Read our guide to the best golf GPS watches the market has to offer and you’ll have a much clearer idea on which model is the right one for your game
Best Golf GPS Watches
These days there can be no excuses for not knowing your distances, be that to the centre of the green or to carry a hazard off the tee that must be avoided.
Some of the technology below has made it easier than ever for golfers to play with more confidence and commit to shots knowing they have an accurate yardage. However, with so much choice on the market, it can be very difficult to decide which of the best golf GPS watches the market has to offer is for you, and within your budget.
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If you’ve made the decision to buy a golf watch, as opposed to a larger handheld GPS device or a laser rangefinder, you’ve probably already opted for simplicity – preferring a quick glance to get your accurate yardage. But there are some that offer a whole lot more, as you will discover below where we highlight our favourites.
In this video, we test our favourite golf GPS watches out on the course
Best Golf GPS Watch:
Sky Caddie LX5 GPS Watch
Featuring the largest colour touchscreen on a golf GPS watch (3.5cm), the LX5 provides clear aerial views of the hole ahead with a moveable pointer telling you the distance to your chosen spot. Arc lines help improve strategy while you can zoom in on the green and move the pin position for a more precise distance. Over 35,000 courses, which have been ground-verified on foot, come preloaded.
US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $299.99
UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £299
Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch and Tracker
The V3 is 60 per cent smaller than the V2 and also has a new daylight-readable colour screen. In GPS + Performance Tracking mode, the V3 will automatically detect shot locations using tags placed in the tops of your grips. The PinCollect feature means golfers can input the pin position with the touch of a button to provide enhanced approach and short game statistics, displayed within the free Shot Scope app.
Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch
One of the most obvious features compared to other models is the slightly bigger face with more contrast in the screen which gives a clearer view. Additionally it comes with a built-in virtual caddie function where it can detect where the wind is coming from, gives information on shots from the past in regards to clubbing and therefore suggests to you the strategy on the course
US Buy Now at Walmart for $499.99
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £479.99
GolfBuddy Aim W10 GPS Golf Watch
The AIM series from GolfBuddy stands for Accurate, Innovative, Measurable and that about sums it up. The accuracy of the Aim W10 is excellent. Preloaded with 40,000 courses, the Aim W10 will pinpoint your position and give super-accurate yardages.
In terms of innovation, features include a full-colour 1.3” touch screen display, plus green undulation and slope-adjusted distance readings (where available) to give the golfer better, real-life views and more control around the course. There are also excellent new zoom in/out functions around the green.
US Buy Now at Rock Bottom Golf for $179
UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £249.99
TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition
New for 2020, this premium, luxury watch features an ultra-lightweight 45-mm black titanium case and a matte black ceramic bezel with 18 engraved and lacquered graduations that serve as a reference for the performance at each hole.
The crown is now flanked by two functional pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock, to be used alongside the TAG Heuer Golf app to record shots and shot distances with optimal precision in action.
US Buy Now at Tag Heuer for $2,550
UK Buy Now at Beaverbrooks for £2,100
Bushnell Excel GPS Watch
For little over £200 you’ll find a watch that pairs via Bluetooth to the Bushnell Golf App to allow you to book tee times, view 3D course flyovers and receive notifications. The Excel also has improved battery life – lasting three plus rounds before needing a charge. Additional features include a colour display with auto brightness adjustment, pedometer, odometer and the ability to get up to four hazard distances per hole.
US Buy Now at Amazon for $197.99
UK Buy Now at Amazon for £141.90
Garmin MARQ Golfer GPS Watch
Built with premium materials, including a 46-millimeter titanium case and ceramic bezel with custom etched 1-18 golf hole markings, the MARQ Golfer provides front, middle and back distance on over 41,000 preloaded golf courses and allows for seamless game-tracking.
Golf-specific features include the PlaysLike Distance that takes into account changes in elevation, a Hazard View that allows golfers to quickly scroll through each hazard on the upcoming shot with critical distance information and a Virtual Caddie to analyse factors like wind speed and even club selection.
US Buy Now at Worlwide Golf Shops for $1,849.99
UK Buy Now at Beaverbrooks for £1,700
Samsung Galaxy Active2 Golf Edition
Samsung has joined forces with GolfBuddy to create this GPS watch, which features a rotating touch digital bezel to make it even more convenient to navigate while maximising the screen size. It comes pre-loaded with the Smart Caddie app pre-installed and with a lifetime premium subscription worth £76. You can see if you’re within range of the green with Dual Arc and read how to drain putts with the Green Undulation feature. The partnering app provides real-time information to help users elevate their performance on the course.
US Buy Now at Amazon for $249.99
UK Buy Now at Amazon for £318.43
Garmin Approach S60 GPS Watch
This feature-packed and stylish offering provides detailed full colour maps for over 40,000 courses on its large sunlight-readable colour touchscreen face. You can use its drag-and-drop functionality to measure lay-up distances and to move pin positions for added accuracy. It can also be used to monitor runs, swims and bike rides for great additional value.
US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $399.99
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £349
Garmin Approach S40 GPS Watch
Versatile and light, the S40 can receive phone notifications and automatically records the location and distance of each shot for post-round analysis.
US Buy Now at Walmart for $260.90
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £239
Garmin Approach S20
This Garmin watch features a high-resolution display and covers over 40,000 courses. It accurately measures distances to hazards such as bunkers and water, plus front, middle and back yardages, layups and doglegs. For extra help its Green View feature displays the shape of the green with manual pin placements available. It also caters for activity tracking and receives notifications from your phone.
US Buy Now at Amazon for $263.54
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £199
GolfBuddy WTX Golf GPS Watch
If you want lots of functionality for under $250, this is a great option. It has a full colour touchscreen that allows you to view complete hole layouts as in the image above. You also get dynamic green view for accurate distances from your approach, as well as moveable pin positions for laser-like accuracy.
US Buy Now at Amazon for $225
TomTom Golfer SE 2 GPS Watch
This GPS watch is designed to help you improve your game by detecting each time you hit a shot automatically, so your round can then be analysed using Tom Tom’s MySports app. It also boasts an auto scorecard alongside its distances to the green and key hazards.
Whatever the GPS watch that takes your fancy, we hope it helps you with your game!