Garmin Approach S3 GPS watch for golfers

Garmin just introduced Approach S3 Touchscreen GPS Golf Watch. It’s a rugged device but yet sleek and if you’re really into stats and gadgets and love to keep track of your game Garmin Approach S3 is for you.

  • glove-friendly sunlight-readable touchcreen
  • can be used as a regular wrist watch
  • preloaded with 27,000 worldwide courses
  • displays the distance to the pin, front and back of the green
  • 8 hours play time, 4 weeks use a regular watch
  • available in April 2012 for $350 available in golf white with red trim and black with gray trim

MOTOACTV Golf Edition

Motorola just introduced the MOTOACTV Golf Edition, a GPS Golf tracker and a virtual caddy all on your wrist. MOTOACTV Golf Edition knows about 20,000 courses worldwide where you can get the front, center and back distances to green and to hazards. The virtual caddy keeps track of scorecards, clubs and key statistics. Other useful stats include the ability to track data like total steps taken, distance covered and calories burned while on the green.

Not only that this GPS enabled golfers GPS knows about PAR information and acts as a virtual clubhouse, syncing wirelessly at where you get a simulation of your round using a satellite view of the course.

MOTOACTV Golf Edition is already available for pre-order for $300 and they’ll be shipping on April 1st.

Garmin Approach G6 - all you need to know

You’re looking at a shiny new Garmin Approach G6 GPS golf device. Here’s the scoop:

  • available Feb 2012
  • MSRP is $300
  • preloaded with over 25,000 worldwide courses
  • weighs just over 3 ounces
  • 2.6” sunlight readable display
  • offers layup arcs that are drawn on the map
  • battery lasts up to 15 hours

Too expensive? Older models, such as Approach G3 and Approach G5 must be a whole lot cheaper by now. Too big? Check out Garmin Approach S1 which is just a wrist watch.

SWAMI 3000 GPS for golf

If you’re into golf, you have to checkout the Swami 3000 GPS unit. At only $99 it seems like a steal compared to other GPS devices for golf. This is the newer model of the older Swami 1500 and even though its product page isn’t all that glorious it does have a solid set of features:

  • Course name displayed on screen
  • Pre-loaded with over 19,000 courses
  • Ready to use right out of the box
  • Includes AC wall charger
  • No hassles with uploading courses
  • No Computer or Subscription Required

Callaway upro mx: GPS for golfing

Callaway just introduced a brand new GPS device for golfers. It is called Callaway upro mx. The device features a full-color multi-gesture touch screen that measures 2.2″ giving you plenty of screen while still remaining portable. To make navigation easier they also have something called “optical finger navigation system” but we don’t know about this “technology” to comment on it just yet.

will come pre-loaded with more than 25,000 courses and will even offer hi-res actual aerial photography of each golf course. There’s something called ProMode that offers enhanced feature set, including TV-style video flyovers for each hole layout, and AnyPoint Technology, which provides golfers accurate distances from any location on the golf course. available for an additional fee.

Callaway upro mx will be available in May for $200 which isn’t too bad. There are no annual fees unless you want to go pro. upro website still has no information on the upro mx.

iPlay GPS Sonocaddie V500

South African iPlay GPS came out with a new GPS device for golfers called Sonocaddie V500. It is probably good timing on their part as the Southern Hemisphere is about to start enjoying their summer if they haven’t already done so.

Anyways one of the highlights for this new GPS for golfers is that in addition to showing your yardage to front, center, and back of green, iPlay GPS Sonocaddie V500 can also show your distance to anywhere on the course with its touchpoint positioning.

The product actually promises two new features not found on any other device. These would be the ability to get a satellite image of the hole, and also a video flyover. However iPlay was unable to deliver these features on their because of lack of data. But they promise when the data is available you’ll have access to these great features.

You can learn more about Sonocaddie V500 here. You can pre-order it now for 4499 South African Rands which is about 650USD.

Garmin Approach S1: GPS watch for golfers

Garmin keeps going after golfing market with a new sleek looking GPS enabled wrist watch designed to help golfers on the course. The new GPS watch is called Garmin Approach S1 and it costs about $250 on their site.

The really nice thing with the Approach S1 is that it comes preloaded with over 14000 courses so more thank likely it is ready to be used right out of the box. It shows which hole you’re on and displays yardage to front, middle, and back of the green. Other features include the ability to measure individual shot distances, and also act as an everyday life when you’re not on the course.

As far as hardware specs Approach S1 weighs only 1.8 ounces but still is rugged and waterproof, and has an ultra-thin backlit display, with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last about 8 hours in GPS mode and up to three weeks in regular watch mode.

AG1 combines automotive and golf GPS

AG1 is a brand new GPS navigation system announced by Expresso today. It can be used as a regular car GPS navigation system to get turn by turn driving directions or as a golf range finder which includes more than 33000 courses around the world. In addition it includes a media player for your tunes and videos. We don’t know how much it will cost as “where to buy” section of their website is still under construction.

AG1 has an automatic portrait and landscape function, 3.6″ TFT LCD touchscreen, battery that can last up to 10 - 12 hours, built in stereo speakers, and two SD card slots that allows up to 64GB of storage.

The car navigation system portion of AG1 is done via collaboration with NAVIGON while the golfing part of the device is integrated with help from iGolf.

There’s a lot more information on ExpressoGPS’ website.

Here is a demo video:

Press release after the jump:

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golf app on iPad by Terra Imaging

If you were waiting to see if they would make an iPad app for golfing you’re in luck. You may see the new 3D Golf Course Navigation System in a golf cart at your favorite golf course soon. Developers say the beautiful screen and the compact size make the new iPad perfect for golf carts (we agree!)

What’s interesting is that they decided to add an external Leica GPS antenna to the iPad even though iPad itself carries an A-GPS receiver. This could be for several reasons though. First, Terra Imaging probably plan on using their 3D golf course mapping software on iPad with WiFi only (which we know won’t have GPS), second they’re partners with Leica and just need a reason to use their hardware, and third maybe they actually just need a more powerful GPS receiver.

You can read more about 3D Golf Course here.

SkyCaddie SGX GPS range finder

SkyGolf is announcing a brand new GPS enabled rangefinder called SkyCaddie SGX.

SkyCaddie SGX has a 3″ transflective LCD screen, Lithium-ion battery that can last up to 14 hours, offers up to 30,000 pre-loaded and ground-verified maps. It can automatically rotate the green to match a golfer’s angle of approach and provides all of the distances needed to hit greens - and many more features we’re not too familiar with.

But anyhow, the SkyCaddie SGX will be available in April 2010 for a suggested price of $400.