Garmin Golf GPS Reviews

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.

Garmin Golf GPS Current Models
Garmin Approach S20 - Read Full Review

We've put the Garmin S20 at the top of our list because it's an outstanding golf watch at very low price point. Besides that, it's a worthy activity and sleep tracker and can aslo recieve notifications from your smartphone. As a golf watch, it provides distance to the front, middle, and back of the green on the main screen, as well as the green shape. You can manually adjust the pin placement and you can also view distances to the front and back of hazards as well as doglegs. There's a feature called AutoShot that automatically records the distance of your shots. When you combine the watch stats with Garmin Connect, your post-game analysis gets really interesting. It can also pair up with Garmin TruSwing™ if you want swing metrics. We love that it automatically updates courses you play regularly, looks and feels better than most golf watches, and it has 15 hours of battery life in GPS mode or 8 weeks in activity mode!

Rating: 4.31
Weight: 1.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G10 - Read Full Review

It looks like Garmin is going to give GolfBuddy some real competition in the small clip-on category of golf GPS devices. The Garmin Approach G10 doesn't provide audible distances, but it does offer green views and manual pin placement in addition to distances to the front, middle, and back of every green. It also has a scorecard feature with stats. We particularly like that you can use it with Garmin Connect for online game analysis and record keeping. The price is competitive and the reviews are very good.

Rating: 4.42
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach X40 - Read Full Review

We love Garmin golf watches and we love Garmin fitness bands, so we find the Garmin X40 band very exciting. Golf features include distance to the front, middle, and back of every green, plus hazard distances. You can see the shape of the green and manually adjust the pin position. AutoShot tracking measures and records your shot distances automatically. It has a scorecard and stat-tracking. Activity tracking shows steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. If that's not enough, you can get notifications from your smartphone.

Rating: 4.22
Weight: 1.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G8 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach G8 has full hole graphics and touch targeting to any point on a hole. If you want the ultimate golf GPS, this one has it all. No need to connect to a computer for updates, the G8 can deliver them via Wifi. It's the first golf GPS with Slope. It displays a "Plays Like" distance that is calculated using changes in elevation and it will also recommend a club. You can turn these features off to make it legal for tournament play. If you have an iPhone and having messages and notifications on your golf GPS appeals to you, the G8 can receive notifications via Bluetooth.

Rating: 4.18
Weight: 3.97 oz.   Legal: Yes, when Plays Like distance and Club Advice are turned off.
Garmin Approach S60 - Read Full Review

Garmin's newest golf watch looks to be a sophisticated golf watch, fitness watch, and smartwatch. It will be released in the summer of 2017 and we look forward to exploring all the features here very soon!

Rating: 3.86
Weight: 1.8* oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach S6 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S6 is the only golf watch on the market with fairway views and manual targeting. That's what makes this watch worth the extra money. If you're standing on the tee of a dogleg with bunkers near your landing zone, it's really nice to know how far the trouble is. It's not for everyone, but it's worth considering for those who play unfamiliar courses frequently.

Rating: 3.75
Weight: 1.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, providing Pin Pointer, Tempo Training, and Swing Strength are not used
Garmin Approach G30 - Read Full Review

We are excited about the Garmin Approach G30, Garmin's newest handheld golf GPS! This full-featured unit provides full hole views, touch targeting to any point on a hole (including the pin position), a scorecard for up to four people, and stat tracking. You can also set it up to get notifications from your smartphone during your round. Using the Garmin Connect app, you can have detailed game analysis on your phone or your computer. This model is a little smaller than previous Garmin handhelds, making easy to carry in your pocket or clip to your belt or golf bag. It also has a 'Big Numbers' mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.

Rating: 3.73
Weight: 2.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Vivoactive HR - Read Full Review

The Vivoactive HR is a multi-sport fitness tracking smartwatch that includes golf GPS, running, biking, swimming, rowing, and skiing. Of course you can get your smartphone notifications on it as well. The 24/7 heart rate monitoring makes it really appealing to fitness enthusiasts.

Rating: 4.06  
Weight: 1.68 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Garmin vivoactive - Read Full Review

The Garmin vivoactive fitness watch provides distances to the front, middle and back of every green, plus layup yardages and doglegs. However, it is really a fitness watch that includes golf, rather than a golf watch. It will serve runners, cyclist, swimmers, walkers and anyone wanting to track steps and activity. It's also a smartwatch that will provide notifications from your smartphone. For the price, it packs a lot of bang for your buck!

Rating: 4.00
Weight: 1.34 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 just doesn't get the feedback we are looking for in a golf watch. Take a look at our favorite golf watches.

Rating: 3.10
Weight: 1.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
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