We have looked at dozens of golf tipsters and betting systems over the years here at Honest Betting Reviews. Many of these we have subjected to in-depth reviews on this site, testing out if they can produce a profit under the spotlight of a live trial.
The majority of services we have tested have failed our trials, but there are a few who have succeeded and gone on to produce excellent long-term results.
These few “diamonds in the rough” (if you’ll excuse the pun!) are part of that select group of elite tipsters who have demonstrated an ability to beat the bookies on a regular basis and produce consistent profits.
If you are going to follow a golf tipster you don’t want to risk your hard-earned cash on one with a poor record who loses money overall – despite shouting very loudly when they happen to hit a winner. You want to follow a tipster with a proven track-record of success compiled over many years.
We have therefore put together our list of the very best golf services out there, so you can see for yourself who is actually worth following.
Making money on golf betting is very much a long-term endeavour, with patience and a decent betting bank required. However, when you land a big winner at odds of 100/1 or better, it’s a great feeling and well worth the wait. And those who stick with a top golf service (like those listed below) for the long haul can boast of very substantial profits accumulated over time.
Top 10 Golf Tipsters
Anyway, without further ado here is our list of the top ten golf tipsters we have found through our extensive research and testing.
This list is from ten to one, with the best saved for last.
We hope you enjoy the list, but please let us know if we have missed anyone from this list who you think should be on there!
10. Steve Palmer
The Racing Post’s main golf correspondent these days is Steve Palmer, who provides selections for the PGA and DP World Tour events each week. For many years he provided tips alongside the senior golf tipster at the Racing Post Jeremy Chapman, but has now stepped into the top job himself.
Palmer is perhaps best known for his book Born to Punt: Steve Palmer’s Betting Year, which is a highly entertaining look at the ups and downs of a regular punter trying to win big. One of the features of the book is Palmer’s attempts to hit the jackpot from his golf betting by putting on outrageous doubles of winners on the PGA and European tours each week at odds normally in the thousands to 1.
The goal behind this is that if he can win one of these (and at least £30,000 in the process) then he can quit his day job at the Racing Post and become a full-time professional punter. In his enigmatic style, Palmer refers to this as the “face-spitter” – a win so large you could quit your job and spit in your boss’s face in the process. Well, that might be taking it a bit far but then some people really don’t like their bosses…
Anyway, the book was published in 2011 and as yet we don’t think Steve has landed one of these big winners, but of course it only takes one – as any lottery winner will tell you…
Again sadly the Racing Post don’t publish the records of their tipsters, so we are unable to give an idea of how successful Palmer is over the long term. The only proofing we can find showed he made over 100 points profit over a six month period in 2012, but nothing more than that.
Overall our best guess from his own comments and those that follow the column is that Palmer more or less breaks even or makes a small profit, so not too bad but at the moment not worthy of higher consideration in our list of golf tipsters just yet.
A service with an established track-record and a dedicated following is GolfBetsGold. They provide both pre-tournament and in-play selections on the PGA and European Tours.
We ran a full review of the service and it made a commendable 93 points profit after a nine month trial.
They managed a number of impressive winners during our trial, including:-
- Billy Horschel at the BMW PGA Championship @ 28/1 – WON
- Nacho Elvira at the Cazoo Open @ 22/1 – WON
- Garrick Higgo at the Palmetto Championship @ 16/1 – WON (in-play)
- Sam Horsfield first round leader at the Scandinavian Mixed @ 28/1 – WON (dead heat)
- John Catlin at the Austrian Open @ 45/1 – WON
- Rory McIlroy at the Wells Fargo @ 20/1 – WON
- Jon Rahm at the US Open @ 10/1 – WON
Members of the service have averaged 100 points profit per year for four years, which is a strong level of consistency to have achieved.
It’s quite a simple service to follow with just a few selections per week so there is minimal work involved. There are normally detailed write-ups with the tips so you can see the logic behind them and certainly based on what we have seen their logic seems very sound.
All in all then Golfbetsgold is a golf tipster well worth checking out.
8. Betting Bias
Betting Bias is a website run by a team of professional gamblers who tip across a number of sports including horse racing, football, cricket and tennis.
However, their greatest achievements have come from tipping on golf, with some massively priced winners over the years. They tip not only in the main PGA and European Tours, but have had some of their greatest success on the Korn Ferry Tour (which is the satellite tour for the PGA Tour).
Some of their top winners over the years have included:
- Smylie Kaufman at 250/1 to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- Kevin Stadler at 125/1 to win the Phoenix Open
- Pablo Larrazabal at 125/1 to win the Abu Dhabi Championship
- Brian Harman at 100/1 to win the John Deere Classic
- Patrick Reed at 80/1 to win the Wyndham Championship
- Keegan Bradley at 150/1 to win the USPGA
A good deal of their success has been in following up-and-coming players who are “under the radar” so to speak and not yet household names – or even known to most regular golf punters.
There is clearly great value to be found in identifying such players before the vast majority of other gamblers do – and Betting Bias have shown a real knack for that.
With the tips provided completely free, it really is a “no-brainer” to follow their golf tips. The only thing we would caution is to have patience, as when tipping at odds regularly over 100/1, there can be long spells without a winner.
But when one does come, it is a tremendous feeling and well worth the wait. In between times they will often land decent-priced each-way bets as well, which keeps things ticking over nicely.
With a record that is highly commendable over the last seven years, Betting Bias clearly deserves a place on our list of the top golf tipsters.
7. PGA Profit
Coming in next in our rankings is a service that has a superb record of consistency over more than four years of tipping – and that is PGA Profit.
The tips are provided by a maths expert who has built a special algorithm that uses all of the stats available these days like strokes gained tee-to-green, driving accuracy etc to compile a list of potential picks. The algorithm then builds up a profile of the course and what type of player it will suit. Putting the two parts together then provides a model of which players represent value for the tournament in question.
Adding to that information about players such as their current personal circumstances and you have a powerful strategy with which to attack the golf markets.
All of that means nothing though unless you can produce results. Thankfully PGA Profit has done exactly that, with an annual record since they started that reads as follows:-
- 2018: +274 points profit
- 2019: +286 points profit
- 2020: +208 points profit
- 2021: +500 points profit
- 2022: -91 point loss
So very strong results there, despite a tough year in 2022. The total profit since starting up adds up to over 1100 points profit a return on investment of just under 30%.
Recent winners include:
- Mackenzie Hughes at the Sandersons Farms at 100/1
- Max Homa at the Genesis Invitational at 66/1
- Garrick Higgo at the Gran Canaria Open at 40/1
- Abraham Ancer at the WGC Fedex at 45/1
- Max Homa at the Fortinet Championship at 66/1
Over the years they have also had numerous 100/1+ winners including Zach Johnson at 125/1, Marc Leishman at 100/1 and Jason Kokrak at 100/1.
With big winners like those coupled with an exemplary record of consistency then, PGA Profit has demonstrated itself to be one of the best golf tipsters out there.
6. Bookie Insiders Golf Tips
Next on our list is another tipster who has compiled a very impressive record since launching and that is Bookie Insiders Golf Tips. Based on a sophisticated algorithm that exploits errors in the bookies’ pricing model, this service has quickly established itself as one of the best in the business.
Originally just focused on the top 20 market, Bookie Insiders Golf amassed some very impressive results on that market with over 350 points profit made since starting tipping in 2019. That has been compiled at an excellent return on investment (ROI) of over 23%.
The service has also moved more recently into tipping in the outright markets to give members a wider choice, particularly those who may have been restricted by the bookies on the top 20 market which is quite niche. They provide selections at both bookies’ odds and Betfair exchange odds in the outright markets. Their results for the Betfair exchange model are very impressive with over 800 points profit made in 2020 and more profits following in 2021.
Winners have included:
- – Andrew Landry at the American Express – WON @ 460
- – Hudson Swafford at the Corales Puntacanes – WON @ 260
- – Stewart Cink at the Safeway Open – WON @ 230
- – Nick Taylor at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am – WON @ 180
Expanding even further, the service will now be providing selections in Korn Ferry Tour and Ladies tour events, as well as in the top 10 markets so there is a huge amount on offer with this service. Members can of course choose to follow all of the tips or just focus on certain tours and markets.
During our review of Bookie Insiders Golf they performed commendably, racking up over 150 points profit on the top 20 bets and over 50 points profit on the Betfair outright bets.
Bookie Insiders Golf Tips is a top quality service and has proved it deserves a place high on the list of the best golf tipsters out there.
*(please note this service is no longer part of the Bookie Insiders team and is now a standalone service – renamed +EV Golf Tips. There is no website at the moment, but if you are interested in signing up please drop us a line at email@example.com).
5. Edwards Tips
Formerly a professional snooker players, Craig Edwards has forged a very successful subsequent career as a tipster. His Edwards Tips service actually covers both golf and snooker, but the lion’s share of the profits come from his golf selections.
Since starting out in 2018, Craig has amassed a very impressive 617 points profit on his golf tips, which is comprised of 254 points for his place betting tips (e.g. Top 20, Top 10) and 363 points profit for his outright picks.
The place picks have been achieved with a more-than-respectable return on investment (ROI) of 26% whilst the outright picks have come at a whopping 49% ROI.
Some his stand-out winners include:
- Richard McEvoy at the European Masters @ 150/1
- Tom Lewis at the Portugal Masters @ 66/1
- Bubba Watson at the Travellers Championship @ 50/1
- Mito Pereira at the Bogota Championship @ 125/1
- Kevin Na at the Colonial @ 66/1
- Christian Bezuidenhout at the Andalucia Masters @ 100/1
Some big prices there as you can see. With an eye for value and quick to move in the markets, you can tell that Craig takes his profession seriously and puts in a lot of research.
In our own trial the service performed very well, with a profit of 41 points made on the golf tips – although Craig uses very low staking so compared to any other golf service using one point each-way staking for example, the results would be more like 410 points profit, a superb total.
There are quite a lot of tips to follow so you need to be aware of that, but if it’s a little much you could always just opt to follow either his outright tips or place tips.
Either way though Edwards Tips is a top quality service with excellent long-term results.
4. Golf Forecast
Next up on our list is Golf Forecast, which is a little different from most other golf services. That is because it would not strictly be classed as a “tipster” in the typical sense, as it produces its selections via an algorithm rather than a tipster reading the form. The algorithm is based on the Shotlink data that compiles a huge array of stats on each player and the strengths and weaknesses of their game.
When the algorithm identifies instances where the odds on a player are higher than they should be, that player is then selected as a bet. The algorithm also apparently uses machine learning to update itself and improve in light of new data, which should allow it to maintain its edge over the market in the long term.
Golf Forecast’s record certainly stands up to scrutiny with close to 1,200 points profit made since starting up in 2017. The return on investment is an exceptional 42%, which is the highest of any golf service we have come across. The average monthly profit so far has been around £190 per month at £10 per point, which is quite a nice bit of extra income!
Some of their most notable winners include:-
- – Ian Poulter at the Houston Open – WON at 100/1
- – Bryson DeChambeau at the Northern Trust – WON at 90/1
- – Matt Kuchar at the Sony Open – WON at 40/1
- – Patrick Reed at the Masters – WON at 55/1
- – Lanto Griffin at the Houston Open – WON at 60/1
As you can see some very nice winners there. We have run two trials of the service and it has performed well in both, proving itself under the spotlight.
We had no hesitation in awarding Golf Forecast a PASSED rating in our review and we have no hesitation awarding it a place high on this list.
3. Sporting Life Golf (Ben Coley)
The Sporting Life’s principal golf tipster is a chap called Ben Coley and he has established a formidable reputation with a string of impressive winners in recent years.
His form in 2020 has been red hot with winners including Marc Warren at the Austrian Open at 150/1, Sami Valimaki at 250/1 in the Oman Open and Cameron Smith at 50/1 in the Sony Open. Although Ben’s record in 2019 wasn’t quite so good, he made a profit in each of the previous three years, which is very good going.
Some of his big winners over the years include:
- – Russell Henley for the Honda Classic in 2014 at 300/1
- – Richie Ramsay for the Omega European Masters in 2012 at 100/1
- – Brett Rumford for the Ballantines Championship in 2013 at 80/1
- – Billy Horschel for the BMW Championship in 2014 at 70/1
- – Kyle Stanley for the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2012 at 66/1
- – Hunter Mahan for the Barclays in 2014 at 50/1
Before joining the Sporting Life’s tipping team, Ben had previously provided betting tips on Sports Live Radio and even worked for one of the UK’s largest bookies. He apparently spends many hours studying the golf form to come up with selections and it has certainly worked well for him over the years.
With Ben’s tips provided for free and with a record like he has established, you really can’t go wrong following his golf selections. Highly recommended.
2. The 20 Minute System
Although not technically a “tipster” as such, this golf betting system has produced superb results and we felt was therefore deserving of a place on this list.
Essentially the 20 Minute System is a piece of software that scans the exchange and bookmaker markets in search of value each-way bets on the golf. Specifically, the software scans the markets to identify those instances where the place part of a bet represents value, taking into account the win and place odds on Betfair as a point of comparison.
It has been developed by Mike Cruickshank, the original matched betting “guru,” many of whose services we have reviewed and passed here at Honest Betting Reviews.
The system is very simple to operate and it should only take around 20 minutes per week to find the bets – hence the name of the service. The results have been very impressive, with 519 points profit made in the first 18 months of operation and a further 302 points profit made in our nine month live trial.
There were some cracking winners during our trial, including Thriston Lawrence winning the Joburg Open @ 200/1 and Luke List winning the Farmers Insurance Open @ 80/1, as well as other winners at 45/1 and 33/1.
With the bookies offering very generous place terms on golf these days – up to 10 or 11 places in the majors and big tour events, there is good value to be in each-way betting and that is what The 20 Minute System really seizes on.
1. The Golf Insider
Coming in at the number one spot on our list is a tipster who has amassed a seriously impressive record of success, landing some fantastic winners at huge prices and maintaining an excellent return on investment for over seven years. That tipster is the Golf Insider.
Since starting tipping in 2014 they have made over 2,000 points profit, which is unrivalled in the world of golf tipping. That equates to over £20,000 profit at £10 per point stakes, a very tidy sum indeed. Those profits have been compiled with a return on investment of 30%, which is also one of the best records in the business. We undertook a live trial of the service during which it performed very well, landing winners at 150/1 and 50/1.
Some of the Golf Insider’s most notable successes include:-
- – Marc Warren – WON at 150/1
- – Chris Kirk – WON at 125/1
- – Rasmus Hojgaard – WON at 200/1
- – Andrew Dodt – WON at 150/1
- – Corey Conners – WON at 175/1
- – Cameron Champ – WON at 150/1
- – Hennie Otto – WON at 80/1
- – Thomas Pieters – WON at 66/1
- – Martin Kaymer – WON at 70/1
So some very impressive winners there indeed. One of the secrets of the Golf Insider’s success has been utilising a computer model and value ratings that take account of statistics like strokes gained off the tee, greens in regulation, putting statistics and so on to identify players who are likely to go well on a given course but are undervalued by the bookies.
That approach has clearly yielded massive dividends not just on a one-off basis but for over six years now. As we often say, the proof of a tipster’s skill is their longevity and this tipster has certainly stood the test of time.
With a record like this over such a long period it is no surprise then that the Golf Insider comes right at the top of our list.
So there you have it – a list of our Top Ten Golf Tipsters. Some of them provide tips for free, others charge a fee but all of them have proved themselves over a lengthy period of time.
With golf tipsters it is worth bearing in mind that the strike rates tend to be much lower than with most horse racing and football tipsters. That means you need a larger betting bank and a good deal more patience, as there will be some long losing streaks and drawdowns, no matter how strong the tipster is overall.
If you have the right mindset though and accept this from the outset, you can do very well following a top golf tipster like those we have listed above. Certainly it is a great feeling when they land one of their 100/1+ winners!
As ever, if you are going to follow a golf tipster then please gamble responsibly and only risk what you can afford to lose.