Best Golf GPS

Our picks are separated into two categories, full-featured models and basic models. We didn’t include golf watches on this page unless they had a removable watch band. If you’re considering a watch, you’ll definitely want to
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Here are our picks for the Best Golf GPS Rangefinder 2017…


Full-featured Models
(Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
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Garmin Approach G8Read Full Review

The Garmin G8 is pretty much the ultimate golf GPS rangefinder. It has everything the Garmin G6 has, but with a sleeker design and several worthwhile new features. Until now, you could only find “slope” information on laser rangefinders. Garmin changes that with the G7 and G8, which both offer “plays like” distance that is adjusted for elevation, plus club recommendations based upon slope and your hitting distances. The G8 will also let you get notifications from your iPhone, which is a nice feature for some users, but we really love is that it has Wifi for updating golf courses.

Rating: 4.18 of 113 Reviews        Slope: both
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes, when Plays Like distance and Club Advice are turned off.


Garmin Approach G30Read 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: 99.00 of N/A Reviews        Slope: No
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Garmin Approach G6Read Full Review

If you want full hole views, but aren’t interested in the bells and whistles on the Garmin G7 or G8, this is a terrific full-featured golf GPS. The touchscreen is responsive and bright with lots of details. The G6 has been around for awhile, but it’s still worth comparing to the newer Garmin Approach G30.

Rating: 4.20 of 648 Reviews        Slope: No
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes, if Club Averages feature is not used.



Basic Models
(Yardages/No full hole views)
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Garmin Approach G10Read 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.

Review Score: 4.42        Slope: No
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


GolfBuddy Voice 2Read 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. If you want the watch band, order the bundle.

Review Score: 4.40        Slope: No
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Izzo Swami 5000Read 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 models is a great choice for anyone who isn’t concerned with getting full hole views or post-game analysis!

Review Score: 4.10        Slope: No
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Golf Buddy VoiceRead Full Review

The GolfBuddy Voice is a terrific golf GPS device. However, GolfBuddy has newer models with better battery life, excellent ratings, and a similar price. For that reason, we recommend you check out the latest from GolfBuddy.

Review Score: 4.57        Slope: N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Voice Caddie VC300Read Full Review

The Voice Caddie VC300 is impressive in presentation. It’s a small voice guided golf GPS providing distance to the front, middle and back of every green. It has shot measuring and a swing tempo metronome for practice. It’s a swipe and click device with a great voice!

Review Score: 4.42        Slope: N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


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