I'm looking for free geo localization data of world wide golf courses. I can easily parse and store this information from several specialized websites... But I would like to find another way to get it (just don't want to have any copyright issues).

Any idea?

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You could start with the 25000+ objects tagged with leisure=golf_course on OpenStreetMap. To do this, you could extract the geolocations with GIS tools, or create a custom map like they did with bicycle tags. OSM data is ODbL licensed.


geonames.usgs.gov has all the named features on US maps, including golf courses. They have some coverage of foreign names, too, but I have no experience with those.

  • nice resource (with lots of non-cryptic data for download)!
    – philshem
    Apr 25, 2014 at 12:56

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