A GPS for golf can give you the precise distance to the green and measure individual shots, helping you improve your game. Most come with preloaded courses and some even have color maps of fairways, hazards and greens. There are no subscription fees on the Garmin units shown below and course map updates are free for life. The North American models include over 19,500 courses as of the latest update. Here’s a run down on a few key models, with the more recent releases shown first:
Garmin Approach S2
The Approach S2 (shown below) is a non-touchscreen golf sportswatch that offers 30,000 preloaded courses around the world and includes a digital scorecard. Check out our hands on review for all the details.
Garmin Approach G6
Smaller and lighter than the G3 and G5, the top of the line Approach G6 (shown below) can fit in your shirt pocket. Like the S3, the G6 comes with 28,000 preloaded courses worldwide. It also offers advanced features such as adjustable handicaps and scoring options such as Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play.
Garmin Approach S3
The Approach S3 (shown below at right) improves upon the S1, showing the shape and layout of each green, adding 28,000 worldwide courses (not just North America), a digital scorecard feature and the ability to save and review your scores on a computer.
Garmin Approach S1
The Approach S1 was the company’s first golf sportswatch, bringing basic stats such as precise yardages to the front, back and middle of greens.
Garmin Approach G3
The Approach G3 brought most of the G5 feature set to a smaller form factor touchscreen unit. But it’s missing some detailed stat tracking found on the G5 — putts per round, greens & fairways hit, and average distance
Garmin Approach G5
The touchscreen Approach G5 was Garmin’s first golf GPS, touch-targeting, manual pin positioning, course preview, digital scorecard, computer scorecard review, and a high-sensitivity receiver.
Other golf GPS options
There are other options out there besides Garmin. Here’s a list of Amazon’s best-selling golf GPS, updated hourly.