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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

Golf GPS Device Course Detail

Beyond the availability of courses, we tested to see how much information each device provides about the hole – including views, distances to various marked points, including trees, creeks, bunkers, the end of the fairway on a dogleg, and even lay-up points.
Users should note that in general, graphic hole images are significantly easier to see under bright light as compared to satellite images.

Do-It-Yourself

Beth: We have a great section of…do-it-yourself.
Andy: Do YOU like to do-it-yourself?
Beth: Sometimes. I mean…if the mood strikes.

Seriously, we can’t help but quote “The 40-Year Old Virgin” whenever we see “do-it-yourself”. And yes, we should just grow up.

Hand-in-hand with the evaluation of course availability is the ability of users to supplement the available course information on their own. Can you add additional hazards or bunkers to an existing course map? How easy is it to do these things? And if a course is not available on a device, can you map the course on your own, either with the device or from a PC (using Google Earth or other satellite imagery)?

In each review, we note the strengths and weaknesses of the various devices when it comes to supplementing the available course data with your own information.

The Celestron CoursePro Elite, GolfBuddy Tour, Sonocaddie V300 and Golf Guru 4 all offer the ability to map courses during play with relative ease. Other devices do not allow users to map points, some due to the fact that users can already obtain distances to any point on the course. Table 1 below indicates the total number of marked points that can be added per hole (excluding the front, middle and back of the green, which we assume to be a baseline requirement).

Table 1. Total Points That Can Be Mapped per Hole

Golf GPS Device Additional Obstacles
Sonocaddie V500 10
Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS 4
Bushnell neo+ 4
SkyCaddie SGXw None
SkyCaddie SGX None
SkyCaddie Breeze None
SkyCaddie LINX Watch None
Expresso WR62 None
Garmin Approach G8 None
Garmin Approach G7 None
Garmin Approach G6 None
Garmin Approach S3 None
Garmin Approach S2 None
Garmin Approach S1 None
GolfBuddy Voice None
GolfBuddy PT4 None
IZZO SWAMI 3000 None
Matrix SHOTMATE Voice None

* The SkyCaddie SGXw, SkyCaddie SGX and SkyCaddie Breeze can only mark distances to the front, middle and back of greens when mapping a new course. Additional obstacles cannot be added to an existing course map.