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:
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.