Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Mar 04, 2015Below 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 (without Slope)
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

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt
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This is Bushnell’s top of the line golf rangefinder. The 7x magnifcation brings the target in closer than any of the other rangefinders we seen. It’s quick to pick up the flag and it vibrates in your hand when it’s locked on. The display is easy to read red numbers.

Review Score: 4.52        Slope: No

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

Leupold GX-3i2
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Although the Leupold GX-3i2 doesn’t have as many ratings as Bushnell rangefinders, the numbers are impressive. It has an easy to read red OLED, 6x magnifcation, PinHunter 2 and an audible sound when locked on your target. It’s smaller than the similar Bushnell Z6 and some say it gets distances more quickly. If choosing between the two, price would be our deciding factor.

Review Score: 4.75        Slope: No


Best LASER Golf Rangefinder (with Slope)
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

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt (Slope)
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This is the top of the line in golf rangefinders. It is a little larger than some of our other top picks, but has 7x magnification, Pinseeker with Jolt (vibrating bursts) and red numbers that make it easier to see in all lighting conditions. It’s fast and accurate to within a half yard. The Slope and “plays like” distance is easily obtained by holding the main button for an extra 2 seconds.

Review Score: 4.23        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

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


Best Golf GPS Watches
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. Fairway views, green views and swing metrics added to Garmin’s already successful formula for awesome golf watches all make this watch something special. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth considering for good players and 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

Garmin Approach G5
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This is one of the best values in a Full-Featured golf GPS device. It’s preloaded with golf courses, is easy to use and doesn’t have any fees. The reviews don’t quite measure up to the Garmin G6, but if your budget is tight, you’ll want to take a look at the G5.

Review Score: 4.17        Slope: No


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

SkyCaddie LINX Review

‘SkyCaddie LINX’

SkyCaddie LINX
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We’re not going to do a full out SkyCaddie LINX Review. In our opinion, it’s just not worth our time or yours at this point. You are welcome to keep reading, but feel free to jump on over to our see what golf watches we do recommend.

SkyCaddie LINX User Rating:
3.22 Stars 3.22 out of 5 (27 reviews)

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

The early user reviews are lousy and even though you will see many advertisements that say “No annual fees or membership required”, to get the features you want on this watch, you’ll need to purchase an annual membership. The only group of people we might recommend this watch for are those who have over two years remaining on a SkyCaddie membership and are looking to buy a golf watch. Even then, we would offer a warning based on the user feedback we’ve seen so far… “It’s not that easy to use!”

SkyCaddie is the only brand that charges fees for their golf GPS devices to work properly. For $49 a year over an above the price of the device, you would expect to be getting the finest golf GPS experience available, yet users consistently give SkyCaddie devices lower ratings than other brands. If you are a current SkyCaddie user, we suggest cutting your losses and switching to another brand with no fees. If you’ve never had a SkyCaddie, we can’t think of a good reason to buy one just yet.

Okay, now you can hop on over to our Best Golf Watch page and find the one that fits your style of play!

SkyCaddie LINX Golf Watch Specifications
SkyCaddie LINX
Model SkyCaddie LINX
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No*
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 35
Battery Life N/A
Battery rechargeable Li-ion Polymer
Height 2.8 in.
Width 2.0 in.
Depth .7 in.
Measure Shot Distance N/A
Screen Size 1.7
Resolution N/A
Display Type hi-res grayscale
Weight 1.6 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Y*
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually Yes
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes *Many features are not available unless you upgrade to a paid SkyCaddie membership plan.

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