Best GPS for Golf

What is the best GPS for golf? (drum roll please)….. well, that all depends on the type of golfer who will be using it. We’ll break it down for you here or just head on over to our Personalized Golf GPS Quiz. Golf watches are not included in our recommendations below.

Recommendations by Golfer Description:

  • The Course and Game Manager: Knows enough about golf to engage in some course management. Appreciates detailed information as long as it’s easy to come by.
  • The Typical Golfer: Interested in distances to the green and to hazards.
  • “Speedy”:: Plays fast, likes things quick and convenient, doesn’t obsess over details.
  • Big Numbers, Please!: Has difficulty seeing the scorecard or a normal GPS screen.
  • The Hybrid: Desires accuracy, but not satisfied with yardages to only visible targets, which is all that you can get from a traditional laser rangefinder.


The Course and Game Manager
Garmin Approach G8 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach G8 is pretty much the ultimate golf GPS rangefinder. Until the G8 was released, you could only find "slope" information on laser rangefinders. Garmin changed that with G8, which can display "plays like" distance that is adjusted for elevation, plus club recommendations based upon slope and your hitting distances. The Garmin Approach G8 will also let you get notifications from your iPhone, which is a nice feature for some users. One of our favorite features is that it has Wifi for updating golf courses, so you don't have to connect it to your computer.

Rating: 4.18
Weight: 3.97 oz.   Legal: Yes, when Plays Like distance and Club Advice are turned off.
Garmin Approach S60 - Read Full Review

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!

Rating: 3.86
Weight: 1.8* oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach S6 - Read Full Review

There is no other golf watch like the Garmin Approach S6. We think the best feature is the fairway view screen. You might not need it on your home course, but it sure comes in handy on courses you've never seen. It's got all the same features as the Garmin S4. It's also go swing metrics, but to be honest, the only reason to spend the extra money on this watch is for the fairway views.

Rating: 3.75
Weight: 1.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, providing Pin Pointer, Tempo Training, and Swing Strength are not used
Garmin Approach G30 - Read Full Review

Finally a new full-featured golf GPS from Garmin! This little unit comes preloaded with over 40,000 golf courses. You'll get full hole views of every hole and touch targeting to anywhere on a hole. When you bring up Green View, you can even adjust the pin placement for more precise distance. Although the G30 drops the "Plays Like" feature found on the Garmin Approach G8 that adjusts for elevation, it does connect with your smartphone to display, text messages, emails, etc. It is small enough to carry in a pocket but also comes with a clip and a lanyard for your belt or golf bag. This model also has 'Big Numbers' mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the greens.

Rating: 3.73
Weight: 2.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
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The Typical Golfer
Bushnell Neo Ghost - Read Full Review

There is a a great chance that you're going to love the Bushnell Neo Ghost. The only problem is that more users than is typical experienced serious problems with the device. We are estimating 15% of complaints were serious enough to merit returning the unit. On the other hand, we estimate that 80% of users LOVE their Ghost! If you're up for taking a little risk, you might just end up with the best value in a golf GPS. If you're not, check out our Best Golf GPS list!

Rating: 4.00
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach S20 - Read Full Review

We're recommending the Garmin S20 for anyone looking for a golf watch. It has some nice advanced features if you're a little bit of a golf geek, but if you want to keep it simple, you can do that too. The S20 combines smartwatch features of phone notifications, activity tracking, and sleep tracking with a golf watch loaded with features. The main golf screen displays the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green plus the green shape. You can manually change the pin position for more precise distance. Distances to doglegs and the front and back of hazards is a button press away. Not only is there a scorecard, but the S20 can automatically track all of your full shots. On Garmin Connect, you can see your full hole graphic locations of your shots, distances, and clubs used (not including putts). This watch also automatically gets any updates for courses you play regularly and it has excellent battery life.

Rating: 4.31
Weight: 1.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G10 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach G10 packs a lot into a very small package. Besides the expected distances to the front, middle, and back of every green, you'll get the shape of the green and manual pin positioning. There's also a scorecard with stats that can be uploaded to your Garmin Connect account, providing you with historical data and game analysis. We love the price and overall, user reviews are quite favorable.

Rating: 4.42
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Neo Ion - Read Full Review

The reviews on the Bushnell Neo Ion golf watch are turning out to be as good if not better than any golf watch we've seen. Our take is that Bushnell hasn't made any big technological changes since the Neo XS, but has taken what works and put it into a nicer package. The lighter-weight, better-looking Neo Ion still provides distance to the front, middle, and back of the greens, as well as distances to hazards... AND the battery will easily last through 3 rounds!

Rating: 4.24
Weight: 1.8 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Speedy
Bushnell Neo Ghost - Read Full Review

There is a a great chance that you're going to love the Bushnell Neo Ghost. The only problem is that more users than is typical experienced serious problems with the device. We are estimating 15% of complaints were serious enough to merit returning the unit. On the other hand, we estimate that 80% of users LOVE their Ghost! If you're up for taking a little risk, you might just end up with the best value in a golf GPS. If you're not, check out our Best Golf GPS list!

Rating: 4.00
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G10 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach G10 packs a lot into a very small package. Besides the expected distances to the front, middle, and back of every green, you'll get the shape of the green and manual pin positioning. There's also a scorecard with stats that can be uploaded to your Garmin Connect account, providing you with historical data and game analysis. We love the price and overall, user reviews are quite favorable.

Rating: 4.42
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice 2 - Read Full Review

Every time GolfBuddy comes out with a new Voice model, it seems to get a little bit better. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 makes a huge leap with extended battery life. It boasts 14 hours which makes it the first one to be able to make it thru three 18-hole rounds. They've also added a choice of male and female voices. It's water resistant, has distances to the front, middle, and back of each green, and a shot measuring feature. The watch band can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Rating: 4.40
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice X - Read Full Review

We've been a fan of the GolfBuddy Voice line of GPS rangefinders for a long time. Each new iteration seems better than the one before and we hope that holds true for the new GolfBuddy VoiceX. The VoiceX adds quite a few features and a design change. Our favorite new feature is the automatic course update via Bluetooth and your smartphone. We also like the Big Numbers mode and manual pin positioning capability. Additionally, the new activity tracker could be a hit with walkers and runners. Watchband is available separately.

Rating: 99.00  
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice X
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Big Numbers, Please!
Bushnell Neo Ghost - Read Full Review

There is a a great chance that you're going to love the Bushnell Neo Ghost. The only problem is that more users than is typical experienced serious problems with the device. We are estimating 15% of complaints were serious enough to merit returning the unit. On the other hand, we estimate that 80% of users LOVE their Ghost! If you're up for taking a little risk, you might just end up with the best value in a golf GPS. If you're not, check out our Best Golf GPS list!

Rating: 4.00
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G8 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach G8 is pretty much the ultimate golf GPS rangefinder. Until the G8 was released, you could only find "slope" information on laser rangefinders. Garmin changed that with G8, which can display "plays like" distance that is adjusted for elevation, plus club recommendations based upon slope and your hitting distances. The Garmin Approach G8 will also let you get notifications from your iPhone, which is a nice feature for some users. One of our favorite features is that it has Wifi for updating golf courses, so you don't have to connect it to your computer.

Rating: 4.18
Weight: 3.97 oz.   Legal: Yes, when Plays Like distance and Club Advice are turned off.
Izzo Swami 5000 - Read Full Review

We like the Izzo Swami 5000 for its large, easy to read numbers, its price, and frankly it's large enough to fit into the front of a cart or cup holder without getting lost. The Swami 5000 provides distances to the front, middle, and back, plus hazards. It also has a scorecard for one player. This budget-friendly model is a great choice for anyone who isn't concerned with getting full hole views or post-game analysis!

Rating: 4.00
Weight: 2.7 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G30 - Read Full Review

Finally a new full-featured golf GPS from Garmin! This little unit comes preloaded with over 40,000 golf courses. You'll get full hole views of every hole and touch targeting to anywhere on a hole. When you bring up Green View, you can even adjust the pin placement for more precise distance. Although the G30 drops the "Plays Like" feature found on the Garmin Approach G8 that adjusts for elevation, it does connect with your smartphone to display, text messages, emails, etc. It is small enough to carry in a pocket but also comes with a clip and a lanyard for your belt or golf bag. This model also has 'Big Numbers' mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the greens.

Rating: 3.73
Weight: 2.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
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The Hybrid
Callaway Hybrid Laser - Read Full Review

We think a hybrid golf rangefinder is the best of both worlds. Laser is always dead-on accurate, but GPS can give you distance to the front, middle, and back of the green and even hazards that you can't see. The early ratings on this are good and the price is quite reasonable, so if you're interested in "having it all", you will definitely want to check out the Callaway Hybrid.

Rating: 4.50  
Weight: 7.6 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Comments

  1. BILL BIDDLE says:

    I HAVE BEEN USING A GARMIN G5 FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS AND IT HAS PERFORMED VERY WELL. BUY THE RECHARGABLE 3 A BATTERIES AND ONE PACKAGE HAS LASTED MORE THAN 5 MONTHS. I RECHARGE AFTER EVERY ROUND. PLAYING 3 OR 4 TIMES A WEEK THE GARMIN IS TOPS. RANGE FINDERS ARE OKAY BUT WHEN YOU PLAY UNFAMILIAR COURSES AND NEED THE DISTANCE TO FAIRWAY BUNKERS OR HIDDEN WATER HAZARDS YOU CAN’T BEAT THE GARMIN. THIS IS A GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY.

  2. Golf Rangefinder Shop says:

    Thanks Bill. I agree, it’s a real benefit to have hazards and layups when you are on an unfamiliar course. The Garmin G5 and G6 are solid performers.

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