If you’ve stepped on a golf course in the last several years you’ve probably noticed how golfers have become increasingly reliant on the latest technologies. Heck, even my 73-year-old father hesitates to play these days without his GPS unit and a set of hybrid clubs.
A golf gps is an invaluable way to keep up with the competition, but with so many units available it can be a challenge to find the one that meets your needs. Here’s our attempt to compile the best golf gps reviews all in one place. Lets start with our current recommended units:
Best Golf GPS Systems for 2016
|Name||Garmin Approach G6||GolfBuddy World GPS||GolfBuddy Tour|
|Size||2.1" x 3.7" x 0.8"||2.2” x 4.1” x 0.7”||2.25" x 4.25" x 1"|
|Screen Type||Color Touchscreen||Color Touchscreen||Color LCD|
|Course Library||27,000 Courses (worldwide)||40,000 Courses (worldwide)||20,000 Courses (US & Canada)|
|Power||Rechargeable Lithium Battery||Rechargeable Lithium Battery With AAA Backup||Rechargeable Lithium Battery With AAA Backup|
|Battery Life||Up to 15 hours||Up to 12 hours||Up to 12 hours|
|Original List Price||$299.99||$329.99||$249.99|
|Review||Coming Soon||Our Review||Our Review|
|Buy||More Info||More Info||More Info|
People are always asking which features are really the most important when buying one of these units. Here are a few things I consider critical when conducting your own golf GPS comparison.
This is obviously an important factor. What good is a golf GPS unit if you can’t rely on the readings that it takes? GPS technology is typically very accurate, often providing the distance to your target or hole within one yard or less. Of course some models are going to be more accurate than others, so it is important to research a unit’s accuracy before making your purchase. The Garmin Approach G6 is one of several golf GPS systems known for having razor-sharp accuracy.
Maps & Course Availability
Will the GPS work at your favorite local courses or is it only good at courses where you are unlikely to ever play? A GPS can have all the bells and whistles in the world, but if it doesn’t have a map for your favorite course it is nothing more than a fancy brick. There are two ways that course maps can be incorporated into a golf GPS. Some units come preloaded with a library of courses, so it is ready to be used right out of the box. Other models require a subscription to add additional courses. It’s important to consider this as you comparison shop.
An often overlooked factor, but no less important. If you’re going to be carrying your GPS around for 18 holes you will want one that is lightweight and can either attach to your bag or belt or slide effortlessly into your pocket. On the other hand, it needs to be large enough that you can easily read the display and operate the controls. Check out the Bushnell Neo for a highly-rated, ultra portable golf GPS.
Does the GPS have enough juice to last a full 18 holes? What about 36 holes? Yes, it’s true that some of the best golf GPS units perform better than others in terms of battery life. If you’re the type of person who is always forgetting to charge your cellphone then you’re certainly going to want a GPS with excellent battery life.