The 9 Best Golf Watches to Buy in 2022

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It wasn’t that long ago when expensive, clunky handheld readers were the only way to get a GPS reading of a golf course. Now, thanks to the advancement in golf watches, you can have a GPS system on your wrist that not only gives you a lay of the land but also one that tells you everything from the wind speed to your swing path. Pretty sweet, right?

The downside to shopping for golf watches: there are tons of duds floating around. Lucky for you, we’ve put together this guide to help you make an educated decision on the golf watch that will best benefit your style of play.

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Expect to pay around $100-$150 for a quality golf watch that provides basic features—distance reading and course mapping. For high-tech watches that are loaded with all the bells and whistles, you’ll likely pay around $200-$500. Anything more than $500 typically starts taking into account style—because like regular watches, golf watches are a fashion statement too. What’s cool about the more expensive golf watches ($200+) is they often provide instant feedback on your game, so you can make adjustments as you go.

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There’s a golf watch out there made for your specific style of play. Some people want all of the data they can get, while others simply want to keep score or make sure they aren’t going to send a ball into a sand trap. Whatever your needs might be there’s a golf watch in here for all levels of play. Read about each watch below and snag the one that speaks to you the most.

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Best Overall

Approach S12

  • Under $200
  • Long battery life
  • Stylish design

The S12 hits its marks in style, design, function, and—most importantly—price. For under $200 you get front, middle, and back reading on over 42,000 preloaded courses in a minimalist graphic. The S12’s rechargeable battery is long-lasting too, it will carry a charge for nearly 30 hours straight on GPS mode. And what’s great is you can buy the Garmin CT10 club sensors and get measurements on your swing, should you decide to kick your play up a notch.

  • Weight: 1.12 ounces
  • Screen size: 0.9″

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Best For Apple Watch

Caddie Smart Sensors

  • Sensors stay strongly attached to golf club
  • Easy to use with Apple Watch interface

Can an Apple Watch be a golf watch? The short answer is yes, but only if you modify it correctly. Thankfully Arccos Golf has a smart system reader you can put on the end of your club to get real-time feedback and course readings on your Apple Watch.

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Best Entry-Level Watch

ULT-G Golf GPS Watch

  • Reads basic features well
  • Under $100
  • Doesn’t have advanced measurements

At under $100, the ULT-G is ideal for entry level golfers or golfers who just want basic distance readings. You get front/middle/back distances on the green, as well as readings of where the hazards lie. What’s great is the watch is easy to use thanks to its four button design and automatic connection to satellites to begin displaying course information.

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Best For Avid Golfers

Approach S62

  • Has a fitness tracker built-in
  • Comes with club tracking sensors
  • Measures wind and slope

While the S62 is probably the best in terms of value for its features, the touchscreen golf watch is still over $400. But if you’re someone who golfs weekly then the S62 is right up your alley. Aside from colored maps and green views on every hole, you get a CT10 club tracking sensor, a pinpointer arrow so you know where to aim even on blind shots, and wind direction and speed measurements. And of course there’s a fitness tracker built-in, so you have all those bells and whistles too.

  • Weight: 2.08 ounces
  • Screen size: 1.3″

Best Bang For Your Buck

LX5 GPS Golf Watch

  • Colorful HD screen
  • Can zoom in and out easily with touchscreen
  • Has a heart rate monitor and step counter

SkyCaddie is praised for being an affordable golf watch with high level tech. One of those includes a high level touch screen. which displays courses in bright, colorful HD picture. You can also zoom in on the course for precise calculations on layups and avoiding hazards. Other features include scoring logs, stats, a heart rate monitor and step counter, and a battery that last up to two full rounds.

  • Weight: 2.3 ounces
  • Screen size: 1.39″

Most Versatile

Aim Golf GPS Watch

A lot of golf watches have an app to download to read the all the data it captures, yet some of the watches are better compatible to smartphones than others. Golf Buddy will pair with all types of smartphones and allow easy access to your data. The watch is also packed with high quality features like a colored touchscreen, a waterproof case, and a battery that will last up to 45 holes when set to golf mode. You also get interchangeable straps you can swap out to better match with your golf attire.

  • Weight: 1.77 ounces
  • Screen size: 1.3″

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Most Stylish

Connected Golf

It doesn’t get much better in the looks department of golf watches than the TAG Connected Golf. From the outside, one will notice a sporty white rubber strap outfitted to a 45mm matte finished titanium case. And on the inside, over 40,000 pre loaded courses with course readings and shot trackers. The TAG Connected Golf also comes with an app that allows access to all of the measurements the watch captures.

  • Weight: 2.10 ounces
  • Screen size: 1.39″

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Best Lightweight Option

G3 GPS Watch

The G3 is a solid wallet-friendly golf watch that delivers front/middle/back readings on over 36,000 courses. Two features reviewers raved across multiple sites about include the weight (0.4 grams) and the G3’s constant illumination of the time and battery level.

  • Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • Screen size: 1.34″

Best for Scorekeeping

Scorekeeping Watch

For those who are looking to just keep score, the ScoreBand will easily log your play on each hole and then calculate your score after nine and 18 holes. If you ask us, it’s a simple scorekeeping solution that beats having to keep track with a pencil and notecard.

All of the golf watches selected above were required to have a high number of ratings with an average of four stars or more. The quality of the watch technology, as well as price point was top priority for consideration. The weight of the watch and graphics interface were also taken into account, as the two functions factor into the overall ease of use. Lastly, we made sure to select a wide range of different golf watches that reflected all types of play and skill level.

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