The Garmin Approach G5 GPS is widely known as one of the most advanced golf GPS systems available today. With more bells and whistles than it’s younger sibling, the Garmin Approach G3, the G5 is Garmin’s high-end entry in the golf GPS market. The unit’s most impressive feature is its easy-to-use touchscreen, which makes navigation a breeze. Need to measure the distance to a point on the green? Simply whip out your Garmin G5 and touch the target area on the unit’s three-inch full color display. The accurate measurement is displayed instantly. The Garmin Approach G5 updates your position automatically so you always get a precise and quick measurement.
Garmin Approach G5 GPS
Built to Last
When holding the unit in your hands you can tell that the Garmin Approach is one well-built GPS. Built on the same hardware as Garmin’s Oregon series of hiking GPS, the Garmin Approach G5 golf GPS was designed to withstand bumps, bruises, scratches, and scrapes. Unlike many other golf GPS units, the Garmin Approach is fully waterproof so you never need to worry about a sudden rain shower or accidentally dropping it in wet grass. If you’re looking to invest in a unit for the long-tern you certainly can’t go wrong with the G5.
No Subscription Fees
The Garmin Approach G5 comes out of the box with more than 12,000 courses preloaded. This means you never have to pay another penny once the unit is in your hands. All additional course additions and updates are offered free of charge from the Garmin website.
- Sunlight-readable display
- WASS-enabled receiver for excellent accuracy
- Manual pin-positioning
- Digital scorecard saves scores for up to 4 players
- Hole-by-hole preview lets you plan your strategy ahead of time or scout out new courses to try
- USGA and R&A compliant
- Gets up to 15 hours of battery life using 2 AA batteries
I found the Garmin Approach G5 to be a pleasure to use and feel it is the best GPS available for players looking for a high-end unit. The price is a bit higher than some other devices, but its lack of subscription fees and expected longevity make it a solid value for the money. Those looking for a smaller model may want to compare the G5 with our review of the Approach G3 to see which one best suits your needs.