It’s not secret that Garmin is the leader in golf GPS. Below is a summary of each of our Garmin golf GPS reviews with links to the full reviews and lowest prices. We’ve put them in order by ratings score, but quite frankly, they are all worth considering.
- Garmin Approach G7 – Read Full Review
Garmin added a few features to it’s very successful G6 and the G7 was born. If you like the idea of having a “Plays Like” distance that adjusts for elevation and club recommendations based on your hitting distances and/or if you like getting text messages, emails and notifications from your iPhone, then you’ll find this a worthwhile investment. If not, the G6 or the G8 may be more to your liking.
Review Score: 99 from N/A Reviews
- Garmin Approach G8 – Read Full Review
If you have the budget for this one and no great love for your PC, the ability to update courses via Wifi will be a real bonus. You’ll want to stay away from this model if you play competitively because it doesn’t meet the USGA’s local rule criteria. If you have an iPhone and having messages and notifications on your golf GPS, appeals to you, the G8 or the G7 will serve you well. The “Plays Like” distance that calculates using changes in elevation is something we think many golfers will enjoy.
Review Score: 99 from N/A Reviews
- Garmin Approach S1 Watch – Read Full Review
The Garmin S1 was the first golf GPS watch to hit the mainstream and its ratings are amazing. It’s still a solid performer at a terrific price, but be sure to check out the Bushnell neo-X and neo-XS. Both are newer, smaller and have distances to hazards.
Review Score: 4.48 from 1285 Reviews
- Garmin Approach S2 – Read Full Review
The Garmin S2 offers doglegs, layup yardages and a digital scorecard. It gets excellent ratings, but if the scorecard isn’t important to you, also check the Bushnell neo-X watch and the Bushnell neo-XS, which both give distances to hazards.
Review Score: 4.39 from 212 Reviews
- Garmin Approach G6 – Read Full Review
This is our #1 recommendation for a full featured golf GPS. A responsive, bright touchscreen with lots of details and a fair price.
Review Score: 4.36 from 126 Reviews
- Garmin S4 Golf Watch – Read Full Review
This is the golf GPS watch for those who want it all. Besides having tons of courses preloaded, green distances and layup distances, it’s got a touchscreen that allows manual pin positioning, scorecard and stats. And for those who want to be “connected” all the time without looking at their smartphones every few minutes… this watch can display email and text messages plus other notifications from an iPhone.
Review Score: 4.26 from 77 Reviews
- Garmin Approach G5 – Read Full Review
This is one of the best values in a Full-Featured golf GPS device. It’s preloaded with golf courses, is easy to use and doesn’t have any fees. The reviews don’t quite measure up to the Garmin G6, but if your budget is tight, you’ll want to take a look at the G5.
Review Score: 4.17 from 401 Reviews
- Garmin Approach S3 Watch – Read Full Review
This is one slick watch and definitely among our top picks if price is not an issue. We love the touchscreen, distances to hazards, shot measuring and scorecard. However it’s not for everyone – if simplicity is more your style, the Garmin S1 is probably a better choice.
Review Score: 4.14 from 223 Reviews