Comparison of Golf GPS Watches

Golf GPS WatchesIn our comparison of golf GPS watches, it’s a big surprise to see the relatively unknown Expresso WR62 at the top of the ratings chart. However if you look closely at the features and price on the WR62, you can see how it climbed over the highly successful Garmin S1 golf watch. There are two additional contenders in the new Garmin S3 and the MOTOACTV Golf Edition watch. Check the comparison chart below and see which one fits your game.

  • Garmin Approach S1 – This watch became hugely popular in 2011 and the ratings are at the top of our GPS charts. It is preloaded with 18,000+ golf courses and provides distance information to the front, middle and back of the green. Convenience and simplicity may be the key to the success of the Garmin S1, but still there are some users who wish for more. Available in black or white.
  • Garmin Approach S3 – Garmin’s latest GPS golf watch quite a few features, including a touchscreen and layup yardages. It is preloaded with 27,000 golf courses, has shot measure and scorecard features and an odometer. Plus it has Garmin’s reputation and experience behind it. Available in black or white.
  • MOTOACTV Golf Edition – Motorola has added a feature-rich golf watch to their popular MOTOACTV line and it comes preloaded with 20,000+ golf courses. In addition to green distances , it provides hazard distance information, a shot measuring feature, plus wireless uploading and detailed analysis tools. It’s also got a few fitness tools.
  • Expresso WR62 – Expresso adds a nicely priced golf watch to their golf GPS collection. It also will have preloaded green and hazard distances and shot measuring capability, along with the best price and battery life of all the watches.
  • Bushnell neo+ Golf Watch – Released in 2012, the Bushnell neo+ golf watch has nearly the same feature set as the successful Garmin S1. It’s preloaded with distances to the front, middle and back of every green and it has the shot measuring feature. The battery life matches that of the Expresso WR62, but the Bushnell watch lacks the additional features of the other 2012 watches.

The new Garmin S3, the MOTOACTV and the Expresso WR62 will all begin shipping in April, so we won’t know for sure who does well in this battle for a couple of months, but let’s break down the features right now.


Garmin Approach S3 Watch Garmin Approach S1 Watch Expresso WR62 Golf Watch MOTOACTV Golf Watch

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Display 1″ x 1″ Display 1″ x 1″ Display 1″ x 1″ Display 1″ x 1″
2.06 oz. 1.8 oz. N/A oz. N/A oz.
Li-ion recharge Li-ion recharge Li-ion recharge N/A
4 wks / 8 hrs in GPS 3 wks / 8 hrs GPS 12 hrs w/ GPS on N/A
Rainproof Rainproof Rainproof Rainproof
Touchscreen No Touchscreen No Touchscreen Touchscreen
No Stats No Stats No Stats Full Stats
Scorecard No Scorecard No Scorecard Scorecard
Print scorecard from PC     PC Stats Analysis
Layups & Doglegs No layups or hazards Hazards Hazards
Measures Shots Measures Shots Measures Shots Measures Shots
27,000 courses preloaded 14,000+ courses preloaded N/A 20,000 courses preloaded
No fees No fees No fees No fees
Odometer. Available in Black & White, Time, Date, Waterproof IPX7 (30 min. immersed at a depth of 1 meter) Odometer. Available in Black & White, Time, Date, Waterproof IPX7 (30 min. immersed at a depth of 1 meter) 62-channel satellite receiver, Waterproof up to 30 meters, Stopwatch, Time, Date, Alarm, Odometer Syncs wirelessly to and provides virtual representation of your round using satellite course view. Can display texts and calls from your smartphone. Tracks heart rate*, pace, distance and calories burned.
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  1. The garmin S1 regarding the preloaded golf courses……do the include courses from across Canada?

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says:

      The Garmin S1 is available in two versions. Either preloaded with courses from the U.S. or from Canada. However it’s free to download courses that do not come preloaded, whether Canadian or U.S.

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