Garmin announced the Approach S1 the first GPS wristwatch designed specially for golf. Basically, the Approach S1 can display precise yardages to the front, back and middle of greens and comes preloaded with 14,000-plus courses.
The S1 comes pre-loaded with 14,000-plus U.S. and Canadian courses. It measure individual shot distances, which is constantly updated based on a golfer’s actual real-time location. This waterproof and rugged golf GPS watch has a ultra-thin backlit display and is equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight hours in GPS mode and up to three weeks in watch mode. It includes an easy-to-set alarm and automatic time and time zone detection.
Once in golf mode, Approach S1 quickly acquires satellites and displays a list of nearby courses. Once a course is selected, three distances to each hole will always be provided – front, middle and back of the green – with those details being updated automatically and adjusted depending on the angle of approach. During the course of play, Approach S1 displays the hole number and par, and it automatically transitions from one hole to the next. Once golfers begin a round in golf mode, they can easily transition between time of day and distances to green, and they can access the menu to measure the distance of their last shot to improve their game or shore up bragging rights. Acting as a GPS-enabled odometer, Approach S1 helps golfers track the total ground they’ve covered on foot during each round (or even on a walk over lunch) so that they can see the true health benefits of leaving the cart in the clubhouse.
The Garmin Approach S1 is priced at $249.99.