Budget-Friendly Golf Watches

Below are our picks for the best budget-friendly golf watches. They may not pack as many features as the more expensive watches, but they sure do perform the basics as well or better!

Best Budget-Friendly Golf GPS Watches
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
Bushnell Phantom - Read Full Review

Besides the ratings are outstanding, we love a few of the new features on the Bushnell Phantom. First off, it has Bluetooth connectivity to an app on your smartphone for wireless golf course updates. That's a big improvement over previous Bushnell GPS models. We also love that they've added a built-in magnet so you can stick it on your golf cart or any metal surface. If you would rather, they include a clip for your bag or your belt. They've also extended the battery life a couple of hours over the previous Ghost model. Beyond the new features, you still get distances to the front, middle, and back of every green and up to four hazards. It's rainproof, has over 36,000 courses preloaded and it's super simple to use and see! As always, there are no download fees.

Rating: 4.69  
Weight: 1.83 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Garmin Approach S10 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S10 is the one we've been waiting for! It's small, lightweight, and simple to use. It doesn't try to be a multi-sport watch or a smartwatch. It puts the focus squarely on golf. On the main screen, you will see distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus the hole number and par. The shape of the green is also right there on the same screen. Many golfers will never even need to touch the watch after starting a round. If you need hazard information, it's one screen away. You can also keep score on this watch and upload your scores to Garmin Express so your playing history is always available. Although this golf watch has all the features most golfers want, for those looking for stats or hole views, Garmin has other golf watches you will want to check out.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 1.2 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Ion 2 - Read Full Review

The Bushnell iON 2 replaces the Bushnell Neo iON. Although they have dropped the "Neo", they haven't changed the watch all that much. That said, the addition of Bluetooth and automatic updating of golf courses is a significant improvement of an already solid golf watch. The other change is that the watch band is reversible. With the Bushnell iON 2, you get distances to the front, middle, and back of every green plus up to four hazards and layups per hole. As with almost all golf GPS devices, you can measure shot distance with the iON 2. The battery can last up to 3 rounds or 12 hours. The Bushnell smartphone app also provides hole layouts with distance and flyovers. You cannot keep score or track your stats, but it does track your steps. We think it's main competition is the Garmin S10.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 1.7 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice 2 - Read 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.

Rating: 4.40
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes
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  1. Toni Umphreyville says

    how do I get a replacement watchband for the neo ion model.

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says

      Hi, Toni. I haven’t found any replacement bands online, so I would suggest contacting Bushnell directly:
      US Customers
      Toll free: 800-423-3537
      Phone: 913-752-3400
      Monday-Thursday, 7 AM to 7 PM and Friday 7 AM to 5 PM, all times CST.

      If you are not in the US, here is their Contact page:http://www.bushnell.com/global/customer-service/contact-us

      Please come back here and let us know if you have any luck with Bushnell. I know other users will be asking.

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