Best Garmin Golf Watch

One of the most commonly asked questions we hear is “What is the Best Garmin Golf Watch?” To some extent, that depends on who will be using it. Some Garmin golf watches are pretty basic, some have lots of details, and some are multi-sport fitness watches. No matter your needs or budget, you should be able to find a Garmin golf watch that you’ll love!

We’ve summarized the most important features for each one below and listed the highest rated watches first.

Best Garmin Golf Watch
Garmin Approach S20 - Read Full Review

We've put the Garmin S20 at the top of our list because it's an outstanding golf watch at very low price point. Besides that, it's a worthy activity and sleep tracker and can aslo recieve notifications from your smartphone. As a golf watch, it provides distance to the front, middle, and back of the green on the main screen, as well as the green shape. You can manually adjust the pin placement and you can also view distances to the front and back of hazards as well as doglegs. There's a feature called AutoShot that automatically records the distance of your shots. When you combine the watch stats with Garmin Connect, your post-game analysis gets really interesting. It can also pair up with Garmin TruSwing™ if you want swing metrics. We love that it automatically updates courses you play regularly, looks and feels better than most golf watches, and it has 15 hours of battery life in GPS mode or 8 weeks in activity mode!

Rating: 4.31
Weight: 1.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach X40 - Read Full Review

We love Garmin golf watches and we love Garmin fitness bands, so we find the Garmin X40 band very exciting. Golf features include distance to the front, middle, and back of every green, plus hazard distances. You can see the shape of the green and manually adjust the pin position. AutoShot tracking measures and records your shot distances automatically. It has a scorecard and stat-tracking. Activity tracking shows steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. If that's not enough, you can get notifications from your smartphone.

Rating: 4.22
Weight: 1.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
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

The Garmin Approach S6 is the only golf watch on the market with fairway views and manual targeting. That's what makes this watch worth the extra money. If you're standing on the tee of a dogleg with bunkers near your landing zone, it's really nice to know how far the trouble is. It's not for everyone, but it's worth considering for those who play unfamiliar courses frequently.

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

The Vivoactive HR is a multi-sport fitness tracking smartwatch that includes golf GPS, running, biking, swimming, rowing, and skiing. Of course you can get your smartphone notifications on it as well. The 24/7 heart rate monitoring makes it really appealing to fitness enthusiasts.

Rating: 4.06  
Weight: 1.68 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Garmin vivoactive - Read Full Review

The Garmin vivoactive fitness watch provides distances to the front, middle and back of every green, plus layup yardages and doglegs. However, it is really a fitness watch that includes golf, rather than a golf watch. It will serve runners, cyclist, swimmers, walkers and anyone wanting to track steps and activity. It's also a smartwatch that will provide notifications from your smartphone. For the price, it packs a lot of bang for your buck!

Rating: 4.00
Weight: 1.34 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 just doesn't get the feedback we are looking for in a golf watch. Take a look at our favorite golf watches.

Rating: 3.10
Weight: 1.5 oz.   Legal: Yes is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Thank you.


  1. Christine Kenny says:

    Would you have a new strap for Garmin S2 or could you let me know where I might be able to purchase same. The Garmin I have is White.
    Hoping you can help.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    Yours Sincerely,

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says:

      Hi Christine. I found this one on Amazon that looks like it would do the trick. It even comes with the tools you will need to replace it!

      That’s our affiliate link, so please see the disclosure in the sidebar. Thanks!

  2. Christine Kenny says:

    I ordered a Garmin S2 wristband White via Amazon.
    but I have not had any correspondence in relation to my purchase.
    Please can you help me and find out what is happening about my purchase.
    Many Thanks in anticipation.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Christine Kenny.

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