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Best Golf GPS Reviews and Comparisons of Top Rated Golf GPS Units
Golf GPS units are designed to give golfers an edge by providing accurate yardage reading to targets and hazards on the course. With GPS units, unlike rangefinders, they provide distances to ‘known’ targets (as opposed to aiming them at a target).
For example a GPS unit typically provides yardages to the front, center and back of the green, but cannot target the actually flag stick, since it will change from day to day. This page offers the best golf GPS reviews and discussion on the top rated golf GPS units available on the market.
Consumer & User Reviews & Ratings
|GPS Golf Unit
||Rating||Price||Tourn. Legal||Typical User Comment|
|Garmin Approach G3 Review||9.0/10||see best price||Yes||“Great Product! I love it!“|
|Golf Guru Review||8.8/10||see best price||Yes||“MORE THAN JUST A GOLF GPS“|
|Golf Buddy Tour GPS Review||8.6/10||see best price||Yes||“Very Pleased, Glad I Went With Golf Buddy Tour.”|
|Garmin Approach G5 Review||8.5/10||see best price||Yes||“Awesome increase in enjoyment of Golf game“|
|Izzo Swami 3000 Review||8.4/10||see best price||Yes||“THIS THING IS GREAT, NO NEED TO DOWNLOAD COURSES”|
|Bushnell Neo Review||8.2/10||see best price||Yes||“A great little unit for the price!”|
|Golf Buddy World Platinum||8.2/10||see best price||Yes||“Golf Buddy It’s like having a caddy“|
|Garmin GolfLogix GPS||8.0/10||click to see
||Yes||“the Toyota Corolla of golf GPS units: dependable & consistent”|
|Bushnell XGC GPS Review||8.0/10||see best price||Yes||“Easy and very accurate”|
|Sonocaddie V300 Personal Golf GPS||8.0/10||click to see best price
||Yes||“The Sonocaddie V300 GPS unit has delighted the majority of users.”|
|Golf Buddy Pro GPS||7.2/10||click to see best price
||Yes||“many complaints about accuracy of the yardages”|
|SkyCaddie SG2.5 Golf GPS||7.2/10||click to see
||Yes||“SkyCaddie SG2.5 owners regret their decisions due to poor support”|
|SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS||7.2/10||click to see best price
||Yes||“without an annual service plan it is a useless hunk of plastic sitting in your bag”|
|iGolf GPS Caddie II||7.0/10||Discontinued
see Busnell Neo
|Yes||“The iGolf does it’s job and comes at a very reasonable price”|
|Upro Golf GPS||7.0/10||click to see best price
||Yes||“The aerial fly overs can give you a serious edge when playing a new course”|
|Sureshot GPS Golf||6.5/10||click to see best price
||Yes||“Very simple to use and very intuitive. I found the stats feature absolutely awesome.”|
|Sonocaddie V500 Review||6.4/10||see best price||Yes||“Not Ready for Prime Time“|
|Onpar Golf GPS Review||6.0/10||see best price||Yes||“I love it…and get frustrated by it!“|
|SkyCaddie SG4 Golf GPS||4.5/10||click to see
||Yes||“While is small and light with a nice screen, people have had issues with installation.”|
|Bushnell Yardage Pro GPS||3.2/10||click to see
||Yes||“Good Product – Terrible Software/Documentation”|
|Callaway uPro MX||n/a||Recalled
see Garmin G3
|n/a||Recalled – do not buy!
Some golfers comment that knowing the front, center, back distances are much more valuable since it encourages intelligent shot making rather than just trying to knock down pins, which gets a lot of amateur golfers in trouble.
Below are ratings and links to full consumer reviews for the most popular golf GPS units on the market. Prices may be lower than presented below (click to see the latest price).
Golf GPS Comparisons: Key Factors for Golf GPS Units
1.) Satellite Availability
Golf GPS units use overhead satellites to receive their current placement in the world and relative distance to the known objects on the course. One of their strengths is that you don’t need a direct line of site to determine the yardage to a target. If you are in the wrong fairway or behind a bunch of trees, you can still find the distance to the pin you are aiming at, even if you can’t see it.
The downside is that if you are under a canopy of trees, you won’t get the satellite signal, but it shouldn’t be too hard to guesstimate in this situation.
2.) Course Mapping
Courses must be “mapped” to be able to present you with distances. Some of the units require an ongoing or one-time fee to provide you with access to the mapped courses.
The quality of mappings can also vary, as some are done from satellite images and some are walked and mapped by hand by professional mappers.
Almost all units allow you to self-map a course, so if your course is not available you can play it once and mark positions and then you will have all the distances available the next time you play.
Golf GPS units are different than golf laser rangefinders, which provide line of sight distance measurements and do not require course mappings or satellite connections. See our laser rangefinders reviews page.
If you don’t see the model you’re interested in, you may want to check out this link: Top Golf GPS Units.