Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Jul 31, 2014Below are our picks for ‘Best Golf Rangefinder’ by category. Our picks are based on performance, price and customer reviews.

Category:   Laser     Laser w/ Slope     Full-featured GPS     Basic GPS     GPS Watches

Best LASER Golf Rangefinder

  1. Bushnell Tour V3 – Read Full Review
    The reviews for the Bushnell V3 are the best we’ve seen. Although differences in laser rangefinders may be subtle, ease of use is likely the reason the V3 shines. It utilizes Jolt Technology which creates a vibration in the unit when it locks on to the flag. Combined with the Pinseeker Technology, it’s easy to get your distance quickly and to have confidence that you hit the right target.
  2. Breaking 80
    The specs on the Breaking 80 laser rangefinder match up very well to the top performers in this category and the price on it is hard to beat. If you’re looking to get a laser rangefinder for under $200, this one has 6x magnification and First Target Priority to help you lock on to the target. It’s available in Red or Black.
  3. Leupold GX-3i – Read Full Review
    Leupold developed their own engine for this series of rangefinders, making it faster and easier to lock onto the correct target. This is a well built golf rangefinder with 6x magnification with a red OLED that makes seeing the number very easy. It also beeps when it locks on to a pin reflector, giving quick reassurance that you’ve got the right number. The name isn’t as well-known as Bushnell in the golf world, but this fifth-generation American owned family business has been making high-performance optics for hunters since 1907.
  4. Nikon COOLSHOT – Read Full Review
    Nikon doesn’t just make great camera lenses, they’ve been making the optics for the successful line of Callaway rangefinders for years. Although the Nikon COOLSHOT doesn’t play a sound or vibrate when it locks onto the closest target, it does have First Priority Targeting, 6x magnification, scan mode and high performance optics at a price point that makes it a real contender.
  5. Bushnell Hybrid – Read Full Review
    This one is for those who want the best of both worlds – Laser and GPS. You get laser for accuracy and GPS for times when you can’t see the flag or need distance to the front or back of the green. Amazingly, this device is still quite compact and easy to use.

Best LASER with Slope

  1. Leupold GX-4i – Read Full Review
    We love the red OLED that makes this easy to read in any light. The bells and whistles and the low price have put this on the top of our list. Besides providing slope information, the GX-4i can also calculate the distance a shot will play based upon temperature, altitude and slope. Not every golfer will want all the extra information, but the geeks will love it!
  2. Bushnell Tour V3 with Slope – Read Full Review
    The ratings on the Tour V3 are the best we’ve seen in any rangefinder. The Leupold rangefinders with slope offer some fun features if you’re a golf geek :), but for most golfers, the easy to use Bushnell Tour V3 with slope, will make a great choice.
  3. Leupold GX-2i – Read Full Review
    For price and features, we think this is the best value. Like the GX-4i, it has 6x magnification and can calculate the distance a shot will play based upon temperature, altitude and slope. It has more features than the V3, but costs quite a bit less.

Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)

Legal for use in tournaments allowing rangefinders

  1. Garmin Approach G6 – Read Full Review
    Pre-loaded, no fees and excellent user reviews. Definitely our first choice in golf GPS. The color screen is bright in any light conditions. The touchscreen allows you to get distance to any point on a hole. The battery life is excellent and the unit is compact and easy to use. As far as we’re concerned, Garmin is the leader in golf GPS handhelds.

Not legal for use in tournaments allowing rangefinders

  1. Garmin Approach G8 – Read Full Review
    If you’re not planning on using it in tournaments, the Garmin G8 is pretty much the ultimate golf GPS rangefinder. It has everything the Garmin G6 has, but with a sleeker design and several worthwhile new features. Until now, you could only find “slope” information on laser rangefinders. Garmin changes that with the G7 and G8, which both offer “plays like” distance that is adjusted for elevation, plus club recommendations based upon slope and your hitting distances. The G8 will also let you get notifications from your iPhone, which is a nice feature for some users, but we really love is that it has Wifi for updating golf courses.
  2. Garmin Approach G7 – Read Full Review
    The G7 is the same size and shape as the G6, but incorporates the “plays like” distance and club recommendations found on the G8. It doesn’t have wifi or connect with your iPhone, but if those things aren’t important to you, you’ll like the lower price on the G7.

Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Basic: Yardages/No full hole views)

  1. Golf Buddy Voice+ – Read Full Review
    The Golf Buddy Voice+ is small and easy to use and the user ratings are outstanding! You can clip it onto your belt or visor, or you can snap it onto the included watchband and wear it on your wrist. It provides distance by both voice and a digital display. Of course it’s preloaded with tons of golf courses and there are never any fees.
  2. Bushnell neo+ – Read Full Review
    The Bushnell neo+ is definitely at the top of our picks for a golf GPS. We love that it has distance to the front, middle and back of the green on the main screen. You can easily get to additional targets, but many golfers will never have to touch this unit once the round begins. Of course it’s preloaded with courses and never has any fees and the price is excellent.
  3. Izzo Swami 4000 – Read Full Review
    The Izzo Swami 4000 is a great looking device that’s easy to read. Of course it’s also preloaded and has no fees and it’s very easy to use. It’s doesn’t have hazard and layup information, but for the price it’s an excellent choice.
  4. Voice Caddie VC300 – Read Full Review
    The Voice Caddie VC300 is a great choice for the golfer who wants to keep it simple, especially if he or she wears a cap or visor. It’s small, sleek and unobtrusive and provides auditory distances to the front, middle and back of every green. The sound quality is excellent, which is good, since there isn’t not a digital display. It also has shot measuring, but we just like the fact that it does what it’s supposed to do without any hassle.

Best Golf GPS Watches:

  1. Garmin Approach S4 – Read Full Review
    More features than any other golf watch and amazingly intuitive and easy to use. Distances to the front, middle and back right on the main screen and in one touch, you get distances to doglegs and layups. It has one button access to a diagram of the green shape that allows manual pin positioning with it’s perfectly responsive touch screen. Scorecard and stats are easy to input, as is shot measuring. iPhone users can get notifications from their phones easily, but somehow Garmin worked in the feature so that it’s not in the way when you don’t need it. We love this watch!

  2. Bushnell neo-X Golf Watch – Read Full Review
    Claims to be the thinnest and most lightweight golf watch on the market and the reviews are outstanding! There is no touchscreen, but it’s easy to use and has distances to hazards. Even though users seem to love most everything about this watch, the price makes it even easier to love. However, you may want to take a quick look at the brand new Bushnell neo-XS
  3. Garmin S1 GPS Golf Watch – Read Full Review
    This is the golf GPS watch that started it all! It’s preloaded with no fees and provides distance to the front, middle and back of every green. It’s simplicity and convenience has made it a huge hit with users.
  4. GolfBuddy Voice+ Watch – Read Full Review
    Works as a watch, or can be used without the band. Based on the highly rated GolfBuddy Voice and user feedback is excellent.

Nikon COOLSHOT Rangefinder Review

Our Nikon COOLSHOT Rangefinder Review should end up looking a lot like our Callaway Razr review, as Nikon was always the hardware behind the Callaway name when it came to golf rangefinders. Callaway seems to have pulled out of the rangefinder marketplace, but the solid performing rangefinders can now be found under the Nikon brand.

“Nikon COOLSHOT”

Nikon COOLSHOT Golf Rangefinder
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The COOLSHOT is virtually identical to the Razr, however we think the Nikon color options are more attractive, and best of all, the price is lower!

Nikon COOLSHOT Review Score:
4.44 Stars 4.44 out of 5 (25 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

Notable Features of the Nikon COOLSHOT Rangefinder:
  • Compact, lightweight, ergonomic design.
  • First Target Priority algorithm displays the range to the nearest target among the multiple results obtained. You can then exactly measure the distance to the flagstick, instead of a background object.
  • 8 second scan mode makes targeting easier even with slight movement
  • High quality 6x monocular with multilayer coating for bright clear images.
  • Targeting range from 10 – 600 yards.
  • Long eye relief for glasses wearers.
  • Wide field of view (7.5 degrees).
  • Waterproof
Nikon COOLSHOT Specifications
Model Nikon COOLSHOT
Type Laser
Slope No^
Vibration or Sound Indicator n
Height 2.8 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth 4.4 in.
Weight 5.9 oz.
Battery CR-2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display LED
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 600
Minimum Range 11
Notes *This model is legal under the USGA local rule, but the COOLSHOT AS has Slope and is not legal for tournament play.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes*

Nikon COOLSHOT


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