Best Golf Watch

Below are our picks for the Best Golf Watches currently on the market. Different features appeal to different types of players, so take a look at our top six golf watches below and a few new ones that might be worth a look as well. These are all great watches, so pick the one that has the features and price that fit you best!

You may also want to use our Personalized Selection Quiz to find the best golf GPS for your budget and style of play.

Best Golf GPS Watches
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
Garmin S4 Golf WatchRead Full Review

The Garmin Approach S4 is currently our favorite golf watch. 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!

Review Score: 4.15        Slope: N/A

Garmin S4 Golf Watch
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Bushnell neo-XS Golf WatchRead Full Review

The Bushnell NEO XS is our pick for the best value in a golf watch. It’s not as slick as the Garmin touchscreen watches and it doesn’t have a scorecard or stats, but if you don’t need all that and are looking for distances to the front, middle and back of the greens plus up to four hazards per hole, this is the watch for you!

Review Score: 4.26        Slope: N/A

Bushnell neo-XS Golf Watch
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Garmin Approach S6Read Full Review

There is no other golf watch like the Garmin Approach S6. We think the best feature is the fairway view screen. You might not need it on your home course, but it sure comes in handy on courses you’ve never seen. It’s got all the same features as the Garmin S4. It’s also go swing metrics, but to be honest, the only reason to spend the extra money on this watch is for the fairway views.

Review Score: 3.74        Slope: No

Garmin Approach S6
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Garmin Approach S3Read Full Review

The Garmin S3 is one slick golf watch and the reduced price makes it all the more fun. It has a touchscreen with distances to the front, middle and back, plus layups. It has manual pin positioning, shot measuring and a scorecard. As with all Garmin golf devices, there are never any annual fees.

Review Score: 4.19        Slope: No

Garmin Approach S3
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GolfBuddy VS4Read Full Review

GolfBuddy isn’t messing with a good thing. The two predecessors to the VS4, the GolfBuddy Voice and Voice+ are on the top of our rankings charts for a reason… they are small, super easy to use and get great battery life. The VS4 builds on that by adding water resistance. Voice and/or digital display provide distances to the front, middle and back of the greens. Dynamic green view shows the shape of the green from your angle of approach and shot measuring gives you direct feedback about your game. Early user reviews are terrific and the price is nice! A watchband can be purchased separately.

Review Score: 4.62        Slope: No

GolfBuddy VS4
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Garmin Approach S1 WatchRead Full Review

Prior to the release of the Garmin Approach S1, all of the successful golf GPS products were handheld devices. The highly rated S1 became so popular that golf watches began to flood the market. The Garmin S1 is still a great basic golf watch that gives distances to the front, center and back of every green with no hassle, but it’s no longer the only game in town. Check out the Bushnell watches, as well as the newer Garmin models.

Review Score: 4.48        Slope: No

Garmin Approach S1 Watch
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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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