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We encourage you to read the following help topics, but feel free to contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions.

Overview

Before you can use myCaddie for a specific course, a map must be created for that course.  The Course Mapper lets you create new course maps, as well as the ability to browse and enhance existing maps.

 

The Course Mapper enables you to create maps from your browser by using Google Maps.  Google Maps allows you to view images of the Earth – and by zooming in, your golf course.

 

Your task is to use Google Maps to zoom into the different holes on the course, and place ŇpinsÓ on significant course landmarks.  At a minimum, these landmarks include the tee and middle of the green on each hole. Each landmark has a unique location (latitude and longitude), which is compared with your iPhone location at any given moment to determine yardage.

 

Once you finish specifying landmarks for each hole on the course, click Submit Course to send the course map to the iMakePars.com website database.  After the course is submitted, it is immediately available to all iPhone myCaddie users.

Checking Course Availability

Thousands of courses have been mapped already.  To check for courses in your area, click Search Available Courses from the www.imakepars.com home page.  Enter the city and state (or country if not the United States), and click Search.  You will then see a list of courses within 50 miles of the entered city.  To restrict the list, you can enter the first few characters of the course name.

 

A list of matching courses appears in the Available Courses field.  Select any of these courses, and you will see a list of course versions.  These are course maps produced by different users.  By default, your own course map, if it exists, will be selected, otherwise the most recent course map is selected.  Click View Course to see the actual course layout (if needed, follow the instructions below to navigate from hole-to-hole). 

 

Note that in this mode of operation, if you make any map changes, they will not be kept.  To make permanent course maps or changes, follow the steps below (login is required).

Creating a New Course: First Steps

You must be registered and logged in to create a course map.  If you havenŐt already done so, click Register New Golfer from the home page to register, or click Login if you already registered.  After logging in, the map selection screen appears.

New Course Entry

On the map selection screen, fill in the course name, city and state fields, then click Map Course.  This will bring you to the main mapping screen.  On the main mapping screen, select 9 or 18 holes.

Locating the Golf Course on the Map

Before identifying any course landmarks, you need to locate the golf course in the Google Maps window.  When you first enter the main mapping screen, Google Maps displays an image of the United States. 

 

From here, you need to pan to the area in which your golf course resides, then zoom in closer.   Panning is done by clicking on the map and holding down the mouse button, then dragging the mouse without releasing it. 

 

Pan until you have the area you want in the middle of the screen, then zoom in.  The zoom control is on the left side of the map (+ means zoom in closer, - means zoom out).  You may need to zoom in and out a few times to get the hang of it.  Repeat this process several times to refine your position.  Eventually you will see your golf course.  Zoom and pan until you can see the first hole clearly.

 

You can also use the Google tool at the bottom left of the map to quickly identify your initial location.  Click the arrow, then type in the golf course, city, and state, then click Search.  This brings up a list of possible matches.  Center the best match on your screen, then click the backwards arrow to close the Google search tool.

Defining the First Hole

Once you have the first hole of the golf course in your sights, click Next Hole to define the first hole.  After you do so, notice that a red ŇpinÓ has been place in the middle of the screen, with the letter ŇAÓ on it.  Notice also on the left side of the screen where it says Marker A is: Tee.  This is the first landmark on the first hole.  Click and drag the red pin and ŇdropÓ it on the tee (by releasing the mouse button).  We recommend dropping the pin on the championship/blue tee.  If the tee can only be approximated (for example, itŐs in the shadows), donŐt worry, tee location is not as critical as other landmarks. 

 

If you mistakenly clicked Next Hole before zooming in and canŐt find marker A, start over by zooming in, then clicking Clear Markers.

Specifying Other Landmarks on the Hole

Once you have defined the location of the tee, identify other landmarks on the hole.  To do so, click Next Marker.  This drops a second pin, labeled ŇBÓ, which is the Middle of the Green marker (as indicated under Marker B is: label).  Drag this pin to the first green, approximating the middle as closely as you can, and drop the pin there (use the X underneath the pin for more precision).

 

At this point, you have specified the minimal amount of markers required for the hole.  However, for more detail, you can also identify additional markers.  To do so, click Next Marker, which again drops a pin on the middle of the screen (now labeled C).  Drag the marker to the appropriate point and drop it there.  Note that starting with Marker C on each hole, you must also specify the type of marker it is – such as a Sand Trap, Hazard or other frequently encountered spots on the golf course (the list of landmark types is under the Marker X is: label).

Completing the First Hole and Repeating the Process

Finally, select the par on the hole and click Next Hole (we also recommend entering the hole handicap, though this isnŐt required).  This completes the first hole and drops a new marker A, which you drop on the tee for the second hole.  Repeat the process above to define the second and subsequent holes.

Submitting the Course

Once you have defined all 9 or 18 holes, you are ready to submit the course (note, you donŐt have to click Next Hole to complete the last hole).  Click Submit Course to complete your course map.  At this point, you return to the map selection screen, where you should see your newly defined course.  You should also see the course on your iPhone, after going to the Courses screen and tapping refresh.

Browsing Holes and Landmarks

You can browse the landmarks on each hole by clicking Next Hole and Previous Hole.  Each time you switch holes, you will see a pin for each landmark on that hole.  You can see more specifics about the landmark by hovering the arrow above the landmark, or by clicking on the landmark.  Once you have clicked on a landmark, you can change its definition if desired (by selecting a new landmark type from the list under Marker X Is:).

Modifying an Existing Course

On the map selection screen, use the Search Courses function to identify an existing course map.  Enter the first few letters of the course name, along with the city, state and country, then click Search Course.  All courses that begin with the letters entered in the course field within 50 miles of the entered city are retrieved.  Select the desired course from the Available Courses list.  Once that course is selected, click the Map Course button to enter the main mapping screen.   

Viewing the Map without Updating It

Note that you can view an existing map without updating it.  Select an existing course as described above, and use the previous and next hole functions as described above to look at each hole.  Then skip the submit step at the end.

Rename Course Function

On the map selection screen, Rename Course allows you to specify a new course name, city and state for a course that you already defined.  Note that if you modified a course another user created, or another user has modified your course, the old and new courses may both appear in the list of available courses.

Best Practices and Tips

The following sections outline best practices and tips for creating better maps.

Front of Green Landmark

It is recommended that you identify a front of green landmark for each hole.  This enables yardage into a front pin and back pin to be calculated implicitly (and in future versions of myCaddie, automatically).  When you specify Front of Green, we highly recommended that you make it the first marker (marker C) after the middle of green marker (marker B).

Landmark Area is in the Shadows?

Sometimes the landmark area is in shadows and difficult to find.  Use your best guess – one way to do this is to specify the middle of the green marker, then adjust the marker in the shadows accordingly (each time you adjust, the distance from this marker to the middle of the green is displayed).  Fortunately, the least critical landmark on the hole is the one most often in the shadows (the tee box).

Multiple Markers of the Same Type?

Occasionally you will want to create several landmarks of the same type on the same hole.  For example, a long hole might have three Bunker Right markers.  This is fine, since on the course you will be able to visually differentiate each bunker you see.  If you do specify multiple markers of the same type on the same hole, we highly recommend placing those markers in order from farthest to closest to the hole (for example, marker D is 190 yards from the hole, marker E is 130, and marker F is 98).

Mix and Match Course Complexes

Some course complexes mix and match different 9 hole courses to make 18 holes.  For example, course A, B and C might each be 9 holes; one day, you might play course A and B; the next, C and A.  In these scenarios, create an individual hole map for each 9 holes, giving each of these an individual name.

 

You can also combine two existing nine hole courses by performing the following steps: 1) enter the city and state/country for your course; 2) click Search Courses; 3) select the first nine hole course (example: Chardonnay Vineyards); 4) click Combine Nines; 5) select the course that will be the back nine (example: Chardonnay Lakes); 6) enter the combined course name (example: Chardonnay Vineyards, Lakes); 7) click OK.  When naming the combined course, itŐs important to get the original course names in the order in which they appear, as in the above example.  Note that you cannot enter the characters / and # as part of the course name.

 

Note that once a combined course is created, it is considered a distinct entity and is not updated automatically when the underlying nines are updated. To update a combined course, perform the above steps a second time.