SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS (Black)
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- Full-featured golf GPS with large, color LCD with automatic backlighting
- Includes IntelliGreen technology with full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach
- Plot greens yourself, or subscribe to one of three SkyCourse memberships for access to up to 16,000 courses
- Water resistant for use in all playing conditions
- Rechargeable battery provides up to 14 hours of continuous use
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Ideal for golfers who want top-of-the-line GPS assistance on the links, the SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS is integrated with the very best Swiss engineering to provide unmatched reliability. It features, a large color display with automatic backlighting to ensure easy readability indoors and outdoors, and a long-lasting rechargeable battery (with up to 14 hours of continuous use). It's also equipped with the patented IntelliGreen technology, enabling golfers to measure the full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach, both on or off the fairway. Part of SkyCaddie's exclusive, professional 4-Star SkyCourses, IntelliGreen graphics provide an eagle's eye view of the green with an indicator representing a direct line-of-play from wherever you are on the course.
With an annual SkyPlayer Club Membership Plan (not included with purchase of device), you can easily download thousands of our professionally enabled SkyCourses. Three different levels of memberships are available, based on how many courses you want to store and play. If you do not want a membership and your course is not already available, you can record the front, center and back of each green with your SkyCaddie's quick set-up module, which takes about 10 seconds.
- Display: 220 x 176 pixels
- Fairway targets: Yes
- IntelliGreen: Yes
- Accuracy: <2.5 yards
- Course memory: 10 courses
- Water resistant: Yes
- Conforms to USGA/R&A ruling
- Compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista (requires USB port and Internet access)
- Power: Rechargeable battery, up to 14 hours of continuous use
- Weight: 5.5 ounces
- Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.2 x 1.0 inches
What's in the Box?
SkyCaddie SG5, AC charger, USB cable, belt clip
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can the SG5 give me the distance to the pin?
A: The SkyCaddie, using the IntelliGreen graphics found on our professionally recorded SkyCourses, provides more information than just the distance to the pin. Once the line of play is selected on the graphical green outline, it provides the minimum carry to get on the green, the maximum limit you have to the back of the green, plus you can adjust to obtain the third distance of the approximate flag location. All three distances are provided simultaneously from any direction as you approach the green. You can then frame your shot in a much larger target area and select the best club. You will hit more greens and have shorter putts than a single number can provide.
SkyGolf is a solutions integrator that leverages the convergence of proven technologies, including GPS, Internet, mobile handsets, and proprietary content to provide an instant answer to the oldest question in golf: "How far?" While respecting the game's traditions and history, SkyGolf is committed to using its advanced technology responsibly to improve pace-of-play, enhance golfers' enjoyment of the game and ultimately increase participation for the good of the game.
The SkyCaddie, developed by SkyGolf, is used on over 14,000 golf courses in 45 countries around the world. Weighing less than 5 ounces, the SkyCaddie utilizes the same global positioning system used by the U.S. military, but in a high portable handheld device, about the size of a cell phone, to compute distances to any point on a golf course. SkyGolf uses professional, high-performance GPS engines, satellite-based accuracy augmentation, plus proprietary accuracy enhancements to provide golfers with the distances needed to play smarter, faster and have more fun.
The proven reliability and accuracy of the SkyCaddie handheld, combined with the precision of SkyGolf's vast course library, gives golfers the trust and confidence they need to play their best golf.
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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|
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Top Customer Reviews
However, while they sat on their rear, this product sector evolved and other competitors jumped in. This year there are whole suite of new GPS with next generation features. I looked at uPro Golf (now owned by Callaway). Cool flyby like what you see on TV, but noticed from other users that it had several common issues mostly with their display and battery life. So my search continued. I then looked at OnPar Golf. It looked like my iPhone with the similar touchscreen and icons. That UI works for iPhone, but not for golf GPS. Then I looked at Bushnell Yardage Pro XCG. I thought this was it. It had everything I wanted, no major issues mentioned by other users/reviewers. One of my buddies bought one and I had a hands-on experience on a course. I was actually one click away from owning it (from Amazon, of course) and I decided to make one last google...and then I found Garmin's Approach G5 unit. Yup, it's most expensive GPS unit but it's made by Garmin, the GPS expert. I've been very happy with their Nuvi GPS units. They currently have 9,400+ courses and they're FREE. NO ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS! You simply download new courses from their web site and you can load all those courses on your unit so no more shuffling courses onto my unit. Best of all, it's waterproof! Unlike Skycaddie, you're not limited to the 40-targets on each hole (though,I typically only see a handful). You just drag a circle with your finger on a birds-eye-view and it will tell you how far you are to that. It also keeps scores up to 4 and you can download it to your PC afterwards. I also like that you use batteries instead of rechargeable. I lost count of time I forgot to charge my SkyCaddie and when my buddies call me last minutes I couldn't use it the whole round. Now, I just keep spare batteries in my bag.
So, the bottom line is before you consider SkyCaddie units, research the other GPS models before plunking down your hard earned money. I'm confident that you'll find one with much better features for a similar price. If you're interested in the Garmin G5, there are ton of videos on YouTube so check them out! If money is not an option, then definitely go with Garmin Approach G5. Otherwise, the Bushnell Yardage Pro XCG is your best bet.
Also, for those that own iPhone 3G/3GS there are quite a few apps you can use to make your iPhone into Golf GPS. I've been tinkering with Golfshot (the $29.99 version. Don't bother with their 99 cent version) and I have to say it's damn good app. It even comes with statistical report so you know which part of your game you should be working on. But I'm sticking with my Garmin G5, because the Golfshot depletes my iPhone battery like crazy. My iPhone is not rugged and waterproof either so I'll use it as my backup, but not as my main golf GPS.
This unit is wonderful. Loaded like a charm. The Subscription was about $40 for a year and you can load 10 courses for this rate. There are higher subscription rates if you'd like to have more courses or even international courses. Change courses as often as you like.
This even had the specs for my favorite "remodeled" course which was finished in February. Very up-to-date info.
Accurate! Will measure to the center of the green and will even measure your drive distance. Problem is, when other people on the course see my skycaddie that all want to "play" with it. It can slow down the game.