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The Best Golf Watches of 2022

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Garmin S12

With a battery life of up to 30 hours with GPS in use, and 10 weeks when the GPS isn’t enabled, the S12 is a great option when it comes to batteries. Read More

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Doesn’t light up at night
  • may not be great for larger wrists
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Garmin S62

A larger Garmin golf watch, the S62 is packed with features, but that does sacrifice some battery life; it takes about 20 hours to charge in GPS mode. Read More

Pros

  • Detailed color touchscreen
  • Lots of interactive features

Cons

  • A bit expensive
  • May feel bulky
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SkyCaddie LX5

The SkyCaddie LX5 come with both small and large wristbands, making for universal sizing. And users like optional step counter and heart rate monitor. Read More

Pros

  • Comes with 3-year membership
  • Large screen

Cons

  • Auto dim after 30 seconds
  • Touchscreen isn’t super responsive
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Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch

Shot Scope’s V3 golf watch is another great golf watch that doesn’t require a subscription in order to access 36,000 preloaded courses. Read More

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Wide range of compatibility

Cons

  • Battery could be better
  • May take some time to set up
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TecTecTec Ult-G

An inexpensive golf watch with just four buttons for screen navigation, the TecTecTec Ult-G is favored for its ease of use. Read More

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • No subscription needed

Cons

  • Battery sold separately
  • Bulky

Every golfer knows the secret to a better game is all in being able to manage the course. Whether it be the terrain or the distance of each hole, achieving perfect par takes more than just the right set of clubs. This is where golf watches come in. Many golfers prefer to wear a golf watch instead of a handheld unit because of their convenience and ease of use, but with a number of options on the market, picking the right one can be daunting, especially if you’re looking for a gift for a golfer in your life.

We looked into the best golf watches to follow through with, all but guaranteed to turn your bogeys to birdies. Here are our five recommendations, all available on Amazon.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Garmin S12

Known for their GPS technology, it’s no surprise that Garmin has their own line of golf watches. Users of the Garmin S12 like this watch for more than its large 0.9-inch screen, making for easy use on the course. With a battery life of up to 30 hours with GPS in use, and 10 weeks when the GPS isn’t enabled, the S12 is one of the best on the market when it comes to battery life. Garmin packed the S12 with 42,000 golf courses from around the world, and pairs with Approach CT10 club tracking sensors (sold separately) to track your score as you go.

The S12 lends itself to a smooth golf game, eliminating the need to stop your play and use a rangefinder to measure progress while measuring distances as well as hazards along the course. One of the best parts of the S12 is that there’s no extra cost associated, and you don’t have to worry about paying extra for data or subscriptions.

The Garmin S12 is a lightweight golf watch that won’t break the bank.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Doesn’t light up at night

  • may not be great for larger wrists

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Garmin S62

A larger Garmin golf watch, the S62 is packed with great features, but that does sacrifice some battery life; it’ll take about 20 hours to charge in GPS mode, or 14 days in smartwatch mode. Still, the battery is what one would expect from a company like Garmin, and users don’t seem to have any issues. With a ceramic bezel, the S62 has a 1.3-inch screen with a color touchscreen display that pairs easily with your smartphone, and includes interchangeable sport bands.

When paired with the Garmin Golf app, golfers can participate in leaderboards and tournaments with other players to gain more insights into their game, making the S62 a great interactive golf watch, even if your buddies are across the country. Hazard view allows users to quickly scroll through hazards on the course map, and allows for more control over one’s game. The Garmin PlaysLife Distance feature accounts for uphill and downhill shots, which tend to be a golfer's concern when choosing a golf watch.

The S62 is a great choice for someone looking for a more interactive experience with their golf watch, but with that it comes with a heftier price tag. If money is no issue, you’ll love the extra features and the ability for manual pin positioning to quickly reference distances and hazards on your own.

Pros

  • Detailed color touchscreen

  • Lots of interactive features

Cons

  • A bit expensive

  • May feel bulky

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SkyCaddie LX5

When choosing a golf watch, it’s important to know whether you’ll be incurring any additional costs, which is why the SkyCaddie LX5’s three-year prepaid worldwide membership to over 35,000 course maps is a great feature. The LX5 also boasts 10 hours of battery life and full-color HD graphics. While the LX5 screen is large at 1.39 inches, many users don’t like the fact that the screen dims after 30 seconds and must be tapped to reawaken, though we imagine this is an intentional design spec used to save battery life. Along with the auto dim, this golf watch requires a firm touch to move from one screen to the next, and though some like that there’s less room for error, others would prefer a more responsive touchscreen.

The SkyCaddie LX5 come with both small and large wristbands, making for universal sizing. And users like optional step counter and heart rate monitor. In short, this watch is a great pick for anyone looking to upgrade from a more basic golf watch. But it should be noted that in order to get your final score, you must upload information to the Sky Golf app on a tablet or computer, which might cause some annoyance for those who like instant gratification post-game.

Pros

  • Comes with 3-year membership

  • Large screen

Cons

  • Auto dim after 30 seconds

  • Touchscreen isn’t super responsive

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Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch

Shot Scope’s V3 golf watch is another great golf watch that doesn’t require a subscription in order to access 36,000 preloaded courses. Four color options are available, and Bluetooth compatibility with iPhone, Android, laptops, tablets and iPad makes it easy to personalize your golfing experience no matter your tech preferences. What makes the V3 so great is that it was designed for golfers by golfers and the screen saves battery life by showing color on the 1.3-inch screen only when required to enhance one’s golfing experience.

As is the case with other golf watches, the V3 shows distances to the front, back and middle of the green, and is said to be accurate to within plus or minus one yard. Distances to all hazards and automatic hole progression are also included in the V3’s capabilities. Users of the V3 say that set up is simple but that the battery life could be better as it holds enough power to play two rounds of golf before requiring a charge.

Pros

  • Easy setup

  • Wide range of compatibility

Cons

  • Battery could be better

  • May take some time to set up

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TecTecTec Ult-G

An inexpensive golf watch with just four buttons for screen navigation, the TecTecTec Ult-G is favored for its ease of use. Once the initial set-up is complete, the device automatically connects to a satellite and displays course information. Like other golf watches, the Ult-G measures distances to the front, back, and middle of the green, making it easy to determine the distance of your shots, and automatic hole progression while you play helps keep you on task. This golf watch holds information for 38,000 golf courses around the world without the need for a subscription, which can be an annoying added expense in other golf watches of similar caliber.

A great choice for someone who has everything, the Ult-G is sure to be a hit on the green. While a good, inexpensive choice, the Ult-G does have its criticisms and users don’t like the fact that in order to check the time, the round must be quit, making it annoying to use as a timepiece mid round. Other users have also mentioned experiencing bruising due to the bulk associated with the Ult-G, so it may not be suitable for smaller wrists.

Pros

  • Inexpensive

  • No subscription needed

Cons

  • Battery sold separately

  • Bulky

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Bushnell Neo Ion 2

The Bushnell Neo Ion 2 is a great golf watch option whose visibility and basic functionality satisfies the majority of users. Preloaded with over 36,000 courses in more than 30 countries, the traveling golfer is sure to be impressed with the Bushnell golf watch’s capabilities. Golfers love that they have the ability to see the distances of their previous shots with the shot-calculator distance feature, making it easier to keep up with their game and perfect their puts. While the Neo Ion 2 says it has a 12-hour battery life, keeping up for three full rounds before charging, users disagree with that number and think it might be closer to five hours, or about two rounds of golf (depending on the course and traffic). One common problem with this golf watch is that many users have difficulty attaching it to the charger when the time comes, so that’s something to keep in mind if you have dexterity issues or are looking for a quick plug and go.

One user who was pleased with their purchase noted that there are a couple minor imperfections that, once mastered, make the Neo Ion 2 a great buy. Their advice is to be sure you’re updating the course data on your phone via Bluetooth upon arrival, which can take up to 10 minutes to find, but once finished you’re in for smooth sailing. Yardages are said to be accurate with this watch, but the pedometer isn’t the best and shouldn’t be taken as accurate. Overall, this is a good golf watch for the price and users are happy with their purchase.

Pros

  • Easy to use

  • Accurate yardages

Cons

  • Battery life is closer to 5 hours

  • Pedometer isn’t accurate

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Ceara Perez-Murphy

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