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GolfBuddy World GPS Range Finder

3.6 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews
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  • GPS Rangefinder; true GPS tracking with automatic course and hole recognition
  • Pre-loaded with courses from around the world
  • 40,000 course capacity with full hole layout mode
  • Full function touch screen
  • Automatic course and hole recognition
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Product Description

Product Description

The World is a technological marvel with unparalleled features and functions. Its name depicts its power: the world’s courses in the palm of your hands. With 40,000 course storage capability, courses from around the world pre-loaded, and completely fee-free, users can have the confidence that wherever their golf destination may be, they will have the power of the GolfBuddy World to guide them through their rounds.

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Give your game the advantage of true GPS tracking with automatic course and hole recognition with the GolfBuddy Plus GPS Rangefinder. With features such as a high resolution black/white LCD screen, a durable and water-resistant design, and customizable target capabilities, the GolfBuddy Plus is multi-lingual, easy and simple to operate, and stores up to an incredible 40,000 courses with no membership fees or course download fees.

Why GolfBuddy?

Accuracy
The GolfBuddy will help you gain confidence by knowing exactly how far and where to go. The GolfBuddy's large, easy-to-read screen gives you the exact distance to greens, bunkers, lakes, lay-up points and hazards.

Technology
Each unit features the dynamic green view which changes the shape of the green, depending on your angle of approach. Target information is already preloaded, and the GolfBuddy features custom plotting technology which lets you add up to 11 of your own chosen targets to each course in addition to what the GolfBuddy already provides.

Simplicity
With its unique automatic course and hole recognition feature, the GolfBuddy will automatically know which course you are playing and which hole you are on. There is no need for aiming or manual operation to obtain distance information to the green when using the GolfBuddy. The GolfBuddy is a true GPS unit. Just turn it on and play.

Power
The GolfBuddy features 1,000 course storage capability, dynamic green technology, target customization technology. The GolfBuddy is a full-feature rangefinder, making it one of the most powerful GPS devices on the market today.

GolfBuddy World Features:

  • 40,000 course storage capability
  • Courses from across the world pre-loaded
  • High-resolution color, outdoor visible, full-function touch screen
  • Full layout mode
  • Ability to switch back-and-forth from standard numbers readings to layout mode
  • Vibrant, yet simple to use user interface
  • Zoom in and zoom out functions
  • Automatic course and hole recognition
  • Measuring point moves as golfer does throughout course
  • Ability to measure to and from any point on the hole
  • Multiple languages
  • Shock and water resistant case design
  • 50 channel satellite reception
  • Distance measuring module
  • Customizable targets
  • Pin placement / movement functionality
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included)
  • Swivel holster (included)


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004RPZFOU
  • Item model number: WORLD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,967 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Color: Regular
UPDATE 12/30/2011: Couple more rounds under my belt with the unit and I like it even more. It's plenty accurate enough for my ability to hit a yardage target, and it works even when stuffed in my pocket. Takes a few minutes sometimes to lock onto the GPS satellites from a cold boot, but the thing just works, auto detects the course I'm on, detects when I'm on the green and asks if I want to input the score for the hole, and then auto switches to the next hole as I walk to the next tee box. I think about all that could be done to improve it is make it faster, give it a capacitive (instead of resistive "clicky") screen, and make it cheaper...although at almost $100 less than I paid these days, it's looking better and better. Upping review to 5 stars.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: While I think all of these devices are massively overpriced (since you can get faster, larger screen "road" GPS units for about a hundred bucks these days), I did a lot of research before choosing this one (and I was not interested in paying any subscription fees). It really came down to this and the Garmin G5, which I think is also a good device.

The problem I had with the G5 is it's HUGE, like an inch thick at least. It also is not appreciably faster and is more difficult to see in the direct sunlight. Keep in mind no color screen of this type is going to be perfect in direct sun but this one does pretty great if you just tilt it away from yourself slightly. I had no trouble seeing it during a round starting at noon yesterday in very harsh, bright sun. Battery seems great, I've only lost one bar (out of four) during a 4.5 hour (SLOOOooowww) round yesterday, meaning it should be good for at least 2 if not 3 rounds before needing a recharge.
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Color: Regular Verified Purchase
I have the GolfBuddy Tour and wanted to upgrade to World model. The World model is very precise but is very difficult to see in the daylight compared to the other model, its like looking at a mirror. The GulfBuddy World should have the same resolution as the Golf Buddy Tour which is the older model. The World model has alot more features but hard to see because of the screen.
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In December my son purchased this item for me when I was staying over Christmas with him in LA. I was unaware that this product comes with a 90day guarantee as I am used to a minimum guarantee of 1 year on all items sold here in the UK.

Surffice it to say after 4 months the unit failed. I tried to send it to the UK based repair location but they refused to accept it on the basis that it was purchased in America. They do not despute that it is an identical item. Contact with the LA based department resulted with a confirmation that I would have to send it to them - no justification of why this should be the case. I sent the item by Registered Post to LA and it was received some three weeks ago. I telephoned to enquire what was happening and they told me it can take 3 to 4 weeks to look at items.

In view of the fact that this now seems a lost cause I purchased an Garmin watch unit and can only report it is superb.

I always believe a company is only as good as its backup service - well Golfbuddy are a company which has little or no sense of 'customer care' and their product is not a lot better.
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I had been looking for a gps,decided to purchase the GolfBuddy World. through Amazon. I originnally purchased a used unit advertised as like new. I recieved the unit wen to the course and the unit would not pick up the satellite. I contacted GolfBudy support and was told to do a cold boot which I did. Next time at the course same result. I then decided to return this unit and purchased a new unit. I recieved the new unit and went to a different course,to my dissapointment ,same result,the new unit would not pick up the satellite. I went home and did a cold reboot on the new unit,went back to course,same result,would not pick up the sateliite, I returned the unit. Both courses was installed on both units,tried manual locates on both units with no result. I am now looking for another brand. I think I would have like the GolfBuddy World if it operated properly.
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Color: Regular
DO NOT BUY THIS GPS UNIT. After only 6 months of use (mostly winter), my GB World stopped working. Most of the LCD went dark. Although, there was no physical damage to the outside of the LCD. I keep the unit in the front compartment of my cart (lay it on a leather carry pouch), and did not put other items in the compartment. After paying to return the unit for evaluation, GB Cust Svc said my only options were to buy a new unit from them for $199, or buy a reconditioned unit for $105. I ask them to just return my broken unit and I'll throw it in the trash.......I didn't want them to keep & repair my unit for resale to another person.
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Color: Regular
right out of the box this thing works. Yardage of the 7 courses I have played are spot on. Highly suggest this unit.
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Color: Regular Verified Purchase
I had to call the company to have a program installed while on vacation in Myrtle Beach and I still couldn't pick up a satalite for the GPS. Sent it back as soon as I got home.
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Love my new GolfBuddy World GPS unit. No annual fees for getting courses uploaded and so many pre-loaded. The color display is easy to read and adds a little "something" to the experience. Took it on a golf trip to Myrtle Beach and courses loaded automatically - some of the newer remodeled courses weren't available on my friends' units. Seems like it takes a while when turning the unit on and loading the course, but no complaints once it's on. As with all other units I've used, men's tee boxes are mapped but ladies tees are not. I've saved my score cards and will probably load them into my personal unit. Yardages seem accurate at the ~5 courses I've used it on.
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