Top 10 Golf GPS Reviews (… in Brief)
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to knock several shots off your golf score — arguably the quickest and easiest way is — to pick your clubs correctly with a more accurate measurement to the green!
Only the other day a friend of mine walked over to another golfer (who plays off 5) on the course. He showed him the watch face with the distance to the middle of the green and then watched him hit a perfect 150 yard shot that landed feet from the pin.
Needless to say the stranger was probably checking out Golf GPS reviews as soon as he got home so he could get his distance right, choose the correct club and knock those 5 shots off his handicap.
That’s how you become a scratch-player overnight.
Over the past few years the market has certainly heated up, the competition is stiffer and with Garmin, the GPS experts, turning up the heat and taking the number 1 best seller spot… that can only be a good thing for consumers like us!
Read on and read these brief Golf GPS reviews on the top 10 best selling Golf GPS and Range Finders on the market.
#1 Best Seller Online: Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Golf GPS Watch
The number 1 best-selling, most reviewed and popular golf gps watch on the market (and the one I’ve just picked up myself). Coming in around the $200 mark the best thing about the S1 is it’s not a laser you have to reach into your bag for!
Easy to use, super-convenient the watch face is large enough to read at a glance plus you don’t have to worry about losing it (unlike carrying a laser).
In a split second you’ll know how far away you are from the font, middle and back of the green. The battery life (using GPS tracking) is 8 hours (more than enough for 2 rounds), it can tell you how far you’ve hit the ball and has a built in odometer.
#2 Bushnell Tour V2 Golf Laser Rangefinder
If pin-point accuracy is what you’re after then the Bushnell may well be the rangefinder for you. Prices vary from $265 – $420 depending on where you shop and the model you select (make sure to read our comparison)
This beast of a machine is a middle of the road rangefinder from Bushnell with 5x magnification and a specific ‘PinSeeker mode’ to help you find the flag and measure distance accurately.
Accurate to 1000 yards (give or take 1 yard) and there’s no need for satellite signals or downloading software. The long battery life means you’ll rarely charge your rangefinder and the slope feature is an added advantage that takes the guess work out of picking the right club. A real shot-saver.
#3 Bushnell Neo+ Golf GPS Rangefinder
A compact machine pre-loaded with courses, the Neo+ provides you with distance to the front, center and back of the course. It even gives you distance to hazards (not found on all golf gps systems).
Quick to react and accurate a key benefit to the Neo+ is the ability to customize and map out key points on the course (think bunkers, water and other hazards).
#4 Garmin Approach G6 Handheld Touchscreen Golf Course GPS
A real winner, the G6 is a good sized golf gps with a cracking battery life of 15 hours that lets you go off and play for an entire weekend without worry.
The colored touch screen is clear and easy to read, the graphics differ somewhat to other golf gps and can take getting used to. On a plus it lets you zero in on the pin, while it comes with one of the easiest tracking systems on any gps machine.
Prices typically hover around $299 for the pocket sized system that attaches easily (and securely) to your hip during the round making it permanently accessible. Plus you get free lifetime updates to the map!
#5 Golf Buddy Tour GPS Range Finder
Accurate and with no annual fees, the 12 hour rechargeable batter lets you squeeze in up to 3 rounds on a single charge. And if the battery does die… you simple replace them there and then. It uses standard AAA batteries you can steal from your TV remote control.
With only 2 buttons to press, it’s easy to use and will keep track of your score, calculate shot distances and take strokes off your game by showing where exactly the hazards are (and the distance necessary to avoid them)!
The Golf Buddy tour comes with thousands of courses pre-loaded and you can measure the distance to the green at the touch of a button. Slim and light weight, it’ll fit into your pocket or clip onto your belt (provided).
For $155 it’s a good price.
#6 Garmin Approach S1W GPS Golf Watch
The ladies golf gps watch equivalent to the best selling S1 gps comes in white and has all the features of its ‘male’ rival. Rugged, waterproof and always on your wrist showing you distance to the front, middle and back of the green at a glance.
Highly sensitive, the watch is pre-loaded with thousands of courses and lasts 8 hours on a single charge (using the GPS feature). Priced at $200 the sheer convenience, coupled with accuracy makes this a favorite on the course.
#7 Izzo Golf Swami 3000 Enhanced Golf GPS
If you’re looking for a cheap golf gps then this is your gadget. The Izzo Swami is a quirky looking gps system that clips straight onto your belt.
For your $70 you get a no non-sense, ready to use out of the box gps device which automatically measures your distance to the front, middle and back of the green.
Unusually it’ll even adjust without fail as you cruise in the cart. Rumor has it, the technology used is as sophisticated and accurate as you’ll find… pretty amazing for the price.
If you’re looking for something to track your scores, the Izzo isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a great value, cheap golf gps then it does exactly what it says it does. Measure the distance to the green!
#8 SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS (Black)
While it looks like a walkie-talkie this is a clever bit of kit you either love… or hate! With a middle of the road price of $140, the SkyCaddie SG5 has a decent battery life of 15 hours and includes a sophisticated intelligreen technology to show you the full depth and shape of the green.
You will need to subscribe for an annual membership that ranges from $29.95 to $129.95 depending on the package your opt for. The memberships and fact it isn’t waterproof had earned the SkyCaddie a few enemies in the golf world as the competition heats up, new technology comes out and their customer support lets them down.
#9 Bushnell Pro 1600 Golf Laser Rangefinder
One of the pricier range finders on the market, the Bushnell Pro ranges from $319 – $379 and comes in Slope and Tournament Editions.
When it comes to range finders you’ll find it hard to compete with the accuracy and power of the Bushnell lasers. the Pro 1600 is accurate, easy to use with great optics.
This particular model has had a few problems with the battery door (be careful) but when it comes to laser rangefinders you’ll find it hard to compete with the brand most professionals use.
#10 GolfBuddy World GPS Range Finder
No membership fees, nothing to download and newer than the Golf Buddy Tour, the Golf Buddy world is small enough to carry in your pocket and (more importantly) very precise.
Set-up is easy and you can be using the user friendly Golf Buddy straight out the box. Simply turn the device on and get ready to play. Competitively priced at $237, the only downside is reading the screen on a sunny day, a problem you can have with any GPS device but is a little worse on the Golf Buddy World.