Golfing with Google Earth

Since the beginning, Google Earth has been a useful tool for golfers. Not only can it help you locate courses in your area, but you can get a great overview of the course layout.
Of course, the great thing about Google Earth is that you can use various layers to add data and enhance your experience. Here are a few sites that combine golfing with Google Earth in great ways:
Golf Nation — With the loss of the “golfing” category from the default layers, the Golf Nation network link is probably your best bet. It’s currently US only, but has info for virtually every course. In some cases, like with the Bobby Jones Golf Club in Atlanta, you can get hole-by-hole info as seen below:

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Golfworld.fr — If you need course data outside of the US, this site provides a
KML file
that shows all of the courses in France.
Google Earth Hacks: Golf Courses — If you’re looking for a course that isn’t in the US or France, the GEH golf course collection is the only other resource I know of (though it’s far from comprehensive). If you know of a better resource, please let us know in the comments.
Golf Google Earth — This site uses a combination of the Google Earth plug-in and video clips to show off a handful of courses.
Using Google Earth as a Golf Tool — This is a neat article with tips on using Google Earth before your round. They suggest using Google Earth to measure distances, elevations, etc.
Do you know of any other great Google Earth golf resources? Share them in the comments below.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Presumably similar to Golf Nation network link, but http://www.eyespygolf.com/ also plots courses on GE.

  2. Josh — I was going to mention that one, but the site was down for quite a while (while I was writing the article), so I couldn’t see what all they had, or even if they were still up.
    Good addition.

  3. Have done a 3D model of Clubhouse at Bandon Dunes (top 10 course world wide) that is viewable in Google Earth.
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=cc86a28f37aba2f9e5fd54cf9b1684

  4. Placing 3D content on Google Earth golf courses gives your golf course tour a whole other dimension:
    http://www.earthexposure.com/projects/golfbanen/ge_golfbaan.php
    And if you’re in for some fun, drive around the golf cart on Google Earth:
    http://www.earthexposure.com/Demo_Items/ge_golfkar.php

  5. If I’m not mistaken..the sketch of the GE above looks like a man kneeling down.. Cool!

  6. Have done a 3D model of Clubhouse at Bandon Dunes (top 10 course world wide) that is viewable in Google Earth.

  7. Do you know how we could do this for our golf course in St George or at least how would I search for this to see if Google has already done this.

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