New to golf? If so you’ll inevitably struggle with not only the mechanics of the game, but what club to choose for each appropriate hole. Enter the Garmin Approach S1 golf GPS watch. Aside from acting as an everyday watch with alarm and auto time zone detection, it includes info about 14,000 golf courses in the US and Canada.
Once you step foot on the green you switch the S1 into golf mode and it will display all the near by golf courses to choose from. One the appropriate course is selected it will provide three distances to each hole – front, middle and back of the green – with those details being updated automatically and adjusted depending on the angle of approach. During play the Approach S1 will automatically transition from hole to hole and keep tabs on your shot-to-shot distance in addition to tallying total distance walked.
The Approach S1 has an ultra-thin backlit display, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight hours in GPS mode and up to three weeks in watch mode. Too bad it doesn’t incorporate their ANT+ wireless tech and the ability to upload your game to their Garmin Connect service.
Garmin says that it is available now for $249.99.