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

  • Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch – Ratings Score: 4.24
    Although Bushnell is known for their laser rangefinders, they really seemed to have nailed it in the golf watch category as well. They have figured out that what a majority of golfers want is not bells and whistles, but simply a comfortable golf watch that is easy to use and provides distances to greens and hazards. The Neo Ion brings the same winning formula to a smaller, lighter, and better looking golf GPS watch. Best of all, the battery life will easily go three full rounds!
  • Bushnell Neo Ghost Golf GPS – Ratings Score: 4.00
    We had high expectations for the Bushnell Neo Ghost and about 80% of users love it. Unfortunately, about 20% of users were unhappy. It seems there are more defective units than is typical from Bushnell. This is an excellent value, but if you happen to be the unlucky one who gets the lemon, you’ll have to go through the hassle of returning it. If you’re not up for the risk, check out our picks for Best Golf GPS!
  • Bushnell Excel Golf GPS Watch – Ratings Score: 2.86
    The Bushnell Excel golf watch takes a step in a new direction from previous Bushnell golf watches. The extremely popular Bushnell Neo Ion, as well as earlier models, are not loaded with features but perform extremely well at providing what most golfers want – distances to the front/middle/back of the green and hazards.

    The Excel tries to merge that concept of simplicity with some added features by adding Bluetooth connectivity to your iPhone or Android phone and providing a free full-featured golf GPS app to go with it. You can now get course updates through the app and get notifications from your phone, right on your watch. You can also use the swing metrics feature to analyze your swing and review the data on the app. You’ll also find weather information and a step counter on this watch. We’re looking forward to seeing how this watch performs in the real world!

Callaway

  • Callaway Hybrid Laser – Ratings Score: 4.50
    We’ve always loved the idea of a laser and GPS unit in a single device. Our favorite feature on this model is that it has one battery for laser and one for GPS. That means that if one is not working, the other can still be used. The laser battery should last for months, but even if it does die, you can keep a spare in the bag.
  • Callaway GPSy Golf Watch – Ratings Score: 3.70

Garmin

  • Garmin Approach G10 – Ratings Score: 4.42
    It looks like Garmin is going to give GolfBuddy some real competition in the small clip-on category of golf GPS devices. The Garmin Approach G10 doesn’t provide audible distances, but it does offer green views and manual pin placement in addition to distances to the front, middle, and back of every green. It also has a scorecard feature with stats. We particularly like that you can use it with Garmin Connect for online game analysis and record keeping. The price is competitive and the reviews are very good.
  • Garmin Approach S20 – Ratings Score: 4.31
    We’ve put the Garmin S20 at the top of our list because it’s an outstanding golf watch at very low price point. Besides that, it’s a worthy activity and sleep tracker and can aslo recieve notifications from your smartphone.

    As a golf watch, it provides distance to the front, middle, and back of the green on the main screen, as well as the green shape. You can manually adjust the pin placement and you can also view distances to the front and back of hazards as well as doglegs. There’s a feature called AutoShot that automatically records the distance of your shots. When you combine the watch stats with Garmin Connect, your post-game analysis gets really interesting. It can also pair up with Garmin TruSwing™ if you want swing metrics. We love that it automatically updates courses you play regularly, looks and feels better than most golf watches, and it has 15 hours of battery life in GPS mode or 8 weeks in activity mode!

  • Garmin Approach X40 – Ratings Score: 4.22
    We love Garmin golf watches and we love Garmin fitness bands, so we find the Garmin X40 band very exciting. Golf features include distance to the front, middle, and back of every green, plus hazard distances. You can see the shape of the green and manually adjust the pin position. AutoShot tracking measures and records your shot distances automatically. It has a scorecard and stat-tracking. Activity tracking shows steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. If that’s not enough, you can get notifications from your smartphone.
  • Garmin Approach G6 – Ratings Score: 4.20
    Pre-loaded, no fees and excellent user reviews. 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. This model has been around for awhile, but it’s still worth comparing to the newer Garmin Approach G30.
  • Garmin Approach G8 – Ratings Score: 4.18
    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. 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.
  • Garmin S4 Golf Watch – Ratings Score: 4.06
    Athough the ratings aren’t as high as other golf watches, this one is one of our favorites. 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. The scorecard and stats are easy to input and it can measure your shots. If you have an iphone, you even get notifications on your watch with very little interruption to your game.
  • Garmin Vivoactive HR – Ratings Score: 4.06
    The Vivoactive HR is a multi-sport fitness tracking smartwatch that includes golf GPS, running, biking, swimming, rowing, and skiing. Of course you can get your smartphone notifications on it as well. The 24/7 heart rate monitoring makes it really appealing to fitness enthusiasts.
  • Garmin vivoactive – Ratings Score: 4.00
    The Garmin vivoactive looks like it will make a solid golf watch with distances to the front, middle and back of every green, plus layup yardages and doglegs. This watch is best for golfers who are interested in more than just a golf watch. It will serve runners, cyclist, swimmers, walkers and anyone wanting to track steps and activity. It’s a powerful smartwatch with Garmin’s proven experience.
  • Garmin Approach S60 – Ratings Score: 3.86
    Garmin’s newest golf watch looks to be a sophisticated golf watch, fitness watch, and smartwatch. It will be released in the summer of 2017 and we look forward to exploring all the features here very soon!
  • Garmin Approach S6 – Ratings Score: 3.75
    The Garmin Approach S6 is the only golf watch on the market with fairway views and manual targeting. That’s what makes 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.
  • Garmin Approach G30 – Ratings Score: 3.73
    We are excited about the Garmin Approach G30, Garmin’s newest handheld golf GPS! This full-featured unit provides full hole views, touch targeting to any point on a hole (including the pin position), a scorecard for up to four people, and stat tracking. You can also set it up to get notifications from your smartphone during your round. Using the Garmin Connect app, you can have detailed game analysis on your phone or your computer. This model is a little smaller than previous Garmin handhelds, making easy to carry in your pocket or clip to your belt or golf bag. It also has a ‘Big Numbers’ mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.

Golf Buddy

  • GolfBuddy Voice – Ratings Score: 4.57
    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! However, GolfBuddy has several newer models that are similarly priced, have high ratings, and better battery life! Check out the latest from GolfBuddy.

GolfBuddy

  • GolfBuddy VoiceX – New
    The GolfBuddy Voice line has been a huge success from the beginning. The VoiceX is the latest in this line and has a few nice upgrades from its predecessor the GolfBuddy Voice 2. The most notable improvement is that it adds Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for automatic updates to the golf course you’re playing when you enter golf mode. The screen is a little larger and it has a Big Numbers mode and manual pin placement capability. It also adds a fairly detailed GPS activity tracker for runners and walkers. It may sacrifice some battery life for the extra features, but should still easily get 2 full rounds. A watchband is available separately.
  • GolfBuddy Voice 2 – Ratings Score: 4.40
    GolfBuddy just keeps building on a winning theme. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 claims 14 hours of battery life. That’s four hours more than the GolfBuddy VS4! It’s water resistant, has the choice of male or female voice, and of course provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green. It’s available in three different colors as well. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.
  • GolfBuddy CT2 – Ratings Score: 3.90
  • GolfBuddy Ladies LD2 – Ratings Score: 3.44
    The GolfBuddy LD2 is the only golf GPS watch we know of that is truly designed as a ladies golf watch. It gets high marks for appearance, as well as accuracy, ease of use, and screen readability. Unfortunately, we saw a fairly high number of users who experienced problems with the watch and poor customer service in resolving their issues. The bottom line is that if you’re looking for a nice looking ladies golf watch, this is your only option. If you’re a little bit lucky, you won’t have any issues with it and you’ll love it. If you’re a little unlucky, you might have to return it and try again or struggle with GolfBuddy customer service to get the issue resolved.
  • GolfBuddy BB5 – Ratings Score: 3.27

Izzo

  • Izzo Swami 4000+ – Ratings Score: 4.25
    Honestly, we love what the Izzo Swami 4000+ brings to the handheld golf GPS market. It’s really one of the only current models that is big enough to have large numbers. It’s got distance to the front, middle, and back on the main screen and hazards are only a button press away. The color screen makes it easy to tell the type of hazard. We love the price and the design of this model. We wish it would advance to the next hole without taking it onto the green or having to press the up key, but that’s minor considering the price!
  • Izzo Swami 5000 – Ratings Score: 4.00
    The Izzo Swami 5000 is a value priced golf GPS with large easy to read numbers. It provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus to distances to hazards on every hole. It also allows you to keep score and saves scorecards for one player. This unit is brightly colored and truly fits in the palm of your hand. The Izzo Swami handheld models are really in a category of their own. On one hand, there are GPS models with similar features, but they tend to be very small. On the other hand, there are models that are similarly sized, but they are usually more expensive and have full hole views. If you need big numbers or if you ride in a cart, we think this is an excellent choice!
  • Izzo Swami Sport – Ratings Score: 3.46
    It’s hard to beat the value of the Izzo Golf GPS products, and the Swami Sport is no exception. The small, bright unit easily clips onto your golf bag with the included carabineer and provide distances to the front, middle and back of every green on the main screen, along with the hole number, par and time of day.

SkyGolf

  • SkyCaddie TOUCH – Ratings Score: 3.80
    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 updating 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 LINX – Ratings Score: 3.32

TomTom

Voice Caddie

  • Voice Caddie VC200 – Ratings Score: 4.42
    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: 4.42
    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.
  • Voice Caddie T1 Watch – Ratings Score: 3.50
    Voice Caddie has quietly been producing quality golf GPS devices for a few years now. Unfortunately, the early ratings don’t look good for the T1 watch. Right now there are too many good golf watches on the market to take a chance on this one.
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