Best GPS Golf Watches
These days there can be no excuses for not knowing your distances, be that to the centre of the green, for example, or to clear a hazard.
Some of the technology below has made it easier than ever for golfers to play with more confidence and commit to their shots knowing they have an accurate yardage. However, with so much choice on the market, it can be very difficult to decide which of these best GPS golf watches is for you, and within your budget.
If you’ve made the decision to buy a golf watch, as opposed to a larger handheld device or a laser, you’ve probably already opted for simplicity – preferring a quick glance to get your accurate yardage. It’s then a case of deciding how many additional features you’d prefer to have.
You won’t go too far wrong with any of these watches that we’ve highlighted in the above video.
Garmin Approach S60
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.
Related: Garmin Approach S60 GPS watch review
If you want lots of functionality for under £200, this is a great option. It has a full colour touchscreen that allows you to view complete hole layouts as in the image below. You also get dynamic green view for accurate distances from your approach, as well as moveable pin positions for laser-like accuracy.
Related: GolfBuddy WTX GPS watch review
GM says: 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.
Related: Bushnell Excel GPS watch review
SkyCaddie Linx GT
SkyCaddie’s top-of-the-range GPS watch offers game-tracking with GPS accuracy when integrated with the SkyCaddie Mobile GPS App. It’s core function is to act as a standalone GPS watch with SkyCaddie’s foot mapped hole data providing accurate distances at over 35,000 courses. The SkyCaddie Linx GT also includes a built-in shot tracking system that – when combined with SkyCaddie SmartTag club tags – allows golfers to track the club, location and distance of each shot for stats they can see on their mobile phone. Each captured shot is synchronised automatically in real time too, avoiding the need to connect to a computer after the round. A full set of SkyCaddie tags can be bought separately for £59.95. Like the Garmin Approach S60, it boasts a multi-sport odometer that tracks distance, pace and speed for running or cycling.
Have we missed one of your favourites? Let us know via the Golf Monthly Twitter or Facebook.