Best Golf Watch

Below are our picks for the Best Golf Watches currently on the market in 2017. Some of them simply provide distances to the front, middle, and back of the greens and to hazards. Others offer a scorecard with stat-tracking and some are full-blown smartwatches and fitness trackers. These are all great golf watches, so pick the one that has the features and price that fit you best!

Best Golf GPS Watches
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Bushnell Neo Ion Golf WatchRead Full Review

The reviews on the Bushnell Neo Ion golf watch are turning out to be as good if not better than any golf watch we’ve seen. Our take is that Bushnell hasn’t made any big technological changes since the Neo XS, but has taken what works and put it into a nicer package. The lighter-weight, better-looking Neo Ion still provides distance to the front, middle, and back of the greens, as well as distances to hazards… AND the battery will easily last through 3 rounds!

Rating: 4.47 (137 ratings)  Slope: No
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Garmin Approach S20Read Full Review

If you’re just looking for a golf GPS watch that gives distances to a variety of targets and nothing more, this probably isn’t the watch for you. However, if you’re a little bit of a geek, then this watch may be the one you’re looking for! The S20 combines smartwatch features of phone notifications, activity tracking, and sleep tracking with a golf watch loaded with features. The display is really clean and the main golf screen displays the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green plus the green shape. You can manually change the pin position for more precise distance. Distances to doglegs and the front and back of hazards is a button press away. Not only is there a scorecard, but the S20 can automatically track all of your full shots. On Garmin Connect, you can see your full hole graphic locations of your shots, distances, and clubs used (not including putts). This watch also automatically gets any updates for courses you play regularly and it has excellent battery life. You may just want to make the Garmin S20 your full-time watch!

Rating: 4.25 (158 ratings)  Slope: N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Garmin S4 Golf WatchRead Full Review

The Garmin Approach S4 is definitely one of our favorite golf watches. It is intuitive and simple to use and yet has some wonderful features. Our favorites: 1)the scorecard and stats are super easy and quick; 2)the dedicated green view button and excellent touchscreen make seeing the green shape and manually setting the pin location very easy; 3)Everything you need is handy, so there’s no disruption to your round, even if you have it set up to get notifications from your iPhone!

Rating: 4.06 (276 ratings)  Slope: N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Garmin Approach S2Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S2 has been around for a long time now, but don’t discount it for that. Garmin continues to make this watch and the ratings are rock solid. The only edge we can give to the newer Bushnell Neo Ion is that it gives distances to hazards, where the S2 gives distances to dogleg layups and not so much to hazards.

Rating: 4.41 (924 ratings)  Slope: N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Garmin Approach X40Read Full Review

The Garmin X40 packs in both golf and fitness tracking features into a small band that you can wear all the time. The activity tracking includes steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. For golf, you get the usual distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus hazards. It has a scorecard with stat-tracking, plus AutoShot tracking measures and records your shot distances automatically. It also connects to your smartphone for notifications.

Rating: 4.17 (86 ratings)  Slope: No
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes


Garmin vivoactiveRead Full Review

The Garmin vivoactive is pretty exciting for golfers or other sports enthusiasts who didn’t relish the idea of wearing two watches or a watch and a fitness tracker. The vivoactive takes all of their experience with sports watches and fitness bands and packs it into a thin, lightweight smartwatch. That means the benefits won’t end with your fitness activities. Notifications, weather, stock market reports and more will be easily accessible!

Rating: 4.00 (1613 ratings)  Slope: N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule): No


New Golf GPS Watches (Unrated)
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Bushnell Excel Golf GPS WatchLearn More

The Bushnell Excel golf watch takes a step in a new direction from previous Bushnell golf watches. The extremely popular Bushnell Neo Ion, as well as earlier models, are not loaded with features but perform extremely well at providing what most golfers want – distances to the front/middle/back of the green and hazards.

The Excel tries to merge that concept of simplicity with some added features by adding Bluetooth connectivity to your iPhone or Android phone and providing a free full-featured golf GPS app to go with it. You can now get course updates through the app and get notifications from your phone, right on your watch. You can also use the swing metrics feature to analyze your swing and review the data on the app. You’ll also find weather information and a step counter on this watch. We’re looking forward to seeing how this watch performs in the real world!

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  1. william storck says:

    I have a garmin s-1 approx. yrs old. The plastic band (solid with watch) has broken off from the watch. interested in a brand that has a replaceable band.

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