. 

  3. There you go, now you can tap on the blue ‘Start Round’ button at the bottom of the screen.

Note: If you wish to keep scores on your Apple Watch, you will want to take a look at this article.

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On your Apple Watch:

When you tap ‘Start Round' on the iPhone, Hole19 will automatically open on your watch. In case it doesn't, click here.

It's possible that the ‘Start a Round on your iPhone’ screen appears momentarily before changing to the ‘GPS source’ screen. You can choose the source of your GPS (iPhone or Watch), by simply following these steps: Start a round > Swipe left twice > Tap the 'Settings' cogwheel > Toggle ON the switch if you want to use Watch GPS or toggle it off if you wish to use the GPS from your iPhone. If you choose the iPhone GPS, bear in mind that you should keep the iPhone in your pocket during the round. 

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After choosing the GPS source, Hole19 will then show you distances to the front, center, and back of the green. Quickly change the hole by swiping up and down on your Apple Watch screen.



To finish and save a round you’ll need to return to the Hole19 app on your iPhone that should be showing the last hole played. Tap at the bottom white bar of your screen to open the tray with the Menu, select ‘Finish Round’ and tap the blue ‘Save Round’ button. You can also share your round on other social networks.

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If you're using the GPS from your iPhone:
Bear in mind that GPS distances on your watch will be based on the actual location of the iPhone to which it's paired. Make sure that both devices are within a 10-yard range to avoid pairing disruption.


Some considerations regarding Watch GPS and battery consumption!
Using the GPS from your Apple Watch heavily decreases the lifetime of your watch’s battery. From a full charge, you can expect an 18-hole round of golf to consume between 60% to 70% of Apple Watch’s battery.

Closing (and not using) other Watch applications helps minimize battery consumption during your round. Click here for further tips on how to maximize battery life.


Wake Screen on Wrist Raise!
A regression in the WatchOS 6 causes apps to not appear when you “wake” the screen. You won’t experience this issue if you’re using the Watch GPS but if you happen to choose iPhone GPS, you may want to check this article.


Health information!
If you want Hole19 to show your Health Information such as Steps, Distance Walked, and Calories Burned, please click here and confirm that you've given all the necessary permissions. To keep track of your Health Information, you should use the iPhone in your pocket during the round.

If you've given all permissions and the Hole19 app still doesn’t track steps or other information, please head to your iPhone Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness and make sure that Fitness Tracking is turned on.​’

Please take a look at the following article and see if everything is according to Apple's recommendations:

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