Golf GPS System Reviews 2010
Garmin Approach G5 golf GPS
- Rugged, waterproof golf GPS unit with 3-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen display
- U.S. golf course maps preloaded, including fairways, hazards, and greens
- No annual fee; new maps available for download from Garmin.com
- Measure shot distance with highly sensitive readings to eliminate guesswork from your game
- Digital scorecard for up to 4 players; save and review scores on your computer at home
The G5’s features have easy-to-follow menus on the touchscreen. The best part is Garmin preloads a database of 14,000+ courses for free, and adds courses and updates for free via its website. The database is fairly extensive and should have most of your local courses. A nice feature is that it can show distances to and from anywhere on the course just by touching and dragging. Touch your target for a distance, or touch and move the flag for precision distance. The G5 also has a good score-keeping utility.
Callaway uPro Golf GPS
The Callaway uPro Golf GPS system is one of the most advanced golf GPS systems due to its amazing technology, shape, and touchscreen. As you approach each hole, it plays a video of a bird’s eye perspective of the hole including highlighted yardage lines. The Smart View feature shows you targets and distances from a bird’s eye viewe. With uPro you can measure to any point on the course. The uPro is great becasue it combines GPS and aerial and satellite photography to present full-color details on thousands of courses. But you have to install one course at a time and only basic course information downloads are free. The Pro Version downloads including video fly overs sell for $10 per course. They do offer packages at a discount, for example 10 courses for $60.
The Callaway uPro Golf GPS retails for $399 and it is selling on Amazon for around $200.
OnPar Golf GPS
OnPar’s iPhone-like golf GPS is among the newer models on the market. OnPar’s best features include a slim profile, and extensive use of the touchscreen for functions such as distance to target, and distance to green. OnPar golf GPS has a nice & bright, high-resolution screen with hole overviews and detailed green views with information. The good news is OnPar does not charge for its course database or course updates.
The onPar GPS retails for $370 but I found it for sale online for a little over $300 at Amazon.com.