Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Oct 25, 2014Below are our picks for ‘Best Golf Rangefinder’ by category. Our picks are based on performance, price and customer reviews.

Choose 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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. 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.
  3. 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.

SkyCaddie Touch Review

SkyGolf is rolling out a new full-featured handheld golf GPS. Our SkyCaddie Touch Review will be up soon, but for now let’s take a look at how the features measure up to the competition.

“SkyCaddie TOUCH”

Price $299
SkyCaddie Touch golf GPS
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  • Bluetooth updates through your phone – Using an iPhone or Android smartphone app, you will have the ability to update your course maps whenever your phone is connected to the Internet. We haven’t seen this with any other brand and give a thumbs up for the idea.
  • Preloaded with 35,000 courses – this is the same as it’s competitors, except for the fact that SkyGolf charges you an annual fee to access those preloaded courses and other brands do not. SkyGolf claims to have better maps because they are “ground verified”, but to our knowledge there is no hard data that suggests that SkyCaddie maps are truly better.
  • 3″ high-resolution glove-friendly touchscreen – This is a nice size screen for a golf GPS with full hole views. It’s the same size as the latest Garmin models.
  • Interactive HoleVue™ – A fancy name for being able to get the full layout of the hole and allowing touch targeting to any point on the hole.
  • Patented IntelliGreen® Technology – The green view on the SkyCaddie TOUCH changes with your angle of approach. It is also quite detailed, showing bunker carries and green depth information. We’re not sure this isn’t information overload for most golfers, but we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Dynamic RangeVue™ – SkyCaddie will display multiple arcs on the screen showing possible layup distances and their locations. This handy feature will save you the time of touch targeting in some instances.
  • Auto Course Select – As with pretty much every golf GPS today, the SkyCaddie TOUCH will figure out where you are and show you the nearest golf courses.
  • Auto Hole Select- Another feature present on most units that moves to the next hole presumably while you are on your way there.
  • Auto Zoom – As you move forward on the hole, the hole view zooms with you.
  • Digital scorecard and stat tracking – The unit will store up to 20 rounds and the information can also be uploaded SkyGolf 360 for storage and interesting analysis.
  • Measure shot distance – Another feature found on most golf GPS devices, the SkyCaddie TOUCH allows you to measure any shot.

Although quite popular due to a big marketing budget, recent SkyCaddie models get only mediocre reviews. Hopefully the SkyCaddie TOUCH will be the model that breaks that trend. If the Bluetooth connectivity works well, it should be a big help, but we still don’t like the annual fees when there are other devices on the market with great ratings and no fees. Check out Garmin’s line of full featured golf GPS devices, for a no-fee solution.

SkyCaddie TOUCH Specifications

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Model SkyCaddie TOUCH
Type GPS
Slope No
Vibration or Sound Indicator n
Height 4 in.
Width 2.3 in.
Depth .7 in.
Weight 3.8 oz.
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Battery Life N/A
Display color
Rainproof N/A
Magnification N/A
Maximum Range N/A
Minimum Range N/A
Notes Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone app that allows for course updates and round uploads for analysis.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes

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