Apple Watch | Start a Round

The watch will check if you have played a round at the current course (closest to you). If yes, it will display the last round type, starting hole, and tee. If not, the app will guide you through the selection process.

  1. Launch the 18Birdies app on your watch; tap on the 18Birdies icon to open the app on your Apple Watch.

  2. The app will automatically display the course nearest to you. Select 'Start Round' to start your round at this course.
    Alternatively, Tap 'Change Course' to display a list of other nearby courses; tap a course to start your round.

  3. Select the Round Type (18 or 9 holes) your starting hole (1-9 or 1-18), and tees.

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Tournament Rounds on the Watch

The watch will check if the user has an ongoing tournament in the current golf course. You may be asked if you want to enable the tournament round; if you agree, the tournament round process will follow.

Distances, Navigation, Scoring, and Stats

The GPS distances on your Apple Watch are based on the location of your watch, not your phone. This means that you don't have to carry your phone around on the course to get accurate distances.

  • Both Bluetooth and cellular Apple Watches are compatible with this feature. However, if you have a Bluetooth-only device, you'll need to stay within 10 yards of your phone to avoid any pairing disruptions.
  • Keep in mind that GPS distances on your Apple Watch may vary from those on your phone app. This is because the distances are based on the location of your watch rather than your phone. 

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Getting Distances

From the Distance screen, you should see three numbers corresponding to the remaining Back, Middle, and Front distances to the green

Plays Like Distances on the watch

For 18Birdies Premium subscribers, enjoy exclusive access to Plays Like Distances on the watch. As with the phone app, the displayed distances will adjust based on wind, elevation, altitude, and weather.

If you have enabled Tournament Mode on the your phone, you will not have access to Plays Like distances, and other features that may violate rules restricting distance measure devices. Learn more here.

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Entering Scores 

Tap the blue pencil icon on the distance screen to open the watch scoring panel. Select the total number of strokes taken (score).

Entering Stats

After entering a score, you will be prompted to enter Fairway Hit, Green in Regulation, Putts, Chip Shots, Greenside Sand Shots, and Penalties. 

Entering your Stats is optional however, your stat history in the app will be more accurate if you enter these details. To skip Stats, tap the Skip icon in the upper right corner of each prompt.

Use the crown of your watch to scroll.

Hole Summary

When you have completed scores & stats for a hole, the app will present a detailed hole summary. The hole summary includes the score & stats entered for that hole.

Use the crown of your watch to scroll.

Advancing to Next Hole

Tap Finish Hole to confirm the hole details and move to the next hole.

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Finish your round

When you've completed all holes, you'll be prompted to confirm your total score. To view more details about the round, tap Check on Phone

If your scorecard is incomplete, we'll prompt you to complete the scorecard, enter a total score, delete the round, or finish the round anyway (incomplete).

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Track your golf shot in 18Birdies using the watch

To track your golf shot directly from the watch, tap the Track Shot icon in the bottom left corner of the GPS distance screen.

You will see your shot distance automatically start to track. Tap Save Shot to stop tracking and confirm the details for the shot. 

Tap Club to change the club you used for the shot, then use the crown of your watch to scroll & find the club you used. Select from your full club list of from Recommended Clubs.

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