Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Jul 29, 2016Below 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
Bushnell Tour X
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Wow! We’ve never seen a laser golf rangefinder with higher ratings. Especially a high-end rangefinder. Usually the expectations for buyers of higher priced models are so high, that the ratings suffer. Not so with the Bushnell Tour X. For players who compete in events where they must abide by USGA rules, we absolutely think this is worth the money. You can use the red faceplate with Slope when allowed and put on the black faceplate to make it completely legal for competition.

Review Score: 4.86        Slope: Yes*

Bushnell Tour V3 Standard
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The Bushnell Tour V3 with Jolt is simply the highest rated laser golf rangefinder that we’ve ever seen. It’s not the top of the line, but for features and performance, you can’t beat the price. It’s compact and lightweight and accurate to within a yard. If you’re just looking for a rangefinder to do one job well, this is the one you’re looking for!

Review Score: 4.73        Slope: No

Nikon Coolshot 20
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Nikon produces amazing optics for its solid line of rangefinders. Unless you need the red numbers, there really isn’t a better value in a laser rangefinder. It’s lightweight and small and of course, it’s extremely accurate!

Review Score: 4.5        Slope: No

Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt
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Jolt technology causes a vibration when you’ve locked onto the target. E.S.P. technology provides yardage faster and more accurately than ever before. The Vivid Display Indicators™ makes it one of the easiest to read golf rangefinders on the market. Bushnell Z6 has 6x magnification and a long battery life.

Review Score: 4.69        Slope: No

Best LASER Rangefinder (with Slope)
Bushnell Tour X
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Wow! We’ve never seen a laser golf rangefinder with higher ratings. Especially a high-end rangefinder. Usually the expectations for buyers of higher priced models are so high, that the ratings suffer. Not so with the Bushnell Tour X. For players who compete in events where they must abide by USGA rules, we absolutely think this is worth the money. You can use the red faceplate with Slope when allowed and put on the black faceplate to make it completely legal for competition.

Review Score: 4.86        Slope: Yes*

Nikon COOLSHOT AS
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The Nikon COOLSHOT AS is probably the best value in a laser rangefinder with SLOPE. It has 6x magnification, distances to within 1/10 of a yard and high performance optics, not to mention, it’s generally one of the lowest priced models in this category.

Review Score: 4.54        Slope: Yes

Bushnell Tour V3 with Slope
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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 many golfers who aren’t worried about using a rangefinder tournaments, the easy Bushnell Tour V3 with Slope will make a great choice. It’s smaller and lighter than the Pro 7X, which can be seen as a pro or a con depending upon your preferences.

Review Score: 4.62        Slope: Yes

Leupold GX-4i2
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We believe this is the best model laser rangefinder for golfers who compete in tournaments allowing distance measuring devices. Why? Because you can have it both ways… with or without the Slope and it does comply with the USGA local rule when the Slope is off. The GX-4i has PinHunter technology, 6x zoom, easy to read red numbers, plus it can also factor in temperature and altitude when Slope is active.

Review Score: 4.46        Slope: both

Best Golf GPS Watches:

Best Golf GPS Watches
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
Garmin S4 Golf Watch
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In our opinion, this is the best golf watch for the money that has a scorecard and can track your stats. The S4 is feature-rich and yet so easy to use. It has a dedicated green view button and a wonderful touchscreen that allows for easy manual pin positioning. It can measure your shots and even show your iPhone notifications with very little interruption.

Review Score: 4.15        Slope: N/A

Bushnell neo-XS Golf Watch
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Bushnell already had the smallest and lightest golf watch on the market with the highly rated neo-x, but they are going even smaller and lighter with the neo xs. They’ve also added more targets per hole, but kept the same simple user interface. Another golf GPS watch from Bushnell that will be hard to beat!

Review Score: 4.26        Slope: N/A

Garmin Approach S6
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The most feature-rich golf GPS watch on the market. It’s the fairway views that make this watch worth the extra money. If you’re standing on the tee of a dogleg with bunkers near your landing zone, it’s really nice to know how far the trouble is. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth considering for those who play unfamiliar courses frequently.

Review Score: 3.74        Slope: No

Garmin Approach S3
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We love the touchscreen, distances to layups, shot measuring and scorecard. When we saw the price dip below $200, we couldn’t believe it! You’re definitely getting some bang for your buck here. If simplicity is more your style, the Garmin S1 or the Bushnell NEO-X might be a better fit.

Review Score: 4.19        Slope: No

GolfBuddy VS4
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GolfBuddy has been leading the way in the basic and Voice categories of Golf GPS for several years now. The VS4 is the latest model and adds water resistance as the only upgrade we can see from the GolfBuddy Voice+. In an easy to use package, you get front, middle and back distances, dynamic green view and shot measuring. The watchband is not included with this model, but it is available as an accessory. As you wold expect, the early reviews are excellent.

Review Score: 4.62        Slope: No

Garmin Approach S1 Watch
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The Garmin S1 was the first golf GPS watch to hit the mainstream and its ratings are amazing. It’s still a solid performer at a terrific price, but be sure to check out the our current list of Best Golf Watches. Both are newer, smaller and have distances to hazards.

Review Score: 4.48        Slope: No


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
Garmin Approach G6
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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.

Review Score: 4.31        Slope: No

Garmin Approach G8
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If you have the budget for this one and no great love for your PC, the ability to update courses via Wifi will be a real bonus. You’ll want to stay away from this model if you play competitively because it doesn’t meet the USGA’s local rule criteria. The “Plays Like” distance that calculates using changes in elevation is something we think many golfers will enjoy along with the club recommendations. If you have an iPhone and having messages and notifications on your golf GPS, appeals to you, the G8 or the G7 will serve you well.

Review Score: 4.02        Slope: Yes*

Garmin Approach G7
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Garmin added a few features to it’s very successful G6 and the G7 was born. If you like the idea of having a “Plays Like” distance that adjusts for elevation and club recommendations based on your hitting distances and/or if you like getting text messages, emails and notifications from your iPhone, then you’ll find this a worthwhile investment. If not, the G6 or the G8 may be more to your liking.

Review Score: 4.46        Slope: Yes


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Basic: Yardages/No full hole views)
GolfBuddy VS4
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GolfBuddy has been leading the way in the basic and Voice categories of Golf GPS for several years now. The VS4 is the latest model and adds water resistance as the only upgrade we can see from the GolfBuddy Voice+. In an easy to use package, you get front, middle and back distances, dynamic green view and shot measuring. The watchband is not included with this model, but it is available as an accessory. As you wold expect, the early reviews are excellent.

Review Score: 4.62        Slope: No

Izzo Swami 4000
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This is a nice size handheld golf GPS that has big, easy to read numbers. It only has distances to the front, middle and back of the green, but it’s preloaded with courses, has a scorecard and shot measuring feature and of course never has any fees.

Review Score: 4.12        Slope: No

Golf Buddy Voice
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The GolfBuddy Voice gives visual and auditory distances to the front, middle and back of every green. It’s simple, convenient and reasonably priced, and the ratings are fantastic!

Review Score: 4.57        Slope: N/A

Izzo Swami Voice
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The Izzo Swami Voice is terrific basic golf GPS that has a digital display as well as voice. It’s one of the simplest to use golf GPS devices on the market. It’s waterproof which gives it the edge on it’s closest competitor, the GolfBuddy Voice. The battery life and sound quality aren’t quite as good though and it doesn’t have a shot measuring feature. It does come with great color options for the optional watch band.

Review Score: 4.19        Slope: N/A

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There is no screen on this little unit, so you’ll need to be able to hear it speak. We look forward to seeing how users feel about this simple device.

Review Score: 4.5        Slope: No

Best Golf GPS

Our picks are separated into two categories, full-featured models and basic models. We didn’t include golf watches on this page unless they had a removable watch band. If you’re considering a watch, you’ll definitely want to check out our picks for Best Golf Watch.

Here are our picks for the Best Golf GPS 2016…


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
Garmin Approach G6
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This is our #1 recommendation for a legal full featured golf GPS. A responsive, bright touchscreen with lots of details and a fair price.

Review Score: 4.31        Slope: No

Garmin Approach G8
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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.

Review Score: 4.02        Slope: Yes*

Garmin Approach G7
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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.

Review Score: 4.46        Slope: Yes


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Basic: Yardages/No full hole views)
GolfBuddy VS4
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GolfBuddy isn’t messing with a good thing. The two predecessors to the VS4, the GolfBuddy Voice and Voice+ are on the top of our rankings charts for a reason… they are small, super easy to use and get great battery life. The VS4 builds on that by adding water resistance. Voice and/or digital display provide distances to the front, middle and back of the greens. Dynamic green view shows the shape of the green from your angle of approach and shot measuring gives you direct feedback about your game. Early user reviews are terrific and the price is nice! A watchband can be purchased separately.

Review Score: 4.62        Slope: No

Izzo Swami 4000
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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.

Review Score: 4.12        Slope: No

Golf Buddy Voice
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The price of the GolfBuddy Voice still makes it worth considering. The ratings for this little device are fantastic, but you might like the features of the Voice+ or VS4 a little better, if you don’t mind pay a little bit more!

Review Score: 4.57        Slope: N/A

Izzo Swami Voice
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The Izzo Swami Voice golf GPS is a small basic unit that provides distances to the front, middle and back of every green via audio and a digital screen. It comes with a clip for a visor or a belt and a watchband if you want to wear it on your wrist. The voice quality isn’t quite as good as the GolfBuddy Voice, but we like the looks and color options better. It’s preloaded and has no fees.

Review Score: 4.19        Slope: N/A

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Review Score: 4.5        Slope: No