Must-Download Apps for Golf Course Superintendents

Must-Download Apps for Golf Course Superintendents

There are a lot of useful apps available in smartphones that can be extremely helpful for golf superintendents. From productivity to monitoring weather and managing irrigation, we list apps that every golf superintendent must have.

Core Apps (installed by default)

E-mail, Contacts, Calendar

You can multi-task while on course, sending e-mails to contacts and managing multiple calendars at once. Your calendar can also by synced to your computer, ensuring that you do not miss an event, appointment or meeting.

Phone, Text, Safari

Communication can easily be done between your staff or vendors through your smartphone – whether it’s by SMS, phone calls, e-mails or lately, social media.

Camera + Video

Taking pictures has never been easier with the smartphone. You can take pictures of projects or photograph current issues on the golf course – disease pictures, vandalism, equipment issues – and file them for evidence or report it right away (by sending an e-mail).

It also makes for a great photo journal or blog, if you have one.

Clock

More than just telling you the time, the app can set alarm meetings and function as a stopwatch and timer for sprayer calibrations.

Reminders, Notes

“Write it down” is now easily done. Dump all your to do lists in this app and have it sync across devices.

iPod, iBooks

Your smartphone can be for entertainment and educational purposes as well. Listening to music or better yet, podcasts while supervising the course is a great way to be informed or entertained. You can also read vendor catalogs, reference chemical labels, read parts/equipment reference books on your phone through iBooks.

 

Weather Monitoring

Weather Channel (Free)

You can see current conditions at a glance – temperature, humidity, pressure. With a radar installed, you can see weather maps separately based on location and from there determine timely spray applications.

Weather Bug (USA only/Free)

You can personalize your weather forecasts in this app. With features such as live cams featuring live local weather with high resolutions videos, you can have forecasts about severe weather alerts from this app.

Sun Surveyor (S6.99)

This app uses your GPS location and compass to give you the exact position of the sun at current time, or any time and day of the year. This tool might come handy if for example, you have a green that gets a lot of shade in the spring and autumn you can use the phones camera to point around the green for the suns times and locations, to see where cutting down or pruning could increase hours of sunlight on your green at those times of the year.

Productivity

Here are apps that help you remember everything

Evernote (Free)

Everything you find and want to take note of on the web, you can capture and “take note of” in Evernote. You can take images, copy and paste text, e-mails, bookmark web sites, link to audio or web clips and refer to it when needed. Multiple bonuses? You can access it (automatically syncing) from multiple devices and it’s free!

You can do product research from your phone – storing whiteboard images, information about fungicides or insecticides. You can even take notes of soil tests done on the golf course here – complete with videos, pictures and notes – all in one app. You can also do office tasks from the app – scanning invoices and storing bids or contracts (so you can study them even while out of the office).

Jot Not Pro ($2.99)

With the app, you can scan invoices, contracts PDFs, business cards and export them to Evernote for studying and taking notes or to your e-mail for sending. This is enterprise-level scanning at the palm of your hand.

Dropbox (Free)

Dropbox can act as your external hard drive or storage – store images, videos, budget files and share them with co-workers.

 

Management

Turfgrass Management (Free)

Developed by Dr. Patrick McCullogh from the University of Georgia, this one has been around for a few years now, and makes a great reference tool for pictures, information, and recommendations for managing turfgrasses, weeds, diseases, and insects. It also features a pesticide database and presentations on many hot topics in the golf course management field.

It gets regular updates and is well worth the $20 annual subscription fee.

Turfgrass Management Calculator ($5.99)

Features:

  • Sprayer Calib
  • Conversions
  • Fertilizer Rates
  • Chemical Rates
  • Irrigation Rates
  • Topdressing Rates
  • Mowing Calc
  • Turf Estab Rates

You can determine NPK rates, convert volumes, project pricing, monitor fuel consumption and calculate active ingredients using this app.

Irrigation Management

Depending on your course’s irrigation system, companies have developed apps making it easier for golf superintendents to control, schedule and monitor irrigation.

Examples:

Rainbird – MI control system

Toro – Toro NSN.

Logmein Ignition

An alternative app that allows you to login from your smartphone and control the irrigation system. Most people use this app to access files on their computer.

 

Social Networking

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress

More than just keeping a presence on the web, these apps can help you connect with fellow turf professionals, seek help and support, share your thoughts about issues on the course with vendors or members and report diseases that might become trends in the area. It’s also a great way to monitor real-time weather and news updates than other apps – news channels and fellow golf superintendents are great sources of information.

Written by Jim Cassells

Jim Cassells

I have spent the majority of my career in sales and sales management positions with large Fortune 500 firms like General Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Playtex and Lenox China. About 12 years ago I became involved with the golf industry and started my own repping firm, “Leading Edge Marketing & Sales” in SE FL. After 2 years, my largest supplier offered me a position as their Director of Business Development. Two years after that I declined a move to California (their HQ) and went to work as an Area Sales Manager for General Electric retiring after a 10 year career.

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