The best golf GPS watch 2018: better than an actual caddie

Forget Tiger and his faithful caddie, it’s all about hitting the green with one of the best golf gps watches on the market

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While the average weekend golfer won’t be able to afford their very own caddie, a golf GPS watch is an affordable backup option that’ll provide you with additional insight on the course… minus the moral support if you’re having a naff round, sorry. 

With some GPS golf watches having up to 40,000 courses worth of data on them, they’re not just restricted to a wet and windy round in the UK. 

Yep, whether you’re sunning it up in Spain or getting saturated in Scotland, this handy faithful will give you all the data you need for a successful round (handicap pending, of course). 

The best golf GPS watch is probably the Garmin Approach S60 GPS Premium Watch. Actually, the majority of the top golf GPS watches are from Garmin. 

Whether it’s the colour CourseView mapping, AutoShot game tracking or displaying accurate yardages and distances to the green, this watch has plenty of features to help you find your form. 

Garmin Approach S60 GPS Premium Watch

1. Garmin Approach S60 GPS Premium Watch

It may be leagues ahead on price, but boy is it worth it

Specifications
Battery life: 10 hours in golf mode, 10 days in watch mode
Courses: 40,000
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+AutoShot game tracking+Touch Targeting provides you with precise yardages

If you’re looking for next level assistance on the course, we’re pretty sure no watch right now is going to beat the Garmin Approach S60 when it comes to tech specs and features. 

From the colour CourseView mapping that helps you to gain accurate info on yardages to PlaysLike Distance which helps you with uphill and downhill shots, there’s so much that this watch has to boast about. As an everyday watch it’s pretty cool, too, thanks to a scratch resistant bezel and stylish leather strap. 

TomTom Golfer 2

2. TomTom Golfer 2

Significantly cheaper than our top pick but still boasts plenty of neat features

Specifications
Battery life: 8 hours
Courses: 40,000
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Allows you to see your drive and iron play distance+Autoscore card to track your game as you play

When it comes to the necessities, TomTom does it best. It automatically detects your shots so you can analyse and improve your game on the go. It keeps you in tune to the precise distances to the front and back of the green, and lets you know of any hazards nearby so the ball doesn’t go for a swim. 

With its post game analysis giving you hole by hole insight into your shot patterns, there’s no reason why you can’t improve your game with this golf GPS watch. 

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch

3. Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch

Similar to the TomTom, and with the addition of an activity tracker this one is great for the everyday

Specifications
Battery life: 15 hours
Courses: 40,000
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Pair with the Garmin TruSwing to really train your swing+An impressive 15 hour battery life

Sleek and lightweight, the little brother of the Garmin Approach S60 pairs up as a great everyday watch. In addition to helping you improve your game with the Garmin Autoshot and giving you the insight into distances on the green, it boasts an inbuilt activity tracker and hooks up to your phone to provide you with smart notifications, whether you’re on the go or on the green. Anyone looking for a great mid-range GPS golf watch should consider this one from Garmin. 

Garmin Approach S5

4. Garmin Approach S5

If you like the features of the Garmin Approach S20 but want a colour screen, check out the S5

Specifications
Battery life: 10 hours
Courses: 40,000
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Colour Green View+Touch targeting

It may be just that bit more expensive than the Garmin Approach S20, but with the extra dollar you get colour Green View with touch targeting so you can get a precise distance from your location to the hole. 

In addition to that, you can keep track of your score with the digital scorecard, with the handicap scoring enabling you to analyse your round post match. If you don’t want to get your phone out of your bag mid round, the watch can pair up with your phone to display all of your notifications. 

Bushnell Neo iON GPS Watch

5. Bushnell Neo iON GPS Watch

A fairly basic watch, but it’ll do the job well

Specifications
Battery life: 12 hours
Courses: 35,000
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great battery life+Autocourse recognition

If you’re just getting into golf and fancy a helping hand, this Bushnell GPS golf watch will provide you with all the information you need to make sure your swing’s on par with the rest of the team. 

It features auto course recognition and auto hole advance with accurate and easy to read distances. It’ll also clue you in to nearby hazards and counts your steps so you can work out how many calories you’ve burned off round the course, and it won’t cost you the earth, either.