Garmin International Inc. has announced the upcoming release of their lightweight Approach S5 GPS Golf Watch, expected to be available in Q1 2015. This watch has a beautiful color touchscreen and all of the standard GPS Golf features that you would expect from Garmin. The watch will retail for around $350 at specialty golf retailers and golf pro shops.
This handy little device has pretty much all the basic features that one would expect from a GPS powerhouse like Garmin including Course View mapping with more than 38,000 international courses pre-loaded on the device and free lifetime updates. Golfers can preview hole details and see the layout of the green with the creatively named GreenView, and Touch Targeting provides accurate measurements with a drag and drop feature to measure any distance on the course.
In addition, the watch can double as an electronic scorecard and when synced with Garmin Connect, will allow golfers to analyze their score and other golfing trends like fairways hit, shot distance and number of putts. Additionally, the Approach S5 GPS Golf Watch has wireless connectivity and can sync with a compatible smartphone to provide smart notifications so you don’t have to worry about missing important emails, calls, texts or messages while on the course.
The watch is expected to have only about 10 hours of battery life in GPS mode and around 20 weeks when in watch mode. It is water resistant and rugged, although the device is not listed with any specific IP ratings for durability. For more information about the watch, check out the Garmin website.