SkyCaddie BREEZE Review

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Our SkyCaddie BREEZE Review Summary will be available after the units are shipped in October 2012 and users have had a chance to review them.

Our first glance at the specs and features has us shaking our heads and wanting to send you straight over to our Best GPS for Golf article.

SkyCaddie Breeze User Rating: 4.17 Stars 4.17 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

We keep hoping SkyCaddie will get the message that golfers don’t want to pay annual fees and deal with downloading golf courses each time they decide to play a new course. When we saw the name “BREEZE”, we though for sure this would be the one. But no, not only are there annual fees, but SkyCaddie offers other ways to increase the price of their latest GPS rangefinder, by offering “Feature Packs”.

Here’s how it works… The SkyCaddie BREEZE comes preloaded with “up to 30,000” golf courses. However, the only information it provides is distance to the front, middle and back of every green. The screen looks to be bright and the numbers are big. It has a shot measuring feature and a one-player scorecard feature. That’s about it for the unit unless you choose to spend the money for an Feature Pack or two or three.

Even though it’s extremely basic in features,you still must purchase an annual membership. It’s not totally clear what membership packages will be for the SkyCaddie BREEZE without any of the Feature Packs, but we think $19.99 annually. If you pay for the Feature packs, the annual fees may be even higher. The membership fees for the SkyCaddie SGX are in the $30 – $60 range, so that would be our guess.

From where we sit, if you want a basic golf GPS, skip the SkyCaddie Breeze and look at the Golf Buddy Tour or the Bushnell neo+. Neither one has any fees, plus you’ll get distances to hazards and you’ll definitely pay less for the device.

SkyCaddie offers three different “Feature Packs” and so far, we don’t see any pricing information. Even if they were free, we’d still be unlikely to recommend the SkyCaddie BREEZE. Besides annual fees, you have to download the courses if you want the extra features. There are several full-featured GPS devices available that come preloaded with full hole layouts and never charge any fees. The Garmin Approach G6 may be a little more expensive on the front end, but by the time you pay fees and buy Upgrade Packs, it’s probably similar in price… and you won’t have to deal with decisions and downloads. You just buy it, charge it and go play golf.

SkyCaddie BREEZE Features and Specifications
SkyCaddie Breeze
Course Download Fees No*
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life N/A
Battery Rechargeable Li-Poly
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 4.8+ in. x 2.48 in. x .75 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 3 in.
Resolution hi-res
Display Type Transreflec ColorTFT
Weight 5.6 oz.
Rainproof water resistant
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting Y*
Manual Pin Positioning Y*
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Y*
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Upgrade packs can be purchased to increase the features. Basic mode only included front, middle and back distances. Annual fees apply
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