GolfBuddy VoiceX Review

‘GolfBuddy VoiceX’

Order from Amazon

Our GolfBuddy VoiceX Review will be available soon, but we wanted to give you our initial thoughts right away.

Over the years, the one thing that GolfBuddy has done consistently well is to produce highly-rated, easy-to-use, voice golf GPS devices. We expect the GolfBuddy VoiceX will follow that pattern. The newest model released in late 2017 does add a few features not found on previous models, so we are anxious to see how users respond.

No Ratings Yet No Ratings Yet

The feature we are most excited about is the automatic course updates via Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone. When you arrive at the golf course and turn on the VoiceX, it will automatically check for updates and download them. If this feature works well, you’ll always be up-to-date without dealing with connecting it to your computer.

The GolfBuddy VoiceX also adds the ability to manually set the pin placements for more accurate distances to known pin locations. We don’t really think most users will use this feature, but for those who play on large greens, this may be an advantage.

GolfBuddy Voice X Big Numbers ModeWe like the new option to use Big Numbers Mode. For users who struggle to read the screen, this is a nice addition. In this mode, the shape of the green disappears from the screen, but if you can’t see it anyway, then it’s not really a sacrifice.

The GolfBuddy VoiceX may appeal to golfers who are also interested in an activity tracker for walking or running. The GPS tracker measures and records, time, pace, distance, elevation, and saves the information and the routes.

The question is whether or not GolfBuddy has implemented all of these new features on the VoiceX in a way that is still super easy to use. If you are a “wait and see” kind of shopper, you may want to go with the tried and true GolfBuddy Voice 2. However, if these new features appeal to you, take advantage of Amazon’s excellent return policy and order your GolfBuddy VoiceX today!

GolfBuddy VoiceX Notable Features
  • Key Distances – Provides distances to the front, middle, and back of every green PLUS hazards and other targets.
  • Automatic Updates – Wirelessly synchronize courses via Bluetooth with smartphone app.
  • Automtica Course and Hole Recognition – turn it on and it will find the nearest golf course and it automatically changes holes as you play your round.
  • Dynamic Green View – Shows the shape of the green and provides distance from the golfer’s location.
  • Voice Options – Choose a male or female voice.
  • Rechargeable Battery – The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 11 hours in Golf or GPS mode.
  • New Ergonomic Design – The GolfBuddy Voice X is now round with four buttons on the side.
  • New Larger Display – It’s easier to see and offers Big Number Mode.
  • Preloaded – The GolfBuddy VoiceX come preloaded with 38,000 golf courses.
  • Shot Measuring – Allows you to measure the distance of your shots.
  • Activity Tracker – Tracker will show the travel time, distance, pace, and lap count by using GPS while outdoors,
    and save the data.
  • Water Resistant – With an IP34 rating, it should do just fine if you play in the rain.
  • Clip-on or Watch – The VoiceX comes witha clip or a watchband can be purchased separately.
GolfBuddy Voice X Specifications
GolfBuddy VoiceX
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 38,000
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life up to 11 hrs /golf
Battery Lithium Ion (450mAh)
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.85 in. x 1.85 in. x 0.54 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.28
Resolution N/A
Display Type LCD
Weight N/A oz.
Rainproof water resistant
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Automatic course updates via bluetooth and phone app. Has a GPS activity tracker mode that records time, pace, elevation, distance, and route.
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

User Manual for GolfBuddy VoiceX

GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch

‘GolfBuddy Ladies LD2’

Order from Amazon

In our GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch Review, we explore the comments of dozens of users and look for common complaints as well as common points of praise.

GolfBuddy Ladies LD2 User Rating:
3.44 Stars 3.44 out of 5 (77 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Although many ladies wear golf watches, the GolfBuddy LD2 is the only one that is specifically designed for those looking for a more elegant style. If you are in that group, this may be the watch for you, but keep reading to find out why you may or may not want to choose the GolfBuddy LD2.

First, let’s take a look at the features of the GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch:
  • Distances to front/center/back of the green.
  • Distances to hazards
  • Dual shot distance measurement
  • Automatic course/hold recognition
  • GPS Odometer
  • USGA/R&A compliant – legal for handicap and tournament play
  • GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch Review imageSmall, lightweight, stylish, & comfortable with Swarovski® crystals in light sapphire.
  • Genuine leather strap with alligator grain
  • Premium mineral crystal lens
  • Stainless steel crown button and bezel
  • Water Resistant Watch mode (time)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 6 hours in GPS modes or 9-weeks in standard watch mode
  • No membership or download fees

What we discovered from analyzing the feedback of dozens of users, is that most users were in one of two categories…

  • They loved the watch and its performance.
  • They experienced problems with the functioning of the watch and frequently were also unhappy with GolfBuddy customer support.

Normally, we would not even consider recommending a watch with ratings as low as those on the GolfBuddy LD2. However, since this is the only true ladies golf watch and the reviews indicate that it’s possible that you will receive a watch that works well, we have to consider that this may well be the right golf watch for some people. That said, we would only recommend this GolfBuddy ladies golf watch for the individual who doesn’t want a watch that looks like a sports watch and who also is prepared to take a chance on getting a watch that needs to be serviced or replaced.

If you still need help deciding if the GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch is for you, take a look at the common themes we noted in user feedback.

Most Mentioned Pros (in order of of mentions high to low):
  • Attractive
  • Accuracy
  • Easy to Read
  • Easy to Use
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Size
  • Responsive
Most Mentioned Cons (in order of of mentions high to low):
  • Poor Customer Service
  • User manual not helpful or missing
  • Defective or stopped working
  • Download problems
  • Poor battery life
Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Specifications

GolfBuddy Ladies LD2
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 6 hrs
Battery Lithium-ion recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.29 in. x 1.18 in. x .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.18″
Resolution 52×32 px
Display Type LCD
Weight 1 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Dual shot distance measurement instead of just measuring shot distance for one shot.
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

User Manual for GolfBuddy Ladies LD2

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review

‘GolfBuddy Voice 2’

Order from Amazon

We are currently working on our GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review but it’s not too early to say that GolfBuddy has another winner on its hands. Even if you don’t want to use the voice feature, these intuitive little devices are well worth considering.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 User Rating:
4.40 Stars 4.40 out of 5 (118 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

GolfBuddy has golf distance measuring devices in just about every category, but the one where they seem to dominate is the small voice models. This is their fourth entry into this category and with each new model, comes subtle but significant improvements. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 seems to be continuing that trend.

The predecessor to the Voice 2 was the GolfBuddy VS4 and although the Voice 2 has a nicer appearance, the size, shape, and weight are identical. In fact, there are only three differences that we noticed. The most important improvement is that the Voice 2 gets 14 hours of battery life versus only 10 hours on the VS4. That’s a really nice improvement!

We also like that the clip on the Voice 2 is built into the unit itself, where the previous model came with a clip that had to be attached. You can still get a watchband or belt clip that flips up if you prefer. The other new feature won’t make much functional difference to most users. The Voice 2 can have either a female or male voice and if you want to change it, you’ll need to make the update on your computer and then sync.

The original GolfBuddy Voice is still available, as is the VS4. Both models cost a little less than the newest model, but we think it’s well worth it to buy the GolfBuddy Voice 2 for the extra battery life.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Notable Features
  • Audio and visual distances to front/center/back of the green
  • Automatic course and hole recognition
  • Shot measurement feature
  • Flip screen feature allows it to be viewed “right side up” when worn on your belt.
  • Rechargeable battery provides up to 14-hour battery life
  • Male/Female voice options through FREE GolfBuddy Manager Program
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Water resistant
  • Multilingual (up to 11 languages, 8 preloaded)
  • Dynamic Green View technology with distance readings from the golfer’s perspective

We don’t think you can go wrong with the GolfBuddy Voice 2, but if the voice feature isn’t important to you, you may also want to consider the Garmin Approach G10 which includes scorecard and stat-tracking.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Specifications

GolfBuddy Voice 2
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 38,000+
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 14 hrs
Battery Lithium Polymer Rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.76 in. x 1.78 in. x .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1″
Resolution N/A
Display Type monochrome LCD
Weight 1.02 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

User Manual for GolfBuddy Voice 2

GolfBuddy PT4 Review

‘GolfBuddy PT4’

GolfBuddy PT4
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

The GolfBuddy PT4 has been retired. Check out our current recommendations for the best GPS for golf..

Based on our experience with the GolfBuddy PT4 and on customer feedback that we have reviewed, we are not recommending it. Instead, we suggest taking a look at our current Best Golf GPS summaries.

GolfBuddy PT4 User Rating:
3.50 Stars 3.50 out of 5 (49 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

We’ve heard from enough users and had trouble with the GolfBuddy PT4 ourselves. We just cannot recommend this unit. We recommend you take a look at our current list of top golf GPS devices.

The highlight of the GolfBuddy PT4 is the size. Unlike other golf GPS handhelds, the PT4 is more like a good sized smartphone. Not everyone wants a big GPS, but it’s really nice to see those full hole views on the 4″ screen and it’s got room for pretty large numbers. Touch targeting is great, but because of the size of the numbers, we often have to zoom into the spot we are targeting in order to get enough precision. Fortunately, it has many levels of zoom, giving you an even better look at the hole. We give the PT4 the edge over Garmin on screen size and readability.

We also like the green view options on this GolfBuddy. Touch targeting the pin is easy and there is a second option for viewing the green, that adds a grid and even bigger numbers for the distances.

The GolfBuddy PT4 comes with a 47 page manual vs. the Garmin Approach G6 that has a four-page manual. There are lots of people who would be thrilled to get an electronic gadget that came with the detailed manual, so that’s a plus. However, the Garmin G6 is so intuitive, that you don’t really need much instruction. With the PT4, you should at least take it with you to the course in case you run into something that’s not so intuitive.

The scoring and stats on the PT4 are not as easy as we’ve found on any of the Garmin models, but then again, it’s not that hard. It’s just a little confusing the first time you press “Score” and it’s asking you which nine you are playing. Seems silly, since it should know what hole you are playing.

We’ve had a couple of problems with the GolfBuddy, but we’re not exactly sure what caused them. On one occasion, it seemed to totally freeze up and since the manual wasn’t handy, we had to wait until the unit ran completely out of battery for it to shut down. Another time, the unit found it’s way to a language with which we weren’t familiar. Let’s just say it took a little luck to find our way back to English. Only more testing will tell whether these issues were flukes or flaws.

In the end, we do not recommend the GolfBuddy PT4. GolfBuddy has done a great job with their smaller voice GPS models, so don’t write them off altogether.

GolfBuddy PT4 Specifications
GolfBuddy PT4
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 8 hours
Battery Lithium-ion recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 5 in. x 2.7 in. x .59 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 4
Resolution N/A
Display Type Color TFT LCD
Weight 5.39 oz.
Rainproof water resistant
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting Yes
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
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
Notes Larger Screen makes graphics and numbers easier to see.
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

GolfBuddy VS4 Review

‘GolfBuddy VS4’

GolfBuddy VS4
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

The GolfBuddy VS4 has been retired. Check out our current recommendations for the best GPS for golf..

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…

GolfBuddy VS4 User Rating:
4.41 Stars 4.41 out of 5 (457 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

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.

GolfBuddy VS4 Specifications

GolfBuddy VS4
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 10 hrs
Battery Li-Poly Recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.76 in. x 1.78 in. x .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size N/A
Resolution N/A
Display Type mono LCD
Weight 1.02 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Voice plus digital display. Optional watchband. Flip screen features makes it readable from either side (useful when clipped on belt).
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

User Manual for GolfBuddy VS4

GolfBuddy WT3 Review

‘GolfBuddy WT3 Watch’

GolfBuddy WT3 Watch
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

We’re still evaluating user reviews, but we are expecting the GolfBuddy WT3 will be near the top of our charts when it’s all said and done. The only negative we’ve heard so far is that it’s a little bulky, which is true of most golf GPS watches. This may not be the smallest, but it is packed with more features than the Bushnell neo-XS, which claims to be the smallest.

GolfBuddy WT3 Watch User Rating:
4.08 Stars 4.08 out of 5 (103 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The WT3 not only provides distances to the front, back and center of every green, it has dynamic green view which shows you the shape of the green in relation to where you are standing and allows manual pin positioning for more accurate distance. It also has distances to water hazards, bunkers and trees. We appreciate the scorecard feature, but wish it also allowed stat tracking. As with most golf watches, it has a shot measuring feature. Of course, the best feature of all… is the price!

GolfBuddy WT3 Watch Specifications
GolfBuddy WT3 Watch
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 36,000+
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 8 hrs in GPS mode
Battery 300mAh rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.09 in. x 1.77 in. x .63 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.26
Resolution 144×168 px
Display Type Transreflective
Weight 2.57 oz.
Rainproof Yes IPX7
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
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
Notes Can be used as a regular watch. Also can be used to track distance and time for walking or running.
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

GolfBuddy BB4 Band Review

Too Bad GolfBuddy didn’t ever get this one to market.

GolfBuddy BB4 BandWe are totally jazzed just thinking about doing our GolfBuddy BB4 Band Review. The truth is that we love the convenience of golf GPS watches, but for those of us with small wrists, they’re a little bulky. Although the BB4 can give you the time, it looks more like a fitness band than a golf watch and we are expecting it to be much more comfortable than any of the golf watches currently on the market.

The BB4 will provide distances to the front, middle and back of every green, as well as the time of day. You can also measure your shots with it and your steps, as it has a pedometer. The battery is USB rechargeable and lasts 10 hours. It will be available in black or white.

GolfBuddy will be releasing several other new golf GPS devices in 2014 and all of them look very promising. Look for these new handheld unit, watch and voice models from GolfBuddy in the near future.

GolfBuddy VT3 + Watch Review

‘GolfBuddy VT3 ‘

GolfBuddy VT3
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

Here are our preliminary thoughts for our GolfBuddy VT3 + Watch Review…

The GolfBuddy Voice became a huge success not only with golfers who needed the auditory prompts, but with a much broader audience because of the size and performance. GolfBuddy is capitalizing on that success with several new units, including the VT3 which does not have the voice prompts, but has a touch screen and offers the versatility of working as a golf GPS watch or it can be detached from the band and will fit on a belt clip or visor, or easily into your pocket.

The VT3 has lots of features, including manual pin placement, shot measuring and a scorecard. On the other hand, you can simply leave it on the main screen and you will get distances to the front, middle and back of every green. The GolfBuddy VT3 comes preloaded with over 36,000 golf courses worldwide and never has any fees.

We’re definitely excited about the GolfBuddy VT3 and look forward to seeing how it stands up to the competition as both a golf GPS watch or simply as a small golf GPS.

GolfBuddy World Platinum Battery

“World Platinum Battery”

Generic Battery
golfbuddy-world-platinum-generic-battery
Order Generic Battery
Order Now

Instructions for replacing your GolfBuddy Platinum Battery
(Black Only)

  1. Golf Buddy Platinum Battery Cover diagramUsing a coin, turn the screw counter clockwise to loosen the battery cover.
  2. Remove the battery cover.
  3. Remove the old battery.
  4. Insert the new battery.
  5. Replace the battery cover.
  6. Turn the screw clockwise to lock the cover into place.

To charge the battery:

  1. Open the cover located on the bottom of the unit.
  2. Figure 1Connect the power adaptor to the wall outlet.
  3. Insert the connector into the unit, as shown here. A message on the screen will indicate that the battery is charging.
  4. Figure 2 Charging Times

  5. Once the battery is fully charged, a message stating “ Charging Complete” will appear on the screen

Figure 3 Golf Buddy Battery Charging Message

GolfBuddy Voice+ (Watch) Review

‘Golf Buddy Voice+’

Golf Buddy Voice+
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

The Golf Buddy Voice+ has been retired. Check out our current recommendations for the best GPS for golf..

GolfBuddy Voice+ Review…

Golf Buddy Voice+ User Rating:
4.36 Stars 4.36 out of 5 (80 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The first thing we noted is that the watchband can be removed if you decide you don’t like wearing a watch when you play golf. We think that’s a plus if you’re unsure of whether or not you’ll like playing with a watch.

The Golf Buddy Voice+ (Watch) is very similar to it’s wildly popular predecessor, the GolfBuddy Voice. The most noticeable difference, of course, is that it comes with a watch band. There is a difference on the main screen as well. On the new model, you’ll see the distance to the center of the green in a large font and distances to the front and back beside it in a smaller font. To fit this on the screen, they’ve moved the dynamic green view to a different screen. Both models provide voice distance to the front, middle and back. Your preference for having the green shape on your main screen vs having distances to the front and back may be the determining factor for which of these two units you buy – since you can now buy watch bands for the GolfBuddy Voice. Personally, I use distance to the front and back far more frequently, so prefer the Golf Buddy Voice+ (Watch).

Golf Buddy Voice Features and Specifications
Golf Buddy Voice+
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation N/A
Battery Life 10 hrs
Battery Li-Poly Recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.68 in. x 1.68 in. x .443 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size N/A
Resolution N/A
Display Type mono LCD
Weight .99 oz.
Rainproof N/A
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified No
Alternate Targets No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes provides distances with voice and digital display, has a removable wrist band, dynamic green view
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

Golf Buddy Platinum Review

‘Golf Buddy Platinum II (2012)’

Golf Buddy Platinum II (2012)
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

New and improved in 2012! Take a look at our preview of Golf Buddy’s newest handheld GPS for golf. We’ll get our Golf Buddy Platinum Review up as soon as we find some customer feedback. Be careful not to get this model mixed up with its predecessor, the Golf Buddy World Platinum, or the other similarly named Golf Buddy World. We have no idea what they were thinking when they came up with these names, but we’ll help you sort it out.

Golf Buddy Platinum II (2012) User Rating:
3.35 Stars 3.35 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

What’s New in the Golf Buddy Platinum
  • Improved high contrast TFT-LCD screen (optimal under all conditions)
  • Improved sensitive touch screen (for easier navigation)
  • Nearly double the battery life (last up to 18 hours)
  • Refined design
  • It’s a tiny bit wider and a tiny bit heavier

Since many of the complaints about its predecessor, the Golf Buddy World Platinum, had to do with battery life and difficulty reading and maneuvering on the touchscreen, it seems Golf Buddy may be on their way to another successful golf GPS device.

Golf Buddy Platinum Features and Specifications
Golf Buddy Platinum II (2012)
Course Download Fees N/A
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life up to 18 hrs.
Battery Li-poly rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 4.3 in. x 2.46 in. x 1 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 3 in.
Resolution N/A
Display Type Color TFT LCD
Weight 5.65 oz.
Rainproof water resistant
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting Yes
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools N/A
Ground Verified No
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Water and shock resistant case – improved high contrast TFT-LCD screen (optimal under all conditions) – Improved sensitive touch screen (for easier navigation)
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

Golf Buddy World Platinum Review

‘Golf Buddy World Platinum’

Golf Buddy World Platinum
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

Our Golf Buddy World Platinum Review is based on the analysis of pros, cons and ratings found in over 130 user reviews. Feel free to read the details below, but if you want a quick recommendation, we suggest you consider one of Golf Buddy’s similarly named products:

Golf Buddy World Platinum User Rating:
3.92 Stars 3.92 out of 5 (130 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

  • the Golf Buddy World is a very similar model that gets much better ratings and is ususally less expensive.
  • the Golf Buddy World Platinum, released in 2012, is Golf Buddy’s effort to improve upon the Golf Buddy World Platinum.
Most Mentioned Pros (in order of mentions high to low):
  • Easy to use
  • Accurate
  • No fees
  • Good Customer Service
  • Good value
  • Easy to read
  • Quality/durability
  • Hole Layout View
  • Scorecard for up to four players
  • Stat tracking
  • Shot Measuring
  • Auto course recognition
  • Auto hole advance
  • Fast
  • Easy computer updates to add new courses and update courses
  • Preloaded with courses
  • Graphics
  • Worldwide courses available in database
  • Alternate targets
  • Lots of courses available
  • Speeds up play
  • Size
Most Mentioned Cons (in order of mentions high to low):
  • Not enough courses in full layout view (see our comments above)
  • battery life (2 rounds or less reported by several users)
  • Needed to update on computer to get full layout view of some courses
  • Problems with accuracy
  • Limited alternate targets (Note: on courses with hole layout view, you can use touch targeting to anywhere)
  • Difficulty using touchscreen
  • Poor technical support
Golf Buddy World Platinum Features and Specifications
Golf Buddy World Platinum
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 10 hrs
Battery Li-poly rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 4.3 in. x 2.4 in. x 1 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 3 in.
Resolution 240×400
Display Type Color TFT LCD
Weight 5.15 oz.
Rainproof water resistant case
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting Yes
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified No
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

Golf Buddy GPS Reviews

Check out our Golf Buddy GPS Revews:

Be careful not to mix up the three devices that share very similar names!

Garmin Golf GPS Watches
GolfBuddy BB5
OrderGolfBuddy BB5
Order Now
GolfBuddy BB5Read Full Review

Review Score: 3.27

GolfBuddy VoiceX
OrderGolfBuddy VoiceX
Order Now
GolfBuddy VoiceXRead Full Review

The GolfBuddy Voice line has been a huge success from the beginning. The VoiceX is the latest in this line and has a few nice upgrades from its predecessor the GolfBuddy Voice 2. The most notable improvement is that it adds Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for automatic updates to the golf course you’re playing when you enter golf mode. The screen is a little larger and it has a Big Numbers mode and manual pin placement capability. It also adds a fairly detailed GPS activity tracker for runners and walkers. It may sacrifice some battery life for the extra features, but should still easily get 2 full rounds. A watchband is available separately.

Review Score: 99.00

GolfBuddy Voice 2
OrderGolfBuddy Voice 2
Order Now
GolfBuddy Voice 2Read Full Review

GolfBuddy just keeps building on a winning theme. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 claims 14 hours of battery life. That’s four hours more than the GolfBuddy VS4! It’s water resistant, has the choice of male or female voice, and of course provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green. It’s available in three different colors as well. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Review Score: 4.40

GolfBuddy CT2
OrderGolfBuddy CT2
Order Now
GolfBuddy CT2Read Full Review

Review Score: 3.90

GolfBuddy Ladies LD2
OrderGolfBuddy Ladies LD2
Order Now
GolfBuddy Ladies LD2Read Full Review

The GolfBuddy LD2 is the only golf GPS watch we know of that is truly designed as a ladies golf watch. It gets high marks for appearance, as well as accuracy, ease of use, and screen readability. Unfortunately, we saw a fairly high number of users who experienced problems with the watch and poor customer service in resolving their issues. The bottom line is that if you’re looking for a nice looking ladies golf watch, this is your only option. If you’re a little bit lucky, you won’t have any issues with it and you’ll love it. If you’re a little unlucky, you might have to return it and try again or struggle with GolfBuddy customer service to get the issue resolved.

Review Score: 3.44

GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Thank you.

Golf Buddy Voice Review

‘GolfBuddy Voice’

Order from Amazon
$87.98
OrderGolfBuddy Voice
Order Now

Our Golf Buddy Voice Review is based on our observations of the things most commonly mentioned in the dozens of user reviews we read. The compiled ratings for this small, convenient golf GPS are outstanding and most of the comments were extremely positive. Take a look at the full list of pros and cons below.

GolfBuddy Voice User Rating:
4.57 Stars 4.57 out of 5 (291 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Most Mentioned Pros
(from most mentioned to least)

  • simple to use
  • accuracy
  • size
  • Auto course recognition
  • Clip
  • easy to hear
  • convenience
  • lot’s of courses
  • battery life
  • preloaded
  • quick
  • no fees
  • voice & display
  • easy to see
  • shot measuring
  • no downloads
  • auto hole advance

Most Mentioned Cons
(from most mentioned to least)

  • has trouble know which hole on nearby fairways
  • accuracy
  • poor customer service
  • can take awhile to locate satellites
  • price too high
  • mechanical failure
  • no hazards
Golf Buddy Voice Features and Specifications

GolfBuddy Voice
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation N/A
Battery Life 8 hrs
Battery rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.7 in. x 1.7 in. x .4 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size N/A
Resolution N/A
Display Type N/A
Weight 1 oz.
Rainproof N/A
Touch Screen N/A
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified No
Alternate Targets No
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

Golf Buddy vs SkyCaddie

‘Golf Buddy World’

Golf Buddy World
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

The Golf Buddy vs SkyCaddie debate really comes down to three things: Perceived Accuracy, Price and Convenience…

The reason we say “perceived accuracy” is that SkyCaddie’s biggest selling point is that they “ground verify” all their golf courses. The way we understand this, is that SkyCaddie sends real people and specialized equipment out to golf courses to verify that the targets ARE where their satellite images have shown them to be. Golf Buddy relies on the satellite images. Does that make SkyCaddie devices more accurate? It sounds good, but we don’t know if there is any real confirmation of this. What we do know is that SkyCaddie users seldom ever mention a problem with accuracy. On the other hand, most users of Golf Buddy GPS devices are also happy with the accuracy.

Price: The cost of SkyCaddie’s on-going ground-verification of targets are passed on to the consumer, not only in the price of the SkyCaddie, but also in annual fees. Golf Buddy will cost you less off the shelf and there are no fees.

‘SkyCaddie SGX’

SkyCaddie SGX
Not Available

Check Newer Models
Laser
GPS
Golf Watches

If you’re still on the fence, then convenience may be the factor that pushes you over… Although the recent models of both Golf Buddy and SkyCaddie come “preloaded” with thousands of courses, the current SkyCaddie only has basic information about those courses. Registration, fees and computer syncing are required to get the full hole views. Golf Buddy’s current model has the full view of most courses preloaded and does not require registration or fees to use them. Courses that are added to Golf Buddy’s database after the unit is manufactured can be downloaded to the device via computer sync. FYI… most users who give poor ratings to SkyCaddie, are the ones who have problems with online registration and syncing.


Golf Rangefinder Shop’s Take:

If your perceived accuracy of SkyCaddie has you leaning toward making that purchase despite the higher price and extra work, consider one more thing before you buy… a Bushnell Hybrid laser/GPS. Over the life of the device, the Bushnell should cost less than a SkyCaddie with annual fees factored in. The Bushnell Hybrid laser feature is pretty much as accurate as you can get in a rangefinder. The GPS built into the side of the Bushnell Hybrid gives you a quick glance at yardages to the front, middle and back of the green as well as hazards. If accuracy is your main consideration, the Bushnell Hybrid makes more sense if you have no concerns about using a laser. 

If convenience and price have you ready to order a Golf Buddy, it’s probably the right choice for you. However, if you haven’t considered buying a laser or hybrid rangefinder, we encourage you to take another five minutes to explore the laser golf rangefinder vs GPS debate.