Garmin Approach G3 Waterproof Touchscreen Golf GPS
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- The Box contains: Approach G3, Belt clip, USB cable, Owner's manual
- The detailed golf course maps will provide golfers with precise distance information about fairways, hazards and greens from any point on the course
- As you move about the course, the unit will continuously update your position and show you the distance to each target
- The Approach G3 steps away from our traditional recreational product line to bring something brand new to the golf market at lower price point
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Touchscreen Golf GPS Gives Exact Yardages
- 2.6" sunlight readable touchscreen display
- Preloaded with thousands of North and Latin American courses
- Free course updates — no subscriptions, no fees
- Touch Targeting gives yardage to any point on the course
- Green View to manually move pin to days’ pin location
Give your game a boost of confidence with Approach G3, a rugged, waterproof, touchscreen golf device packed with thousands of preloaded golf course maps. Approach uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to measure individual shot distances and show the exact yardage to fairways, hazards and greens.
Fits Perfectly in Your Pocket
A bit smaller and lighter than the Approach G5, Approach G3 is ideal if you prefer to walk the course. Still as rough and rugged as its big brother, Approach G3 lightens your load no matter how you get around the course.
Eliminate the Guesswork
Approach displays and updates your exact position on stunningly detailed, preloaded course maps throughout North and Latin America. Approach’s highly sensitive GPS receiver pinpoints your position and removes guesswork from your game. As you move, Approach automatically updates your position, so you’ll always know your yardage. There are no subscriptions or setup fees, and Approach is compliant with USGA rules (permitted when Local Rule is in effect (see USGA Decision 14-3/0.5).
Tired of trees blocking your view? We’ve included Tree Line Coverage for most courses (with more to come) to help you see where trees line your fairways, further allowing you to adjust your shot.
Touch Your Target
Need to measure distances for your next shot? Touch any point on the sunlight-readable display, and Approach shows the precise distance to that exact spot — fairway, hazard, landing area, or the front, middle, and back of the green.
Get on the Green
Approach helps you zero in on the pin with Green View. Just tap the flag on the map to zoom in on the green — then you can drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.
Keep Score Digitally
Approach doubles as a digital scorecard for your foursome. After the game, you can save and review the scores on your computer.
Add More Courses
We add more courses periodically to our map data, as well as updating and improving our course maps for Approach G3.
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||17,500+ pre-loaded/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||17,500+ pre-loaded/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|
Top Customer Reviews
The distance to the pin is always displayed in the upper right hand corner. If the pin is up front or in the back of the green, just touch the upper right hand corner to zoom in on the green. Touch the location of where the pin is on the green, and the display automatically gives you the new distance to the pin! Touch anywhere on the fairway, and the unit instantly gives you distances to that point. Nothing could be easier! The unit also measures any shot very easily. Touch "Measure Shot" on the screen and begin walking to your ball. The Garmin begins counting the yardage as you walk! It's also very easy to keep score for each person in your foursome. The batteries last two rounds. Rechargeable batteries are highly recommended. The unit is waterproof, so don't worry about it getting wet! It fits easily in your front pocket. I also bought the Garmin clip for my golf bag, but haven't tried that yet.
Some reviews put down the Garmin because they said it was hard to see in the sunlight. However, I have not seen where that's true. Just a little tilt to the screen one way or the other and it becomes easily viewable, even in direct sunlight.Read more ›
1) If you can't see the target, you can't scope a distance. Let's say you are playing a course where you know there is water in front of the green over the hill. If you can't see the water, you can't scope it. Or a hazard around a dog leg. True, these situations don't happen often but it is certainly an advantage of the GPS device.
2) I like just looking down at the device to get the yardages. No fussing with trying to hit the spot, plus I get front, middle and back of the green yardages. In the green view, in a single glance I get more information about yardages than the scope can give me.
If you are thinking of getting a GPS device where you need to download course to it, consider this. I thought we were playing Grande Dunes as one of the courses but we were playing Dunes Club. The courses are actually near each other and if I had to download the course before going down to Myrtle, I would have downloaded Grande Dunes. When I went down, I found out we were playing the Dunes club and because I had a device with all courses loaded, it wasn't an issue.
Notable features of the G3
- No fees: All US & Canada courses are pre-installed. I also downloaded an update to the courses for free. Included all trees too.
- Battery life: I got 3 full rounds on a pair of Duracell alkalines. I plan on using NIMH rechargables going forward.
- Screen: People have really over analyzed this.Read more ›
Many of the negative reviews for the Garmin focus on the screen and the glare. While the system can "maybe" have a little glare at times, it is nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be based upon the reviews I read. I have no problem reading the screen and knowing the location of hazards. For people who are vision impaired or would normally have to wear reading glasses to see particular colors or fonts, this may make reading the screen a little more difficult.
I greatly enjoy being able to navigate through the courses prior to arriving at the course. To some extent I already know which clubs I plan to use for each hole. It doesn't always work out that way, but arriving at the course knowing you'll tee the first hole for a 4 hybrid (my 190 yard club) because of the hazard at 205 yards builds a little starter confidence.
Inputting in the scores and players are also relatively easy. I particularly like moving the pin around on the green to make my club selection a little more accurate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used this several times. It works great and simple to use. I would recommend this to my friends.Published 26 days ago by Robyn Roscoe
This item is cumbersome - no way to attach to golf cart and to clunky to carry. Hard to see screen in bright sun. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randy l. Lyons
Very accurate and has so many courses! Have not played a course yet that is not on this unit!Published 2 months ago by Charles S.
Hard to read unless you hold it in the sunlight. Accurate, though. Battery life is about two 18 hole rounds.Published 2 months ago by Mark Abell
Very disappointed! Small, difficult to read. Unit it replaced could be used by cart partner. This is a personal unit and a wrist type gps would be preferable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fred G Palmer
I didn't know there are different versions of maps until I received this unit. Beware of the map description that said worldwide. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon's shopper
have been using it for a couple of years. keep up with the updates and you will be happyPublished 3 months ago by carlu66