There’s an app for this and an app for that. Apps are crowding our digital mobile devices. But which ones do we really need? We asked the esteemed members of our editorial advisory board: What app or apps do you use to help you in your job on a daily or weekly basis? Here are their responses:


“I tend to use the core apps most of all on my iPhone. It goes without saying that the ability to check email and text on the fly is a huge benefit and keeps me out of the office and on the golf course more. In addition, it seems I take pictures and document everything with my camera or video. Nothing gets a point across more then a photo or video.

One of my favorite weather-related apps is Sun Surveyor. This app uses your GPS location and compass to give you the exact position of the sun at any time and day of the year. Regarding irrigation management, I couldn’t live without Logmein Irrigation. Now my irrigation system is at the tip of my fingertips 24-7.”

Craig Felton

Golf Course Superintendent

Oaks Hills Country Club

San Antonio, Texas


“I’m the first one to admit that I’m very slow to adapt to new technology, but I’m trying. So being the last person on Earth to get a smart phone, I’m well behind the curve when it comes to apps. The three I use the most are The Weather Channel along with My Radar, CamScanner and the Flash Light. Now those are for work, but my other favorites are Happy Hour Finder, Google Maps, and the Blue Jackets. I’m excited to see what else is out there in the world of apps.”

Todd Voss

Golf Course Superintendent/COO

Double Eagle Club

Galena, Ohio


“As far as apps go, I’m not a big user of them. I do use my smart phone a lot to document and share images of golf course-related issues. I also use the Internet to do searches on turf-related topics, including use of videos on YouTube and GCSAA TV. I’m not ignoring technology, I just haven’t found the use for apps often enough for them to be a daily tool for me (outside of weather data/forecast). But I know there are some good ones out there.”

Dan Dinelli

Certified Golf Course Superintendent

North Shore Country Club

Glenville, Illinois


“There are always a few apps that each of us use more than others. I’ll start with my weather app from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) that gives me access to the latest radar, but also gives me a scientific forecast that can provide key details on wind, rain, temperatures, surf and many other factors that play a big part in managing a golf course. Another app I use is GIS Roam, which allows me to pull up my entire irrigation system on my phone and find valves, sprinkler heads, piping, etc.

When searching for a valve you can set the GPS to help identify the exact coordinates and locate any items within seconds. This helps for tournament setup and maintenance on the golf course. The final app I use is simple but quite handy – a calculator. It helps me calculate fertilizers and other products on a regular basis.

These apps play a big part in my daily management, and I continue to look at new technologies that will assist us in the ongoing pursuit of turf perfection.”

Chris Dalhamer

Director of Golf Maintenance

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, California


“As much as I have embraced most new technology that has been introduced to our profession, I’ve also been very cautious with technological developments and whether or not to use them in my operation. Much like how social interaction between people has been eroded by technology consuming people’s lives, I’m protective of the intimate relationship I have with the golf course. I may be old school, but there’s an intuitive and instinctual side to our profession that I enjoy very much and don’t want to lose. The best superintendents have a green thumb. I always keep an open mind, but social media and apps are two things I haven’t started using in my golf course operation.”

Rick Slattery

Golf Course Superintendent

Locust Hill Country Club

Rochester, New York


“I use a few apps regularly during the course of the day. My favorite is Twitter, which I use to give updates on the golf course and post photos along with following what other superintendents are doing at their golf courses. Many of my club’s members follow me on Twitter, and I’ve found it to be a valuable form of communication with them. I plan on trying out Stitch in conjunction with Twitter this season to further highlight issues we are facing on the course this season. I also use Toro NSN Connect to connect with our weather station and for adjusting the irrigation system during the season.”

Pat Daly

Golf Course Superintendent

Framingham Country Club

Framingham, Massachusetts


“Two years ago I made the decision to switch to a Windows Phone with the full realization that I would sacrifice quite a bit in terms of access to apps that are turf-centric. I liked the setup of the phone, the camera apps and its overall ease of use. As it turns out, I really like the way it’s able to sync with my other Windows devices. In my role as agronomist for a small management company, I can have easy access to saved documents within the OneDrive cloud app that’s also useful when I’m traveling.”

Kevin Smith

Vice President and Director of Agronomy

Pinnacle Golf Properties

Greensboro, North Carolina


“There are a few apps I use on a semi-regular basis to help me with my job. The first is a weather app. The second is Measure Map. We’re always looking ahead to various capital projects and golf course improvements, and this app allows me to measure square footage and distances using Google Earth. It’s a very helpful app in that I no longer have to measure the old-fashioned way – with a tape measure. If you are looking for a way to get quick data, this is great. Another app I use is Sun Seeker, which allows me to stand on a green or tee and see the exact angle of the sun during different times of year. This also aids in making tree-removal decisions.”

Brian J. Stiehler

Certified Golf Course Superintendent

Highlands Country Club

Highlands, North Carolina


“One of my favorites is the Weather Link app by Davis Instruments. I have a weather station on the golf course and with one click I have everything I need to know about what is actually happening on my property. After opening the app, there are four slides with more detail. I don’t have to keep opening anything within the app to get more details.

RDM+ (Remote Desktop for Mobiles) is a very economical way to have access to your irrigation computer and pump station. It costs a one-time fee of $20. It’s a basic type of technology, but it has no monthly or yearly subscriptions. I also couldn’t live without Dropbox.”

Steve Hammon

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