Personally, I find keeping track of my score on the golf course to be a tedious process - and not just because the scores make such bad reading. I always seem to end up losing my pencil, crumpling the scorecard, or forgetting to add my scores.
GolfCompanion turns your mobile phone into a personal golfing assistant. It not only acts a digital scorecard, but can also be used to analyze your performances before, during, and after rounds.
Using GolfCompanion is a fairly effortless process, thanks to an intuitive user interface. You start by selecting 'New round' from the main menu and the program allows you to download the details of one of more than 20,000 different courses around the World. If the course you're playing isn't there then you can add the details yourself (entering yardages, handicaps, par values, etc. yourself).
Once you've selected the course that you're playing, you need to add a player profile. Here you just enter some basic details, such as the name of the player, gender, etc. You can have up to four player profiles stored in GolfCompanion at one time. Once all this info is entered, you simply use the program as a conventional scorecard, only this time you type the numbers instead of penciling them in.
The great thing about GolfCompanion is that it can record data such as number of putts, fairways hits, strokes, etc. and use this information to generate stats. These can be viewed in the form of graphs for each player, so you can all monitor your progress during or after a round. The stats are all stored, so you can get a full statistical overview of all the rounds you've played over time.
Hopefully in future versions of GolfCompanion, the program will let you record even more data. For instance, I'd like to have the option of adding notes about a particular hole, to remind me of the mistakes I made last time. Perhaps also the app will eventually integrate photo and video support for detailed realizations of courses, though I'm sure this is a long way off.
Even as it stands though, GolfCompanion makes for an ideal compliment for any golf bag.