Bushnell Neo+ Golf GPS Rangefinder
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The smallest, most compact, golf GPS unit available is also one of the simplest and easiest to use. Pre-loaded with over 25,000 golf courses. It provides quick, accurate distance to the front, center & back of the green, as well as key hazards. No membership fee is required to use this product and no golf course downloads are necessary. The neo+ is ready to use right out of the box. So simple to use that after the neo+ has found your course, you can literally play an entire round without ever touching another button.
Bushnell has been in the optics business since 1955, and pioneered the golf laser rangefinder in 1995. With a constant emphasis on product innovation, Bushnell now features the first combo laser/GPS with the Hybrid, and in 2012 launched the revolutionary Tour Z6 which features Vivid Display Technology and E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) to make it the world's most technologically advanced laser rangefinder. Bushnell also makes distance simple with its three GPS products - the NEW neo+ GolfGPS Watch, neo+ and XGC+.
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However, I'd have to say that I'm not quite as pleased with the accuracy out of the box. On the courses I play a lot I find myself using the "remapping" feature quite a bit the first time around. Once it's re-mapped then it's good to go and quite accurate. Any time I bring the unit to a course for the first time, I simply don't trust the yardages. After I've customized and remapped the course, then I'll rely on it quite a bit.
Case in point, the local course where I'm a member had the wrong hole mapped for the first hole. Whoever mapped it had mistakenly identified hole #7 as the first hole and went from there. I can see how this could happen here as the seventh tee is next to the parking lot. Even when I figured out which was the correct hole to be on, the yardages were still off by as much as 10 yards. I have a 3.7 hdcp index and 10 yards can be like a mile to a better golfer. I have obviously re-mapped this course (with correct holes) and it is now dead on but due to this I am quite wary when bringing it somewhere new. Check it against yardages marked in the fairway and if it doesn't seem to match, put it in your pocket and just re-map as you play. It only takes a minute to map the front, center and back of each green. Next time you visit the course it should be dead on.
I do like the fact that I can customize and map out key points on each hole such as bunkers and water hazards. In the end I give the unit itself 5 stars but the accuracy of the preloaded courses only 1 star, which thankfully can be fixed. Add those together and I give it 3 stars.
I've only used this device for 2 rounds thus far, I find that it works great and is exactly what I was looking for- a small, simple GPS that provides distance to the front, center, and back of the green without the hassle of managing what courses are on the device. It's very lightweight, easy to read, and seems fairly accurate when compared to a buddy's rangefinder. Just turn it on when you arrive at the course or while you're on the range, once you're done warming up, you'll see a list of nearby courses, select, and go.
That said, I have 2 minor gripes: 1) I haven't been able to readily find how much battery life is remaining. However, I have to admit, I haven't tried looking, so not sure if it's there or not. 2) I wish there was a better case or a way to securely fasten the device to my bag while on the cart. I don't trust the belt clip on the bag, wish there was a case with a carabiner similar to an old SkyCaddie device I was using previously.
All in all, great value, esp. with the recent $50 rebate Bushnell was offering and the always competitive Amazon pricing. Very happy with my purchase, and highly recommend if you're looking for a small, simple, and accurate GPS.
Update 7/2: found the battery level meter, it's right in the menus and very easy to get to. Would be better if the battery level was persistently on the screen, but it's fine the way it is. Used the device for 3 rounds and still had 60% left.
Pros: Small, fits in your pocket, works easily, ability to put custom points into the gps. Price, and especially great when you figure that don't have to pay a yearly fee to own this. Has all the basic information that you need, easy to read, includes every course that I have played in Arizona or Michigan (and I play a lot.), automatically advances to each hole, and syncs up easily and finds the course you are playing without any hassle. The battery life on this gps is awesome. I would estimate I can get about 6-7 rounds on mine before I need to recharge. It works great.
Cons: Lacks the visuals that many other gps have on the screen. This can be a problem if you are playing where there is a severe dogleg. On a course I was playing, it said it was like 280 to the green, but it was a par 5 about 500 yards. The 280 wasn't practical because it was almost all carry with hazards surrounding the green. Because of the huge (and blind) dogleg, you couldn't really get an idea of how you wanted to play it. With that said, if I played the course regularly, I would custom map it and put a good layup shot for the next time I was going to play the hole. Out of the roughly 25-30 rounds I have played with it, it has failed to find a hole 2-3 times. When this happens, it just skips the hole and you can't get to the hole. To me, that's acceptable. The plastic carrying case for your belt is somewhat crappy. It fell off one time; I could have lost or broke my gps because of the plastic clip. I would advise buying the leather holder for it. Very nice and keeps it secure.
Syncing: I have seen where some people say it doesn't find their local course without a manual search (the manual search is a bit tedious), but my guess is that they are not allowing the gps enough time to find the course. When I play, I just turn it on, go putt or get my gear ready, then click the button. It works every time.
Overall, I recommend this gps. I think it's great as long as you aren't expecting it to have a display where you can look at what hole looks like.