Garmin G5 Approach Reviews

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'Garmin Approach G5'

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Our summary of Garmin G5 Approach reviews takes a look at the pros and cons that we have observed from user reviews on a variety of other websites. We also put together our own ratings Score based on hundreds of customer reviews.

Overall, we were struck by the number of reviewers who were extremely enthusiastic about all aspects of this device.

Also be sure to check out the Garmin G6 Approach

Garmin Approach G5 User Rating: 4.17 Stars 4.17 out of 5 (401 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.
Most Mentioned Pros (from most to least):
  • No membership or course fees
  • Easy to use
  • Durable
  • Accurate
  • Good selection of targets
  • Battery life (when using rechargeable batteries)
  • Preloaded with thousands of courses
  • Lists nearby courses and has the phone number for courses in the database
  • Easy to read
  • Nice Touchscreen
  • Displays yardages quickly
  • Scorecard feature
  • Waterproof
Most Mentioned Cons (from most to least):
  • Not enough detailed info on screen – hazards are displayed, but no detailed information about trees
  • Tough in bright sunlight – 2 Notes: 1) Users who cited this as a problem did not say what type of batteries they were using. One user indicated that with alkaline batteries, the screen was not as bright as with rechargeable. 2) Other users noted that if you held unit directly at sun, it was easier to see.)
  • Bulky
  • Not enough courses – Although Garmin has a very large database of golf courses and adds to it at least quarterly, before making this purchase,¬†you will want to check to see if the courses you play regularly are on their list.

There were a few users who wished for larger numbers, particularly on the distances to hazards. However, since most said it was easy to read, we did not want to specifically list this as a Con. This is a pretty large display when it comes to these types of portable units and unfortunately, there is only so much room for information. We’ve included this video, so you can see for yourself.


Garmin G5 Approach Features and Specifications
Garmin Approach G5
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 15 hrs. max
Battery 2 AA
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 4.5 in. x 2.3 in. x 1.4 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.53x2.55
Resolution 240x400
Display Type TFT color
Weight 6.8 oz.
Rainproof IPX7
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting Yes
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified No
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes -
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