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 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
SkyCaddie TOUCH - Read Full Review

If there were no annual fees, we just might give the SkyCaddie Touch a thumbs up. We like the idea of the bluetooth connectivity for updating the courses, but are still waiting to see if it works for users. Quite frankly at this point in time, we will still choose any of the Garmin models over the SkyCaddie Touch.

Rating: 3.80
Weight: 3.8 oz.   Legal: Yes
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The Typical Golfer
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 Phantom - Read Full Review

We think Bushnell has a big winner on its hands with the Bushnell Phantom. It's easy to use, easy to see, and the price is right. That's not where the good news ends however... The Phantom has the ability to update golf courses wirelessly via Bluetooth and an app on your smartphone. That's a huge improvement over previous models. They also added a magnet to the back of this unit so you can stick it on your golf cart for glance and go distance to the front, middle, and back of every green. If you prefer, they also include a clip for your belt or bag. It has up to four hazards on every hole and long battery life with up to 16 hours per charge. It's rainproof and of course, preloaded with over 36,000 golf courses with no additional fees for updates.

Rating: 4.69
Weight: 1.83 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach S10 - Read Full Review

We are thrilled that Garmin finally has a new basic golf watch. We think this will be the best-selling golf watch on the market for awhile to come. Why? Because it does everything most golfers want in a golf watch and it's lightweight and compact. On the main screen, you will see distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus the hole number and par. The shape of the green is also right there on the same screen. If you need hazard information, it's one screen away. Many golfers won't ever touch the watch after starting a round. A simple glance will tell them what they need to know. You can also keep score on this watch and upload your scores to Garmin Express so your playing history is always available. It doesn't offer a way of tracking your stats, so if you are looking for that feature, check out Garmin's other golf watches.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 1.2 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Ion 2 - Read Full Review

Bushnell continues to stick with what works. The new Bushnell iON2 looks very similar to its predecessor the Neo iON. The feature set is almost identical too, but one improvement in particular really stand out. They have added Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone, so course updates can be done automatically. The other noticeable change they made is that the band is now reversible. You can get the watch with either the black and blue band or a silver and green band. The Bushnell iON 2 provides distances to the front, middle, and back of every green plus up to four hazards and layups per hole. You can measure shot distance and the battery can last up to 3 rounds or 12 hours. The Bushnell smartphone app also provides hole layouts with distance and flyovers. It doesn't allow for scorekeeping or tracking stats, but it does have a fitness step tracker. We think it's direct competition is the Garmin S10.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 1.7 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Speedy
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 Phantom - Read Full Review

We think Bushnell has a big winner on its hands with the Bushnell Phantom. It's easy to use, easy to see, and the price is right. That's not where the good news ends however... The Phantom has the ability to update golf courses wirelessly via Bluetooth and an app on your smartphone. That's a huge improvement over previous models. They also added a magnet to the back of this unit so you can stick it on your golf cart for glance and go distance to the front, middle, and back of every green. If you prefer, they also include a clip for your belt or bag. It has up to four hazards on every hole and long battery life with up to 16 hours per charge. It's rainproof and of course, preloaded with over 36,000 golf courses with no additional fees for updates.

Rating: 4.69
Weight: 1.83 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
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
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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
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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
Bushnell Hybrid - Read Full Review

We are so excited to see Bushnell bring back a Laser/GPS Hybrid Rangefinder to its lineup. They've added all the features we could have hoped for on this 2018 hybrid rangefinder. This time you have Pinseeker with Jolt, making it fast and easy to know when you're locked on to the flag, but better than that, you'll also see the GPS distance to the front and the back of the green right in the laser display! Besides that, the GPS displays on the side of the unit and has distances to hazards available there. We love that there is one battery for GPS and one battery for laser and we love that you can update the courses wirelessly via Bluetooth and an app. The app also has full holeview and distances, as well as flyover views. We think Bushnell has knocked this one out of the park!

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 6.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
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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Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder - Read Full Review

The price point on the new Callaway Hybrid is really attractive. Although it doesn't include the GPS front and back distances to the green within the laser display, it does display front, middle and back GPS distances on the same side of the rangefinder as the eyepieces. It also includes distances to hazards and doglegs. For some reason, hybrid rangefinders haven't been that popular in the past, but at this price, I expect the Callaway Hybrid to be fairly popular.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 5.6 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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