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 Excel Golf GPS Watch – New
    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!

  • Bushnell Hybrid – Ratings Score: 4.50
    The Bushnell Hybrid has been around for a long time. Until recently, there wasn’t any competition in golf rangefinders that combine laser and GPS. We still like this model, but the Callaway Hybrid has a few upgrades and one feature that really stands out over the Bushnell. The Bushnell only has one battery for GPS and laser, which means you have to remember to charge it after every 2-3 rounds. The Callaway Hybrid has two separate batteries which means you should never be caught without a working rangefinder. If that’s not an issue for you, price should be your guide, but otherwise check out the Callaway Hybrid.
  • Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch – Ratings Score: 4.47
    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!

Callaway

  • Callaway Hybrid Laser – Ratings Score: 4.50
    We’ve always loved the idea of a laser and GPS unit in a single device. Finally the Callaway Hybrid offers another option to the much older Bushnell Hybrid. 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: 4.00

Evergoing

  • I’m Caddie – Ratings Score: 3.20
    There aren’t many reviews on the I’m Caddie, but the ones that are there would make us recommend looking for a different model.

Garmin

  • Garmin Approach G30 – New
    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 back. It also has a ‘Big Numbers’ mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.
  • 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 S2 – Ratings Score: 4.41
    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 Ion watch which is newer and also provides distances to hazards.
  • Garmin Approach S20 – Ratings Score: 4.25
    The Garmin S20 isn’t for everyone, but for some of us, it’s worthy of becoming a full-time smartwatch with an activity tracker, sleep tracker, and smartphone notifications, plus a really cool 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. It takes a little time to set up before you first use it, but after that, it takes care of itself. When you combine it 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 G6 – Ratings Score: 4.20
    Pre-loaded, no fees and excellent user reviews. Definitely our first choice in a full-featured 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. The price is the reason we put it at the top of our list!
  • 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 Approach X40 – Ratings Score: 4.17
    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 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 S6 – Ratings Score: 3.74
    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.

Golf Buddy

  • Golf Buddy 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 BB5 – New
  • 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. If you want the watch band, order the bundle.
  • GolfBuddy WT3 Watch – Ratings Score: 4.08
    The GolfBuddy WT3 Watch is definitely a contender. It has distances to front, middle and back, plus to hazards and layups. You can also set the pin position manually. Of course it’s preloaded and never has any fees. If you’re a walker or runner, it can track the distance and time of your journey.
  • GolfBuddy Ladies LD2 – Ratings Score: 4.00
  • GolfBuddy CT2 – Ratings Score: 3.90
  • GolfBuddy VT3 – Ratings Score: 3.00
    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. Check out our current list of best golf watches.

Izzo

  • Izzo Swami 4000+ – Ratings Score: 4.42
    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 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.

Pebble

  • Pebble E-Paper Watch – Ratings Score: 3.80
    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.

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 Watch – Ratings Score: 3.68
    Besides having annual fees, the ratings on this watch just don’t measure up to the competition.
  • 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: 3.80
    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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