SkyCaddie SG5 Review

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For our SkyCaddie SG5 Review Summary, we carefully read nearly 70 reviews and wrote down everything users said about their SkyCaddie SG5 experiences. We counted which pros and which cons were mentioned the most frequently and have compiled our results. The results are listed in order from most mentioned to least. We also average out user ratings from as many websites as we can find and come up with our composite GRS Score.

SkyCaddie SG5 User Rating: 4.38 Stars 4.38 out of 5 (439 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.
PROS (In order of mentions high to low):
  1. Accuracy
  2. Easy Computer Set-up and Downloads
  3. Easy to use
  4. Lots of courses
  5. Improves golf game
  6. Intelligreen – exact shape of the green rotates to match your angle of approach
  7. Fast distance acquisition from satellites
  8. Speeds up play
  9. Up-to-date
  10. Color screen
  11. Easy to read and easy to see in bright sunlight
  12. Email support responds quickly
  13. Digital Scorecard
  14. Holevue – on some courses – graphic view of the hole that allows you to zoom and get yardage to desired target
  15. Alternate targets – hazards, carries and layups
  16. Stat tracking – fairways, GIRs and putts
  17. No charge for feature upgrades
  18. Good Customer Service (note: more people complained than complimented)
  19. Good battery life
  20. Intelligreen Pro – available on some courses. Displays green contours
  21. Size
  22. Club SG – Upload your scores and stats for analysis and sharing
CONS (In order of mentions high to low<):
  1. Annual membership fee
  2. Poor Customer Service
  3. Limit of 10 courses stored – $20 upgrade to 20 courses
  4. If you don’t renew your membership, the courses stored on your device will stop working
  5. Too big to fit easily into a pocket
  6. Steep price
  7. Learning curve and no instructions
  8. Not waterproof
  9. Doesn’t take Alkaline batteries, so if don’t get to recharge it before you play, you may be out of luck.
  10. Software Problems
  11. Does not come pre-loaded with courses

Golf Rangefinder Shop Summary: The one thing mentioned more often than any other in all the reviews we read, was how accurate the device was. One reason may be that SkyGolf, the maker of SkyCaddie GPS rangefinders, ground-verifies every course in their database. This means that an actual person goes to the golf course with specialized equipment to make sure the yardages are accurate. All other golf GPS devices use only satellite imagery. We don’t know of any studies that have been done to prove it, but this might mean SkyCaddie GPS devices are more consistently accurate than other units. Although nobody likes paying the annual SkyCaddie membership fee, many of those who mentioned it as a negative, felt it was worth it for the accuracy. Although ‘Annual membership fees’ was the most mentioned CON, “Poor Customer Service” was the one that really got our attention. There were several users who had good experiences with customer support, particularly email and chat support, but there were more who had bad experiences. From telephone wait times to rude comments, over 10% of the user reviews we read, were unhappy with some aspect of technical support. Considering how many users are thrilled with their SkyCaddie SG5, we’re guessing most of them have never needed to contact Customer Service. That in itself is a PRO. We at the Golf Rangefinder Shop have set-up many SkyCaddies and downloaded many courses with no problems at all.

Our Conclusion:
  • If consistent accuracy is the most important feature that you want in your golf rangefinder AND a laser rangefinder isn’t your thing, then the SkyCaddie SG5 should definitely be on your short list. You should also be prepared to defend your decision to pay annual fees (hopefully for more consistent accuracy), as several GPS models are now coming pre-loaded with thousands of golf courses and no membership fees. Also remember that you can only store 10 courses at a time on your SG5 (20 courses after a $20 upgrade).
  • If you have computer phobias and little patience with things like bad customer support, then you should look into getting a pre-loaded golf GPS device instead.
Skygolf SkyCaddie SG5 Feature Table
SkyCaddie SG5
Course Download Fees Yes
Pre-loaded with Courses No
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 14 hrs max
Battery Li-ion recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 5.4 in. x 2.2 in. x 1 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 2.2
Resolution hi-res
Display Type backlit color LCD
Weight 5.5 oz.
Rainproof No
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning N/A
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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