Ranking the five best golf GPS watches of 2023 

Determining the best golf GPS watch 2023 is incredibly difficult because there are so many impressive options. However, there are five watches that are clear above the rest based on certain factors. 


If you’re in the market for a new GPS watch and only want the best of the best, you can’t go wrong with one of these options. The best five watches differ in functionality and price, but one thing they all have in common is just how much help they offer. 


Here are our top five:


#1. Garmin Approach S70 GPS Watch – $699.99 / £649.99 RRP

If you only want the crème de la crème of golf GPS watches, look no further than the Garmin Approach S70 GPS Watch. This watch does everything you need and more! Whether you want a watch to provide precise distances or one with all the bells and whistles you won’t be disappointed with the S70. With more functionality than any other watch in Garmin’s range, you’ll be the envy of your playing partners when you turn up with this watch. 


#2 Shot Scope X5 GPS Watch – $299.99 / £279.99 RRP

Shot Scope are fairly new to the golf GPS sphere, but they have quickly grasped how to make a quality GPS watch. Their X5 GPS Watch is certainly one to rival the more established names in this category. This watch is stylish, functional and critical – in a good way! By using this watch, you can analyse every part of your game in order to make improvements. This is done by using the 2nd Gen RFID tracking tags. 


#3 TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition Smartwatch – $2,500 – £2,400 RRP

If money is no object, then this is the watch for you. You won’t find many golfers wearing this watch, I guarantee not due to performance but more down to price. If you have a passion for watches this can be added to your collection, and you always have an amazing golf GPS watch. You might be able to find a cheaper watch that does the same things, but why wouldn’t you want a TAG Heuer golf watch if you can afford it?


#4 SkyCaddie LX5C GPS Watch – $350 / £300 RRP

Bringing the price back down for this one! With the largest and brightest colour touchscreen (1.39in) the SkyCaddie LX5C GPS Watch is very crisp and clear – something that can’t be said for all watches. If your eyesight isn’t the best and you often struggle to see small screens it could pay to switch to this watch. Providing precise distances thanks to on-foot mapping of UK courses, you can trust every yardage you get from the LX5C GPS Watch. 


#5 TecTecTec Ult-G GPS Watch – $129.99 / £119.99 RRP

Occupying number five on this list is a budget option (you might be happy to hear). For less than $130/£120 there is little to dislike about TecTecTec’s Ult-G GPS Watch. This is a very simple watch that delivers on the basics and not much else, but if that’s all you’re looking for then why would you want anything else? – including the price tag that comes with more functionality. This isn’t touchscreen like the others, but the buttons make it really easy to navigate. 

How to choose a golf GPS watch 

As you have probably guessed from our top five, there is a huge disparity in prices when it comes to golf GPS watches. Every golfer will want something different from a GPS watch but there are a few things you should always consider. 


Functionality – There are models that will give you basic information or there or options that will tell you everything you want to know about your golf game – both are good watches for the right person. You need to consider whether you’ll use all the functionality of a premium watch because if not save some money and choose a more basic model – after all, there’s nothing worse than having a watch you can’t use properly. 


Budget – From our top five you can guess that you can spend as much or as little as you please. Whether you have a budget or not, it’s usually a good thing to set one – to narrow down your options. The best way to budget is by working out what you want and looking at the ballpark figure for those watches. 


Ease of use – We’ve already touched on this a bit with functionality – but this is purely based on navigation. If you can’t find your way around your golf GPS watch then you may as well not be using one. Find one that’s easy to navigate and it’ll work better for you than the most premium model you can’t use. I’ve seen it happen – you’re playing partners might be laughing but you certainly won’t be.


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