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 – Brand new in 2012, and quite frankly, it’s the one we’ve been waiting for… It’s preloaded, has no fees and has all the features you would hope for in a GPS. Users are saying it’s easy to read and easy to use. If you are looking for a full-featured golf GPS with no fees, this is the one we would recommend.
  2. Garmin Approach G5 thumbnailGarmin Approach G5 – If you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly, the predecessor to the G6, the Garmin Approach G5, is a nice choice. It doesn’t come with as many courses preloaded and it’s considerably larger than the G6, but most users are happy with the G5.
Plays fast, likes things quick and convenient, doesn’t obsess over details.
  1. Golf Buddy Voice ReviewGolf Buddy Voice – This golf GPS is preloaded and gives verbal and visual yardages to the front, center and back of every green. Users have given extremely high marks to the Golf Buddy Voice.
  2. Bushnell neo+ ReviewBushnell neo+ – great price for a preloaded golf GPS with hazard distances as well as front, center and back green distances.
  3. Garmin S1 Golf WatchGarmin S1 Golf Watch – it’s preloaded, its always with you, and provides distances to the front, center and back of every green. Highly rated by users.
Has difficulty seeing the scorecard or a normal GPS screen.
  1. Golf Buddy Voice ReviewGolf Buddy Voice – This golf GPS is preloaded and gives verbal yardages to the front, center and back of every green. The ratings for this put it at the top of our list for all types of GPS golf rangefinders.
  2. Izzo Swami 4000Izzo Swami 4000 – If you’re looking for a reasonably priced GPS with large numbers, Izzo’s newest release 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.
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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