Which golf GPS watch is best?

The market is awash with technology that can help keep golfers - whether beginners or pros - informed, safe, and top of their game. But which GPS watch is best for golf? This depends on your level, budget, and dedication to the sport. 

Here, we look at the tracking technology taking the golf world by storm, with a round-up of golf GPS watch devices providing accurate data and insights for a more enjoyable and confident time on the course.

What golf GPS watch is the best?

There are several factors to consider when picking the best golf GPS watch for your game. Ideally, a good golf GPS watch should provide accurate course mapping, distance measurements, and data analysis. And of course, it should be comfy! The aim is to be able to enhance your game, help you level-up your play, and quickly access crucial information straight from your wrist, without fumbling around with handheld devices or smartphone apps. Top devices to consider:

For the casual golfer: Garmin Approach S12 golf GPS watch

New to the game? If you’re not wanting to splash out just yet, the Garmin Approach S12 GPS golf watch boasts all the game-enhancing essentials without breaking the bank. Feature-packed with a user-friendly design, its display keeps the game flowing with preloaded golf courses around the world. With Approach CT10 capabilities (tracking sensors sold separately), distances to hazards and doglegs, and connection to the Garmin app for weekly scoreboards and more, it blends top tech with water resistant functionality and a 30-hour battery life.

For the competitive golfer: Garmin Approach S70 golf GPS watch 

Arguably one of the best golf GPS watch devices for pros and veterans, this masterpiece of technology is the ultimate gadget for those who live and breathe golf. With an ultra-bright 1.4" AMOLED touchscreen, more than 43,000 preloaded global golf courses, and club recommendations based on performance and wind, it's a game-changer. The PlaysLike Distance feature adjusts yardage for elevation and conditions, while health monitoring and activity tracking ensure you're always on top of your game. It also keeps you connected with smart notifications and boasts up to 21 days of battery life.  

For shot recording and in-depth stats: Shotscope X5 Premium GPS golf watch 

Serious players looking to fine-tune their game can swing at their smartest with the reliable Shot Scope X5 GPS golf watch. With a large 1.2’’ full-colour touchscreen, more than 36,000 preloaded courses, and instant dynamic distances to greens, hazards, and doglegs, it's a pro-golfing dream. The X5 also boasts 16 tracking tags for automatic shot recording and access to over 100 performance statistics, including strokes gained and handicap benchmarking.

For bonus fitness tracking: SkyCaddie Golf LX5 GPS golf watch 

A fast, bright, and award-winning course companion, the SkyCaddie Golf LX5 GPS golf watch is easy to use, with a 1.39" colour touchscreen, full HD graphics, and lightning-fast processing. Just how accurate are golf GPS watches? Preloaded with 35,000 accurate maps, this one delivers precise shapes and distances of green, whatever your angle of approach. For the health-conscious, this stylish golf watch GPS tracker also doubles up as a fitness tracker, making it ideal both on and off the course.

Whether you’re treating yourself to some new tech or surprising a golf lover (golf GPS watches make perfect Christmas gifts), our GPS golf watch range has something to keep every golfer on track and top of their game.