Golf GPS Reviews

Golf GPS Reviews and ComparisonsHere is a complete list of Golf GPS Reviews sorted by brand. For rankings and side by side comparisons, see our Golf GPS Reviews and Scores.


  • Bushnell NEO-X Watch – Ratings Score: 4.44
    The Bushnell neo-x golf claims to be smaller and lighter than the Garmin golf watches. It has distances to front, middle and back, plus up to two hazards per hole. It’s probably the best value in a golf watch, but if you’re looking for even more hazard information, check the newer Bushnell neo-XS.
  • Bushnell neo+ – Ratings Score: 4.30
    One of the best values in golf GPS. If you don’t need hole layout views, this small device is preloaded and has no annual fees. User reviews are strong.
  • Bushnell neo-XS Golf Watch – Ratings Score: 4.30
    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!
  • Bushnell Hybrid – Ratings Score: 4.21
    Combine the Bushnell neo+ with the Bushnell V2 laser rangefinder and you’ve got the best rangefinder in the game. Read the full review, because it’s not for everyone, especially if you’re looking for a straight GPS.
  • Bushnell neo+ GPS Golf Watch – Ratings Score: 3.96
    The features are similar to the Garmin S1, but it’s not getting the same great reviews. The price and the battery life definitely make it worth considering.


  • Callaway uPro MX+ – Ratings Score: 3.28
    Callaway has yet again failed to have a hit in the golf GPS market. The reviews suggest looking elsewhere. The Garmin G5 & G6 would be good places to start.


  • I’m Caddie – Ratings Score: 4.5
    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.


  • Garmin Approach G7 – New
    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.
  • Garmin Approach S6 – New
    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 makes this a truly exciting watch for the golfers who love gadgets and working on improving their games.
  • Garmin Approach S1 Watch – Ratings Score: 4.48
    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 Bushnell neo-X and neo-XS. Both are newer, smaller and have distances to hazards.
  • Garmin Approach S2 – Ratings Score: 4.39
    The Garmin S2 offers doglegs, layup yardages and a digital scorecard. It gets excellent ratings, but if the scorecard isn’t important to you, also check the Bushnell neo-X watch and the Bushnell neo-XS, which both give distances to hazards.
  • Garmin Approach G6 – Ratings Score: 4.36
    This is our #1 recommendation for a full featured golf GPS. A responsive, bright touchscreen with lots of details and a fair price.
  • Garmin S4 Golf Watch – Ratings Score: 4.26
    This is the golf GPS watch for those who want it all. Besides having tons of courses preloaded, green distances and layup distances, it’s got a touchscreen that allows manual pin positioning, scorecard and stats. And for those who want to be “connected” all the time without looking at their smartphones every few minutes… this watch can display email and text messages plus other notifications from an iPhone.
  • Garmin Approach G5 – Ratings Score: 4.17
    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.
  • Garmin Approach S3 Watch – Ratings Score: 4.14
    This is one slick watch and definitely among our top picks if price is not an issue. We love the touchscreen, distances to hazards, shot measuring and scorecard. However it’s not for everyone – if simplicity is more your style, the Garmin S1 is probably a better choice.
  • Garmin Approach G8 – Ratings Score: 4.02
    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.

Golf Buddy

  • Golf Buddy Voice – Ratings Score: 4.57
    This little unit has quickly become a star in the golf GPS world. It gives visual and auditory distances to the front, middle and back of every green. It’s simple, convenient and reasonably priced.
  • Golf Buddy World Platinum – Ratings Score: 3.92
    Not a bad device, but there are better models for the money.
  • Golf Buddy World – Ratings Score: 3.77
    Definitely worth considering if lots of features and a low price are important to you. It’s a small full-featured rangefinder with a nice price point.
  • Golf Buddy Platinum II (2012) – Ratings Score: 3.35
    Golf Buddy was trying to improve upon previous versions, but early indications are that you should stay away from this one.


  • GolfBuddy VT3 – Ratings Score: 3.0
    The GolfBuddy VT3 has all the features you could want, including a nice display, voice guidance and distances and a removable watchband. It also had distances to hazards and layups, plus a scorecard feature. However, the early reviews don’t look good for the VT3, so for now, we would skip this one.


  • Izzo Swami Golf Watch (v.2) – Ratings Score: 4.26
    Izzo makes great basic golf GPS devices at low prices. This model was released in late 2013 and would seem to compete directly with the Garmin S1. However, the Izzo has a handy scorecard feature, which was a complaint for some users of the S1. Although this watch seems very durable, we would like to see Izzo increase their warranty period from 90 days to a year.
  • Izzo Swami 3000 – Ratings Score: 4.25
    A very basic golf GPS with a wonderfully low price. It’s preloaded with courses and has no annual fees. Ratings are very good.
  • Izzo Swami Voice – Ratings Score: 4.19
    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. Although it seems to be a knock-off of the GolfBuddy Voice+, we think it’s better looking and it works just as well. Preloaded with 30,000 courses and no fees.

    *Weighs 1 oz. without band and 1.9oz with band.

  • Izzo Swami 4000 – Ratings Score: 4.12
    This is a great looking, easy to read golf GPS. It only has the basic front middle and back distance information, but it’s preloaded, has a scorecard and shot measuring feature.
  • Izzo Swami Watch – Ratings Score: 3.78
    A great price for a golf watch. Like everything in the Izzo Swami line, it only has distances to the front, middle and back of the greens. It is preloaded, has a scorecard and shot measuring feature. For those with small wrists, this may not be the best choice.


  • Pebble E-Paper Watch – Ratings Score: 3.15
    If you’re looking for a golf GPS watch that you simply use on the golf course, this isn’t the watch for you. However, if you are interested in a Smartwatch that works with your Smartphone for other applications as well, this may be the ticket for you.


  • SkyCaddie TOUCH – New
    The SkyCaddie TOUCH has a very similar feature set to the Garmin Approach G6. The biggest advantage is that the Bluetooth connectivity should make it easier for updated courses and uploading rounds. The biggest disadvantage is that with SkyCaddie, you’ll have to pay a fee every year to be able to use the unit at all. The Garmin G8 has similar functionality via WIFI, but unlike the TOUCH and the G6, the G8 is not legal for tournament play.
  • SkyCaddie Breeze – Ratings Score: 4.17
    SkyCaddie Breeze requires annual membership fees even with the basic version. The basic version only includes front, middle and back distances. Upgrade packs are available to provide more features and distances to additional targets.
  • SkyCaddie SGXw – Ratings Score: 3.65
    Although the wifi feature on this golf GPS is an improvement over other SkyCaddie models, it’s still a lot more work and a lot more money than other full-featured devices and it’s reflected in low user ratings.
  • SkyCaddie SGX – Ratings Score: 3.60
    We think it’s tough for SkyCaddie to compete, as none of the other full-featured golf GPS devices charge annual fees or require downloads. The SGX does a great job on the course, but holds a limited number of courses, so you’ll have to keep going back to your computer.
  • SkyCaddie Watch – Ratings Score: 3.55
    Besides having annual fees, the ratings on this watch just don’t measure up to the competition.
  • SkyCaddie Gimme – Ratings Score: 3.12
    Although the base price is reasonable, SkyCaddie charges annual fees for using the Gimme. We believe other golf GPS devices without annual fees are the way to go.

Voice Caddie

  • Voice Caddie T1 Watch – New
    Voice Caddie has quietly been producing quality golf GPS devices for a few years now and we’re looking forward to seeing if the T1 measures up to the competition. The swing tempo feature is totally unique and could make this budget priced golf watch a real contender.
  • Voice Caddie VC200 – Ratings Score: 4.65
    The VC200 provides distance to the middle of the green and it can measure and track your shots. There is no screen, so all information is provided through audio. Other voice GPS devices seem to offer more features at a similar price.
  • Voice Caddie VC300 – Ratings Score: 4.5
    The Voice Caddie VC300 is impressive in presentation. It’s a small voice guided golf GPS providing distance to the front, middle and back of every green. It has shot measuring and a swing tempo metronome for practice. It’s a swipe and click device with a great voice!

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