Be honest iPhone devotees: Can you imagine your life without the Apple App Store?
Hard to believe, yes, but you actually got along fine without it just five short years ago. That's right – in June 2008, such a dreamland didn't even exist.
But oh how we're thankful it came into our lives. So join us in wishing the Apple App Store a happy fifth birthday.
Naturally, this calls for a list. Here are the nine best free golf apps for your iPhone (click here for the best paid apps):
Flick Golf – We all wish the game of golf were simple. This one is. Just flick your shot on the No. 1 sports game in more than 100 countries.
GolfLogix GPS – The No. 1 golf app for nearly as long as the App Store has been around, GolfLogix GPS features distances on any course in the world, four-player scoring and stats, a live-streaming golf news feed, and deals with companies like Golfsmith and Golf Digest.
iPing – This putting app from PING is free, but the cradle it needs to attach to your putter is not (it's about $30). Once you have the cradle, the app analyzes your impact angle, measures your stroke tempo, and gives you a consistency score.
My Pro To Go – Record your swing and send it in using the app, then a certified GolfTEC coach will respond with an evaluation. More features available for purchase.
Nike Golf 360 – Keep score on more than 30,000 courses worldwide; analyze stats like driving accuracy, greens in regulation, and putts per round; and access golf-specific workout videos.
PGA TOUR Caddie – View more than 500,000 greens on 40,000 courses across the world, in addition to fly over previews of each hole. A 30-day free trial offers shot distances and club recommendations. And the for-purchase TOURAcademy shows tips and drills videos.
Swing By Swing Golf GPS – This one gives you a full GPS rangefinder for nearly 35,000 courses, satellite images, shot distance tracking, as wells as graphs and stats so you can watch the improvement of your game.
WGT Golf Lite – The No. 1 golf game on the internet makes its way to mobile. You can only play closest-to-the-hole games, not full stroke play, but World Golf Tour allows you to play some of the world's most famous courses.
Who's Your Caddy – Read and/or watch tips from club pros about a specified course, and register to win Gimmes, which are prizes awarded for frequent use and loyalty.