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. For side by side comparisons see our full list of Golf GPS Reviews.

Golfer Description Best GPS for golf
Knows enough about golf to engage in some course management. Appreciates detailed information as long as it’s easy to come by. 
  1. Garmin G6 ApproachGarmin Approach G6 – The Garmin Approach G6 is simply the best value in a full-featured golf GPS. It’s preloaded, has no fees and is more intuitive than its competition, yet still packed with features!
  2. Garmin Approach G8garmin-approach-g8 – The G8 has some bells and whistles not found on the G6, but it will cost more and it doesn’t comply with the USGA’s local rule regarding distance measuring devices. That said, if you have the budget and don’t need it to be “legal”, this unit has some great features, including the equivalent of Slope on the laser rangefinder. Not only is it preloaded, but it also can be easily updated over any Wifi network.
Plays fast, likes things quick and convenient, doesn’t obsess over details.
  1. golfbuddy-vs4-80GolfBuddy VS4 - It’s small, easy to use, gets great battery life, is waterproof and can be worn on a clip or as a watch! Like all GolfBuddy models, it’s preloaded and has no fees ever.
  2. golfbuddy-voice+watch80GolfBuddy Voice+ – This is the predecessor to the VS4 and the only difference we’ve noticed is that it’s not waterproof. The price difference make this worth considering if you are confident in your ability to keep it dry!
  3. bushnell-neo-x-watch80Bushnell Neo X Golf Watch – The Neo X is super simple to use and the convenience of having the distances on your wrist is hard to beat. It has limited hazard information that is easy to access, but otherwise you’ll find little reason to even touch the watch during your round. All Bushnell watches come preloaded and never have any fees.
Has difficulty seeing the scorecard or a normal GPS screen.
  1. golfbuddy-vs4-80GolfBuddy VS4 - The voice feature is indispensible for many who have difficulty seeing the numbers on the screen of other golf GPS devices. It’s small, easy to use, gets great battery life, is waterproof and can be worn on a clip or as a watch! Also preloaded with no fees.
  2. Izzo Swami 4000Izzo Swami 4000 – If you’re looking for a reasonably priced GPS with large numbers, the Izzo Swami 4000 may be just what you need. Distance to the center of the green is big and bold in the middle. Distances to the front and back are larger than most GPS devices.
  3. golfbuddy-voice+watch80GolfBuddy Voice+ – Just like the VS4, the Voice+ provides distance on the screen and via Voice. The only difference is that the Voice+ costs less and lacks waterproofing.
Desires accuracy, but not satisfied with yardages to only visible targets, which is all that you can get from a regular laser rangefinders.
  1. Bushnell Hybrid ReviewBushnell Hybrid – One of Bushnell’s top laser rangefinders combined with their top-rated GPS neo+. The accuracy of laser combined with GPS green and hazard information. Comes preloaded. We consider this the best overall golf rangefinder because it combines GPS and laser. The GPS is basic, but combining with laser will allow you the most information with the greatest ease of use. 

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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