Garmin S3 Golf GPS Watch

There are a lot of waterproof golf GPS devices on the market, but the Garmin S3 golf watch must rank as one of the best units around. It’s certainly the most practical as it sits ever-ready on your wrist until you need it, and with a quick look down you get the most useful information you need at a glance.

This hard-wearing and waterproof GPS S3 watch currently contains data for over 27,000 worldwide courses, and Garmin are adding more all of the time. There are no subscription fees and you get free updates for life!

You get the usual yardages (in easy-to-read high resolution) to the front, middle and back of the greens, along with distances to doglegs and layup areas. You can also easily mark distances to bunkers, water, hazards, etc., anywhere on the course with a simple click on the screen – these then get saved for future use.

Want to know how far you just hit a great drive? No problem. The Garmin Approach S3 will measure it for you from anywhere on the golf course.

Want to record your scores? No problem. Stroke play and Stableford are catered for. You can also print out your scores on your computer when you get home.

It’s also a watch, a round timer, and an odometer so you can see how far you have walked.

The green view screen displays the actual shape and layout of the green, so if your view is obstructed in play, you still know where to aim at. You can also manually move the flag to the current day’s flag position for even more accurate yardages (especially useful on par 3’s).

Unlike some other golf GPS systems, the Garmin S3 watch screen is glove-friendly, so you don’t need to remove your glove to select functions/options.

Course Management is the hot buzz topic at the moment, and this golf GPS unit certainly helps with that. You’ll always now have the confidence to hit the correct club to leave your favorite layup distance and start to knock shots off your round. It’s a real benefit on your home course, but a huge advantage when playing new courses.

It weighs a mere 12 ounces, there’s a one year warranty, and you get 8 hours of golf play from the Lithium ion battery (enough for 2 rounds of golf).

Color choices are the safe black/red option, or the wonderfully-funky white/red option which is probably more suitable for the younger players.

Garmin provide some excellent instructional videos showing how to take advantage of the many wonderful features, so you will never be stuck not knowing what to do.

What do you get in the box?

  • Garmin S3 Approach Waterproof Golf GPS Watch
  • USB cable for charging
  • AC mains adapter
  • Manual

Final words of this Garmin S3 review: If you’re looking to buy an unobtrusive GPS system to help you take your golf game to the next level, then the Garmin Approach S3 GPS golf watch is unequivocally a must have as its one of the best golf GPS units around.

Check out the video below about finding your course and the first hole. There are also some other great instructional videos from Garmin so you just can’t go wrong.