The Garmin Approach S1 was the GPS golf watch that changed everything in golf GPS rangefinders. It became so popular and was rated so highly, that Garmin and all the other manufacturers jumped on the golf watch bandwagon. There are now more choices of golf watches than any other category of golf rangefinder.
Garmin Approach S1 Watch User Rating:
4.48 out of 5 (1285 reviews)
Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.
There have been many innovations since the Garmin Approach S1 was released, but still there has never been a watch that has stood the test of time like this one. If you’re looking for a great value in a basic golf watch, the S1 is still a strong contender. There are no fancy hole layout views, no distances to hazards and there is no color on the screen… but it delivers 99% of what you would ever want to know in a super easy and convenient package.
You can’t go wrong with the Garmin S1, but if you haven’t made up your mind yet, you may want to take a look at our current list of Best Golf Watches.
Below you will find a summary of the hundreds of user comments we read in preparation for our review. The pros clearly far outweighed the cons!
- Easy to use
- Preloaded with over 14,000 golf courses
- No fees
- Ability to measure your shot distance easily
- Can be used as regular watch
- auto course recognition
- GPS odometer tells you how far you’ve walked
- Easy to read
- Good battery life
- Lots of courses
- Attractive looks
- Automatically forwards to the next hole
- Adjustable band
- Speeds up play
- Nice size
- Takes some care to hook up to charger
- No digital scorecard
|Model||Garmin Approach S1 Watch|
|Course Download Fees||No|
|Pre-loaded with Courses||Yes|
|Battery Life||3 wks / 8 hrs GPS|
|Measure Shot Distance||Yes|
|Display Type||monochrome LCD|
|Manual Pin Positioning||No|
|Computer Analysis Tools||No|
|Aerial Hole View||No|
|Green Rotates to your shot angle||N/A|
|Add Courses Manually||No|
|USGA Compliant (local rule)||Yes|
|Notes||Available in Black & White, Time, Date, Waterproof IPX7 (30 min. immersed at a depth of 1 meter)|
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