How to Make Your Own Golf Course Map with a GPS Rangefinder?

How to Make Your Own Golf Course Map with a GPS RangefindeGolf has become a popular sport all over the world irrespective of social background although it was traditionally regarded as a game for the upper class in the society; a lot of such beliefs have changed since then. It is a game played by all age groups. You might be a golf enthusiast, or someone who just wants to map out an existing golf course.

These easy to follow steps will guide you on how to make your own golf course map with a GPS rangefinder. You will be using this as your pocket guide when you are out there playing golf.

List of Features to Be Mapped

  • The golf course itselfHow to Make Your Own Golf Course Map with a GPS Rangefinde
  • Golf driving range
  • Golf shop: this is where golfers can purchase items such as balls and gloves
  • Fairway: a path which has short cut grass leading to the hole
  • The holes: the hole where the ball lands
  • Putting green: an area of short grass surrounding the whole
  • Rough section: this is an area comprised of tall grass which is found between the out-of-bounds and the fairway.
  • Sand banker: also referred as the sand pit
  • Tee zone: this is an area from which the golfer hits the ball.

Mapping Steps

– Diagram of the course

The first step towards creating your own golf course map is obtaining a diagram of the specific course that you want to design. You can obtain this image for free from Google maps. Another good source of obtaining this image is from your hand held GPS device and a rangefinder (See Golf Spy Review) to provide you with  various distances for hazards, views, holes as well as the layout of the golf course.

The only situation when you cannot be able to obtain Google maps is when the course map you want to design is too near a sensitive military facility. After obtaining the map, you should then extract the actual course location from the entire map to remain with a map which shows more features but covers a smaller area.

– Identify the locations of the various features

Once you have obtained a map and information of the course that you want to design, you can then proceed to place the features on your map. This can prove to be very tedious since a lot of precision and detail is required when placing the different features on the map.

You can use the coordinates on your GPS device to identify the exact places where the different features should be placed. Since you will be using this map as your pocket guide during the actual golfing, it is advisable to be accurate as possible. Therefore the coordinates on the map should correspond with the GPS points on the GPS device.

After you have finished mapping out the different features of the golf course, you should then proceed to outline the hole playing area with a boundary. This will cover the green, the fairways, the rough category and the tees. The hole playing area is normally lined with paths or trees on a real golf course.


With an easy to follow, step by step guide, you can create your own golf course map. The GPS range finder will provide you with the data required for the golf course.