Garmin Approach G8 Review

We can’t wait to do our Garmin Approach G8 Review, because we think it’s going to take the headache out of golf GPS for many users. It’s going to cost a little more, but imagine having the most up-to-date course maps all the time, WITHOUT having to hook up to a computer and WITHOUT paying any fees!

“Garmin Approach G8″

Price $399.95

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One important note … neither of Garmin’s new models, the G7 or G8, qualify as a device that can be used when the USGA local rule allowing distance measuring devices, is in effect. In other words, these units are probably not your best option if you play in competitive events that are concerned with the USGAs take on this issue. In that case, consider the Garmin Approach G6 instead.

Garmin Approach G8 Review Score:
4.19 Stars 4.19 out of 5 (216 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

At least in the beginning, the Garmin G8 is going to run about $100 more than the newly released Garmin G7. The Approach G8 is has a larger screen (3″ diag.), is slicker looking, and thinner than the G7, but the biggest difference is that it comes with Wifi. Of course it already comes preloaded with 30,000+ golf courses, so you probably don’t have to worry about making any updates right away, but you can get the updates and new courses without ever having to plug it into your computer. In our experience, that’s a big deal for many users.

The other feature that only the Garmin G8 has, is PinPointer technology, that will give you a line to the center of the green, for times when you can’t see it. If that is an easy to find feature, it will definitely benefit those who frequently play new courses.

Both the Approach G7 and G8 have four features that were not available on the highly successful Garmin Approach G6.

  • “Plays Like” distance, that estimates how far a shot is actually playing based on the elevation.
  • Recommends a club based upon how far you hit it.
  • Pairs with your iPhone to show text and email messages and other notifications.
  • Can be switched into Big Numbers Mode, showing just three large numbers for distance to the front, center and back of the green. This might be a nice feature if you’re sharing the device with a spouse or someone who doesn’t need all the extra information that the G8 provides.
Garmin Approach G8 Features and Specifications
Model Garmin Approach G8
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 30,000+
Battery Life up to 15 hrs.
Battery Rechargeable Li-Poly
Height 4.4 in.
Width 2.1 in.
Depth .6 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.5 x 2.6
Resolution 240x400px
Display Type Transreflec ColorTFT
Weight 3.97 oz.
Rainproof Yes IPX7
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting Yes
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually Yes
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) No
Notes Has Wifi for updating courses. “Plays Like” distance adjusts for elevation, recommends a club based on how far you hit the ball, displays texts, emails and notifications from your iPhone and has Big Number mode.

Garmin Approach G8

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  1. Janet Franklin says:

    Garmin Approach G8
    Did they rush this too production and are there quality checks? Two units and both froze up. No more returns for me. In the market for something more reliable. Has anyone had experience with their older models or if the new Sky Caddies have comparable features that reliably work. Thanks, Jan.

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says:

      Hi Janet. The Garmin G6 has very good reviews – better than any other full-featured golf GPS devices. Let us know what you end up using.

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