Golf has moved with the times and the continued development in technology has brought with it some excellent innovations in the golfing market.
When golf GPS watches were first released the functions were quite basic, with yardage to the green being pretty much the only feature of the devices. However, these watches now offer a range of useful features including colour screens, detailed graphics, club recommendation and much more.
Due to the number of golf watches available across a wide range of prices, it can be difficult to pick the best golf GPS watch for your game. Below you will find a selection of the best, beginning with entry level Golf GPS watches.
Entry Level Golf GPS Watch
Garmin Approach S10 GPS Golf Watch
- Easy to use
- High-resolution, sunlight-readable display
- Yardages to the front, back and middle of the green, hazards and doglegs
- Over 41,000 preloaded courses worldwide
- Keep score, distance played and total time
- Rechargeable battery up to 12 hours
There is plenty to like about the Garmin Approach S10 Lightweight GPS Golf Watch, with the yardages to hazards and doglegs a great addition. It is possible to keep track of individual rounds of golf plus your scorecards over time.
It does all the basics extremely well, and for the price, it’s a perfect choice if you’re buying your first watch.
Bushnell Golf Excel GPS Golf Watch
- Long battery life of up to 3 rounds of golf
- Preloaded with over 35,000 courses
- Swing Tempo feature
- Front, centre, and back green distances plus up to 4 hazards per hole
- Auto brightness adjustment
The Bushnell Golf Excel GPS Golf Watch is one of the better looking golf GPS watches available. The watch has bluetooth integrated so as well as easily updating course data, you can sync the watch to your phone to receive notifications.
The Swing Tempo feature can provide feedback on the speed and tempo of your swing which is something fairly unique to golf GPS watches. It also comes complete with a one year warranty.
Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch
- Precise measurements to green and hazards
- Garmin TruSwing and AutoShot round analyser
- Approach CT10 sensors
- Over 40,000 courses installed
- Distance Green view
This is the most expensive of the watches listed in the entry level section. However, the Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch is one of the best golf GPS watches available for under £200.
The watch not only accurately measures the distance to hazards plus the front, middle and back of the green, but also layups and doglegs. The green view feature shows the shape of the green and the sensors can be installed on to clubs to automatically track the distance and location of every shot to provide you with useful feedback on your game.
Mid-Range Golf GPS Watches
Shot Scope V3
- Dual GPS accuracy
- Colour screen
- Front, middle, back green distances
- Hazard distances
- Performance tracking via. 16 club tags
- Over 36,000 preloaded courses
- Over 10 hours of battery life
As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of features on the Shot Scope V3 GPS golf watch.
Available in five colours, the watch is lightweight and an upgrade on the more bulkier ShotScope V2. Every shot is automatically recorded thanks to the accuracy of the dual GPS. Used in conjunction with the mobile app, the Shot Scope V3 GPS golf watch can be used to analyse statistics and improve your game.
GolfBuddy W10 Golf GPS Watch
- 1.3” TFT-LCD full-colour touch screen
- In-depth hole view with dual arc distance readings
- Distances to the front, centre, and back of the green
- Distances to targets and hazards
- Digital scorecard
- Up to 10 hours of battery life in golf mode
- Pre-loaded with 40,000 courses worldwide
- UK based customer support
In terms of the best golf GPS watch screen available, the GolfBuddy W10 Golf GPS Watch comes highly recommended in the mid-range price bracket.
You can enjoy great views around the green thanks to the zoom in and out function and the watch can be used in conjunction with the GOLFBUDDY Smart app.
The touch screen makes the watch easy to use and the UK support team can be contacted via telephone and email.
Garmin Approach S40 Premium GPS Watch
- Sunlight readable display
- Preloaded with over 41,000 golf courses worldwide
- High resolution colour display
- AutoShot game tracking
- Yardages to the back, front, and middle of the green plus hazards
For those golfers who are looking for style both on and off the golf course, the Garmin Approach S40 Premium is arguably one of the best golf GPS watches available.
Due to the high quality of manufacture and the stylish PVD finishing touches, this golf watch looks as good on a night out at a restaurant as it does on the golf course. The AutoShot game tracking feature records all of your shots and the streamlined display means you only see the relevant information.
Premium Golf GPS Watches
Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch
- Colour touchscreen display
- Green and hazard directional course views
- Virtual Caddie suggestions
- Pinpointer directional feature
- PlaysLike distance feature
For those who are willing to pay top price, one of the best golf GPS watches currently on the market is the Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch.
In addition to the standard features such as accurate distancing to the front, middle, and back of the green plus hazards, this golf watch acts like a caddie thanks to the Virtual Caddie feature. Not only does the Virtual Caddie offer club selection advice it considers the wind to ensure you are using the correct club for the distance of the shot.
Other advanced features like the PlaysLike distance feature accounts for uphill and downhill slopes when providing yardages, making the watch more than simply a golf GPS device.
All-Round Smart Watches with Golfing Capabilities
Not everyone wants a watch specifically for golf and all-round smart watches with golfing capabilities can make a good alternative for both on and off the course.
Garmin Vivoactive 4
- Body battery energy monitoring
- Animated workouts
- Downloadable music
- Garmin Pay
- 8 days of battery life
- Built-in sports apps
The Garmin Vivoactive 4 is a good example of a smart watch with excellent golfing capabilities. This highly rated smartwatch comes complete with a selection of 20 built in sports applications including golf.
So, while the watch provides several leading features, such as animated workouts, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, mindful breathing, and hydration tracking, it is also useful on the golf course.
The golfing features include yardage to the front, middle, and back of the green, yardage to layups and doglegs, statistical shot tracking, green view with manual pin position, and a digital scorecard.Read our full review of the Vivoactive golfing features.
Samsung Galaxy Active2 Golf Edition
- Heart rate tracking
- Running coach
- Golf shot history
- Touch targeting
- Smart Caddie
- Super-AMOLED colour screen
When purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Active2 smart watch, ensure you are buying the golf edition. This comes complete with several superb golfing features including Smart Caddie.
Smart Caddie provides great insight into your golf game with a range of information including pre-installed data for over 40,000 different golf courses, complete with satellite and graphic golf maps.
The watch is available in four colours, making it a fantastic all-round device and also one of the best golf GPS watches.
Apple Watch Series 6 GPS
- Free / paid golf apps
- Measure your blood oxygen
- Always-On retina display
- 5GHz Wi-Fi
- Swimproof design
- Measure workouts
- Take calls and reply to texts
The Apple Watch Series 6 GPS is one of the most highly rated all-round smart watches available today. It makes it possible to track your daily activity, including underwater and you can choose from running, swimming, cycling, yoga, dancing, and many other activities.
There is no doubting the overall quality of this watch, and for golfers you have the opportunity to install one of the many excellent golf apps (such as GolfShot, Hole19, and Golf Logix) available in the App Store.
You can check out the individual features of each of these golf apps and decide which is best for you. But the beauty of the iWatch is that there are tens of different golf apps (free and paid) so after a while if something better comes along, you can just upgrade your app without having to change watch.