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GolfLogix Garmin GPS

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  • User-friendly, golf-oriented GPS unit for displaying key yardage distances on the course
  • Calculates instant, precise distances to the front, center, and back of greens, plus hazards; unit holds up to 20 courses with more than 21,800 available
  • 1.25-by-2.25-inch LCD offers excellent visibility in direct sunlight; waterproof and shockproof
  • Compatible with Windows Vista, XP, and 2000 and Mac OS X; up to 22 hours of battery life
  • Includes belt/bag clip, USB-serial cable, and AA batteries; measures 2 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Description

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Enjoy the advantage of GPS mapping on the golf course with the GolfLogix GPS-8 handheld unit, which calculates and displays distances to the front, center and back of every green along with hazards. The most precise, durable and user-friendly golf GPS on the market, this new version of the GolfLogix now recognizes what course you are playing automatically.



You get the distance to the front/center/back of green for each hole.
The GolfLogix GPS-8 includes Garmin's high sensitivity, 12-channel GPS receiver which ensures faster satellite acquisition time and superior accuracy. Nicely compact in your hand, it weighs 5.3 ounces with batteries and measures 1.2 inches thin. The case is 100 percent waterproof (submersible in water per IPX7 standard tests) and is shock-proof and impact-resistant for rugged outdoor use. The large LCD screen (1.25 by 2.25 inches) has a 64 x 128 pixel resolution and features excellent visibility in direct sunlight with adjustable screen contrasts and backlight screen setting for dark playing conditions.

Wherever you are on the course, GolfLogix displays the key distances to hazards and the green in big bold numbers all on a sleek black palm-sized device. The screen advances automatically to all of the targets on the golf course so there are no buttons to push or lasers to point during your round. The GolfLogix GPS-8 can store the following data on each hole: front/center/back of green; hazards; bunkers; water; lay-ups; and carries.



Easily download course data using the GolfLogix software, and store up to 20 courses in the GPS-8 at one time.
The included, simple-to-use software lets you download up to 20 golf course maps on your unit at one time. Simply connect your GolfLogix GPS to your personal computer, and the software walks you through a few easy steps to download golf course maps from the GolfLogix database of more than 15,000 golf courses. The software is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista as well as Mac OS X (Tiger/Leopard). Download your favorite course for free or become a member for a low annual subscription fee and gain access to the entire worldwide database.

Other features include:

  • Distance of last shot feature
  • Large number displays that are easy to read for all ages and eye-visions
  • Personalized name on main screens for security and anti-theft
  • Displays in yards or meters
  • Includes multi-use belt or bag clip
  • GolfLogix Course Manager software with USB drivers
  • 1-year warranty

What are the advantages of GolfLogix GPS versus other yardage devices?
A handheld GPS device, such as GolfLogix GPS, offers more flexibility during a typical round of golf. You can bring the GPS to the ball and get more accurate distance data. Unlike other laser devices, there is no need to point and aim or have a direct line of sight to the hazard or hole.

How do I get golf course maps on my GolfLogix GPS?
Included with your initial purchase is access to download a single golf course map of your choice. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions in the Quick Start Guide located in the box to download the Course Manager Software from the GolfLogix Web site. Then follow the registration and activation screens on your computer to obtain your free golf course map. With a $29.95 annual membership, you can download an unlimited amount of golf courses worldwide (currently more than 15,000 in the database) and have access to GolfLogix product enhancements and upgrades.

Is using a GPS distance device allowed under USGA regulations?
The USGA and R&A both recently sanctioned the use of satellite-based yardage measuring devices during competition. Specifically, decision 14-3/0.5 allows a committee to permit the use of distance measuring devices by Local Rule. Golfers should check with their golf professional prior to use in a USGA sanctioned event. GPS devices have always been permitted in handicap scoring in recreational rounds.

What's in the Box?
GolfLogix GPS, USB cable, belt/bag clip, 2 AA alkaline batteries, printed instructions

Buying Guide

Amazon.com Golf GPS Guide
Staying Linked in on the Links
Having a golf GPS unit in your bag is a bit like playing with your very own PGA-quality caddie. These little electronic wonders have evolved a great deal since the USGA deemed them legal for tournament play in 2005. Most models these days can provide you with quick and accurate information regarding distance to the hole and other targets and hazards; length of prior shots (often storable for future reference); course layout; distance to the front, middle, and back of the green; and more.

With a wide range of golf GPS device, feature, and subscription choices available on the market today, finding one that's right for you can be like finding the middle of the fairway when the winds are swirling. Amazon.com has put together a list of the top GPS units and their key specifications, below, to help you select your ideal model.

Navigating Your Options
Unit Available Courses/Capacity Membership Fees Screen Battery Type/Life
Bushnell Golf GPS 368100 Yardage Pro 12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10 $34.99 annually Black and white backlit LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours
Bushnell Neo Golf GPS 12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10 $34.99 annually 2.1-inch, black and white backlit LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours
Bushnell Yardage Pro Golf GPS 12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10 $34.99 annually Black and white backlit LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours
Bushnell Yardage Pro XG Golf GPS 12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/20 $34.99 annually 2.2-inch, high-contrast black and white LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours
Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC Golf GPS 12,000 (download up to 100 annually) $34.99 annually 2.2-inch, high-resolution backlit color LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours
Callaway Golf uPro Golf GPS 18,000/50 None 320x240 high-resolution color LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours
Callaway Golf uPro Go GPS 18,000 pre-loaded One-time $49.99 activation fee 240x320 high-resolution color LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/10-12 hours
Garmin Approach G3 GPS-Enabled Golf Handheld 12,000/unlimited None 160x240 transflective color TFT touchscreen Two AA batteries/up to 15 hours using NiMH or lithium
Garmin Approach G5 GPS-Enabled Golf Handheld 12,000/unlimited None 240x400 transflective color TFT touchscreen Two AA batteries/up to 15 hours using NiMH or lithium
GolfBuddy Plus GPS Rangefinder Over 14,000/1,000 None High-resolution black/white LCD Rechargeable lithium-polymer
Golf Buddy Pro GPS Range Finder All available courses in North America/20,000 None High-resolution black/white LCD Rechargeable lithium-polymer with AAA backup
Golf Buddy Tour GPS Range Finder All available courses in North America/20,000 None Backlit color LCD Rechargeable lithium-polymer with AAA backup/14 hours
GolfLogix GPS by Garmin (2008 Model) 15,000/20 $39.95 annually 1.25-by-2.25-inch backlit black and white LCD Two AA/22 hours
GolfLogix GPS Smart Phone Membership and Ultimate Retail Accessory Kit 24,000/varies by smartphone $39.95 annually N/A N/A
GPS Golf Guru 4 Precise GPS/PDA Golf Rangefinder with Multi-application capabilities 20,000/200 None 3.5-inch full color touchscreen Rechargeable/14 hours
IZZO Swami 1500 Golf GPS Unit 12,000/10 $9.99 annually Black and white LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours
OnPar Golf Touchscreen GPS 13,000/300 None Full color backlit touchscreen Rechargeable lithium ion
SkyCaddie SG2.5 Golf GPS (Black) 16,000/varies based on membership plan $29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan 120x80 backlit black and white LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours
Sky Caddie SG3.5V GPS Unit 16,000/20 $29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan High-resolution 2.2-inch backlit color LCD Three AAA
SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS (Black) 16,000/10 $29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan 220x176 high-resolution backlit color LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours
SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS 30,000 pre-loaded $29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan Three-inch, high-resolution transflective TFT-LCD screen Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours
Sonocaddie Auto Play Golf GPS Pre-loaded with 18,000/30,000 None 220x176 high-resolution backlit color LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours
Sonocaddie V300 Color GPS Unit 22,000/30 One-time $29.95 or $49.95 fee, depending on plan, or $5 per course after first five free downloads 2.2-inch high-resolution backlit color LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/15 hours
Sonocaddie XV2 Personal Golf GPS 22,000/20 One-time $29.95 or $49.95 fee, depending on plan, or $5 per course after first five free downloads Black and white LCD Three AAA/10 hours
Sureshot GPS Golf System 14,000/10 $29.95-199.95 annually, depending on plan Full color backlit LCD Rechargeable lithium ion/typically lasts for 36 holes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0015IV1Q8
  • Item model number: GPS-8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,850 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
A. K. Fujimoto
The 2008 model measures the distance from your last shot so you can tell how far you are hitting each club.
Rick
I then contacted Golflogix customer service by phone.
A. Carroll

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

157 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Rick on April 7, 2008
I had one of the early models made by SkyCaddie, and this device is far superior. It's easier to use, holds 20 downloaded courses (as opposed to 10), finds the course you are at (as opposed to scrolling through a list), is waterproof (as opposed to water resistant), cost far less to get a one year membership to downloadable courses, and turns on in seconds with distances (as opposed to minutes). The 2008 model measures the distance from your last shot so you can tell how far you are hitting each club.

It's very easy to use. Just turn it on. I had no trouble downloading the courses, and I am a Mac user with the Mac Leopard operating system. The Garmin algorithn for finding distances is quick and accurate.

I really like it and can't imaging playing golf without it!
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By William Sollberger on May 8, 2008
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So far the gps works fine, but it seems to be eating batteries much too quickly. I got 5 rounds out of the first set which was great. Since then, I can't get a full round out of a set of batteries. At first I assumed I was using cheap batteries so I switched to Energizers and still can't get a full round out of a set. I'm now waiting for the weather to warm up a bit and see if it's the cold dragging them down. If it doesn't do better, i'm calling the company for a new unit or a refund. I love how it works when it's working, but, it sucks to play 12-15 holes and then see a "low battery" indicator come on!!!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D. Phelps on April 27, 2008
I've had my Garmin for a couple of weeks now and it's fabulous knowing accurate yardages (even when you need to play up an adjacent hole!)

I was undecided on the Garmin Golf Logix vs Sky Caddy choice, but went with the Garmin for their ease of use, customer support (I've heard it's very poor with Sky Caddy), and price.

I like that it's powered by 2 AA batteries (easy replacement of battery mid round (though I've played 4 rounds and the originals are still going strong)

It would be nice if you could track your last shot yardage and still toggle to the green/hazard yardage info to help your buddies (right now, it's one or the other option, not both), but for the price, I really feel I made the right choice.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Page on May 4, 2008
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Very please with my purchase. The Garmin GPS works as advertise, all I have to do is turn it on and it recognizes which course I am on. You can download 20 courses. It gives accurate yardages front, center and back of green and to doglegs and hazards. My favorite feature is measuring yardage of tee shots. I don't want to play without it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mpg_public on May 9, 2008
I purchased the GPS-7 in March 2008 from Amazon. I registered the device and paid the $30 annual fee. A few days later, Golflogix announced the GPS-8. I was a little unhappy about that since I hadn't even had the chance to evaluate it. I emailed Golflogix and told them of my situation. They offered me a credit toward the GPS-8. The GPS-8 had a few additional features that I thought were worth the upgrade. So, I used the credit and upgraded. When I tried to upload my home course to the GPS-8, the software wouldn't recognize the new device. Each account is linked to a specific device. I asked if my old account could be transferred to the new device. Unfortunately, it couldn't. I had to cancel my subscription for the GPS-7 and pay another $30 for the GPS-8. The good news is that Golflogix credited me one of annual subscription charges. I have to say that Golflogix has EXCEPTIONAL customer service. Now, on to the review...

I have used the GPS-8 a few times now and can say that I really enjoy using it. It has been extremely helpful on the course with determining distances to hazards and other points on the golf course. I think this is more useful than a laser rangefinder since a laser rangefinder requires you to be able to see your target to measure it and sometimes requires you to have a very steady hand. The GPS-8 will tell you the distance to hazards from anywhere without a direct line of sight and without any effort. All of the features of the GPS-8 that are described on their website work and I have not had any issues except one: battery life. I get about 2-3 rounds/set of AA batteries. Obviously, longer battery life is better. The good thing is that the GPS-8 uses common AA batteries and not a proprietary battery pack. Just keep a spare set of AA batteries in your golf bag and you're good to go. With consistent use, the GPS-8 could easily help lower one's handicap and is an indispensible tool for course management.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By TH on August 12, 2008
Good luck with contacting their customer service. Does anyone answer GolfLogix's telephone? I even faxed a message, still no response. When I attempt to download a course, an error message appears that their system is down (now going into week three) On the positive side, the device works with my current list of courses.GolfLogix GPS by Garmin (2008 Model)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Abbotsford Flyers on August 19, 2008
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When I retired some time ago I purchased a new set of clubs, bag, cart, Bushnell 1500 and the Sky Caddie. Recently purchase the latest Golflogic 2008 model and was up and running in 15 minutes with 20 courses of my choice.

Advantages over the Sky Caddie:

Batteries. I carry four extra in my bag for the Golflogix and in the past I have forgotten to charge up the Sky Caddie and it went dead half way through my round.

The Sky Caddie is slow and you have to scroll through to select your course. The Golflogix selects the course and hole you are on when you turn it on. A very nice feature.

Feel better about this unit being water proof. With the Sky caddie I purchased a waterproof bag container for the rainy days. (Which we get in Vancouver).

One yearly fee and you download 20 courses anywhere. With the Sky caddie I had to pay additional fee's to download one course I go to in Wa.

Big Bright view. I am sure this is because of the new technology. I would think the latest Sky Caddie would be bright as well.

Con to the Golflogix over the Sky Caddie

You cannot map your own course with the Golflogix as you can with the Sky Caddie. If your course is not on the list to download you could map it yourself. As I purchased the Sky Caddie at the beginning I had to map a few of the courses myself. You cannot map your own course with the Golflogix.

I attach both to my Sun Mountain cart. My buddies like to know their distance to the pin and I always have the unit on distance of my shot when I advance after hitting my ball. This way I have the best of both worlds.

I use the Bushnell 1500 with the slope as well.
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