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When you’re playing a course for the first time, having a GPS watch at hand is a huge advantage. That's why we've compiled the best GPS watches of 2024.

A GPS watch is an invaluable bit of kit on the golf course. These can give you the distances to the front, middle and back of the green, but that's only scratching the surface. Not only will you get distances, but many of these options offer maps of the hole you're playing, giving you a bird's eye view of the challenges that lie ahead.

As well as that, some options allow you to track your stats on the course, something that is going to be very useful for those really looking to improve. If you're looking for that functionality, then the Shot Scope X5 is a cracking option. We've used the Shot Scope app to track stats, and it's a real game changer. They're not just made for the golf course either, with many suitable for day to day use away from the course.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to the latest and greatest GPS watches, but we’ve made it easier for you. Here are the best GPS watches of 2024. 

Best GPS golf watches 2024 

Credit: Bushnell
Bushnell GPS watch
Bushnell ION Elite
A great option if you're looking to get all the distances and yardages with ease.

PROS

  • Wide variety of features and display modes 
  • Slope feature and moveable pin enhance accuracy 
  • Excellent value for money 

CONS

  • Maybe a bit chunky on the wrist for some 
Available for £219 from Bushnell

Bushnell is known for their great rangefinders and their handheld GPS’s, which are very affordable. Their new Bushnell ION Elite is no different to that with attractive price point, especially when you consider the features on offer.

The ION Elite has a patented built-in slope feature giving you more accurate yardages on the downhill or uphill shots. It has easy-to-read front, centre, and back distances, GreenView with movable pin placement and GreenView which provides accurate distances based on your line of play. HoleView is another feature which is a visual layout of any hole allowing you to see what’s ahead. It also has a 12 hour battery, a shot distance calculator, and the ability to get up to six hazard distances per hole. It comes preloaded with over 38,000 courses, has auto course recognition, and automatically advances from hole-to-hole. 

It’s a solid option if you're looking for accurate yardages no matter where you might find yourself on the course, with a nice price tag.

Credit: Garmin
Garmin Approach S70 image
Garmin Approach S70
Ideal if you want all the bells and whistles in a GPS watch.

PROS

  • AMOLED display is crisp and clear 
  • Will suggest club options with virtual caddie  
  • PlaysLike feature calculates slope 

CONS

  • It's high in price point
Available for £649 from Garmin

Garmin have produced some incredible GPS watches over the years and this watch is definitely up there with the best they have to offer.  

If you live and breathe golf and want something that does everything bar hitting the shots for you, this could be the perfect option. The Approach S70 has AMOLED display which is so clear in display and makes the 43,000 preloaded courses look great. The virtual caddie feature provides a recommended club based on your shot dispersion data, elevation and more. An enhanced PlaysLike Distance feature utilises a built-in barometer, so you’ll know how far each shot is playing. And on your way to the hole, preloaded green contour data gives you insights into slope direction of the green which can be acquired through the Garmin app. With up to 16 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 20 hours in GPS mode, you’ll be well covered on the course.  
It also not only looks great but it can worn on and off the course, with features that support an active lifestyle. You also get heart rate and advanced sleep monitor to keep a track on you quality of rest.
 
It’s an amazing product and really leaves nothing to the imagination. However, in tournament play, a lot of the features are going to be obsolete, such as the slope reading. But, if you want to win all the money from your friends in a bounce game, look no further.

Credit: GolfBuddy
Golfbuddy gps watch
GolfBuddy Aim W12
A stylish, super comfortable and easy to use watch that could be worn all day

PROS

  • Looks great, particularly the premium strap
  • Very easy to navigate
  • Slope feature is a great addition

CONS

  • We've not found any issues yet
Available for £249.99 from GolfBuddy

A name that you might not be familiar with, but if you're in the market for a GPS golf watch, GolfBuddy should definitely be on your radar. The Aim W12 is their latest release and we think it's quality.
Straight from the box, it's easy to use and the interface is incredibly intuitive. We really do think you could wear this away from the golf course too, which is in no small part thanks to the very premium feeling leather strap. It has all the usual features you would expect from a GPS watch, but the Fly Over feature is particularly useful. This, as the name suggests, allows you to get a bird's eye view of the hole, meaning you'll know where you should be going, even if you've not played the course before.
Very lightweight and easy to wear too, which is a big plus if you don't tend to wear a watch on the course. Well worthy of its top rating.

Credit: Shot Scope
Shot Scope G5 best GPS watches 2024
Shot Scope G5
This might be the best looking GPS watch on the market

PROS

  • Loads of colour options to pick from
  • Easy to get it straight out on the course
  • Easily get distances to not just the front, middle and back of greens, but also hazards

CONS

  • If you want shot tracking, then the Shot Scope X5 is more for you
Available for £149.99 from Shot Scope

In our opinion, this is the best looking GPS watch on the market. If that's something you look for, then the Shot Scope G5 will really appeal to you.

However, it's more than just a pretty face. The G5 offers players an easy way to get their distances on the course. These include to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as the carry distance required to clear any hazards you're going to encounter in your round. Also, if you want to keep a track of your score, then the G5 offers a virtual scorecard feature, which you can easily update as you walk off the green. This is also one of the lightest GPS watches on the market, so if you want something that won't interfere with your swing, this is a safe bet.

When you order one of these, you'll get the option of two wrist straps, so you can fit the style of your watch to your outfit that day. A great looking, affordable and high tech option.

Credit: Shot Scope
Shot Scope X5 watch
Shot Scope X5
An amazing price with all the shot tracking technology that comes with it.

PROS

  • Shot tracking is made easy, with over 100 stats available in the Shot Scope app  
  • Dynamic front, middle and back yardages help paint a picture of the hole 
  • Great price point considering what you get

CONS

  • Hard to fault!
Available for £269 from Shot Scope

Shot Scope have made brilliant and affordable GPS watches which have been incredibly successful over the years.
We think this watch has taken it to another level, with the ability to track all your shots and track over 100 stats after your round, including your strokes gained compared to other Shot Scope users.

The Shot Scope X5 really is brilliant thanks to the amount of features you can access during the round. You have dynamic yardages, green view, lay-up yardages, distances to dog-legs, front and back carry distance to hazards and a digital scorecard.

But where this really comes into its own is the fact that you have the ability to track each shot you hit through your round with sensor tags that sit in your grips. Each time you select a club, it pairs with the watch and after your round you sync the data to your app. It's incredibly easy to do and allows you to see all the best and worst from your round. You can also share this data with your coach, so your lessons can be more structured and more focussed towards what you need to work on.
 
The price is incredible for what is on offer and if you want to get all the stats like the professionals, you can. Get to know your game better, track your shots and data and get that handicap lower. 

Credit: SkyCaddie
SkyCaddie LX5 gps watch
SkyCaddie LX5
Great visuals and easy to use to get those accurate distances

PROS

  • Large colour touch screen 
  • HD graphics on hole view 
  • Scratch and fade resistant

CONS

  • Have to pay for three– five year plan 
Available for £349 from Sky Caddie

SkyCaddie has produced some brilliant GPS products and they have been very popular when it comes to their watches, with the LX5 a standout. 
The LX5 features a hard wearing ceramic bezel that is not only scratch and fade resistant, but helps to retains its new look for longer. It has large and bright colour touchscreen measuring with full HD graphics for stunning HoleVue and IntelliGreen imagery. It’s preloaded with over 35,000 of SkyGolf's ground-verified, error-corrected maps for unmatched accuracy and you can zoom in and out for extra detail. A really cool feature is the patented IntelliGreen. This provides the exact shape of the green for distances to front, back and any point in between from your angle of approach. Also, if you want to track you score and stats you have the digital scorecard and stats with SkyGolf 360 Cloud with a choice of packages to choose from. 
It’s a brilliant watch which has a great visual and a large screen which is easy to navigate and is packed with all the latest features to keep those scores low. 

Credit: Voice Caddie
Voice caddie gps watch
Voice Caddie A2
If you want precise distances and undulation data on the course

PROS

  • Green undulation data 
  • Pin placement feature for accurate yardages 
  • Slope data to centre of the green 

CONS

  • Doesn’t have the same shot tracking stats like others 
Available for £239.99 from Voice Caddie

The Voice Caddie A2 builds on the success of the SL2 rangefinder and it doesn’t disappoint. This is a feature packed GPS watch that I think lots of people will get on with.
The new A2 is a smart GPS watch that offers features such as green undulation, colour touchscreen, customisable pin placement, and slope. 
It’s great in looks and style giving you yardages to the front of the green, centre and back, allowing you to also manually select pin position, and obtain yardages to hazards and bunkers. The Smart Course View offers an innovative view of the course to help better grasp the course layout for better course management. 
The Smart Green View gives an edge when attacking the green with an eleven-step heatmap of the green. The watch is sturdy and long lasting, with full waterproof protection, alongside 40,000 pre-loaded courses and free updates. 
It’s a brilliant GPS watch that looks great, is comfortable and does basically everything you could need.

How we picked

Performance Consistency

We meticulously evaluated each piece of equipment's performance across a number of variables.

Forgiveness and Playability

With golf clubs, our assessment always considered the versatility and forgiveness levels, especially on off-centre strikes.

Innovative Technology

We scrutinise the incorporation of innovative technology in each piece of equipment we review.

Customisation

We consider factors like adjustable features and customisation options available to the buyer.


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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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