Garmin Approach G8 Golf Course GPS Review
When I first received my Garmin Approach G8 Golf Course GPS device I considered returning it, but then I reconsidered and thought that you should never turn down a gift. That is kind of an unwritten rule of courtesy. So I waited a few months before I started using my Christmas gift, almost gifting it away to a neighbor of mine who was salivating to get his hands on this device.
It kind of made me wonder why he was so interested in it. So I asked him and he said that he had read that….
The Garmin Approach G8 Golf Course GPS device is a cell phone like device that will help you navigate through golf courses with great ease and help your golf game big time.
Me, being a watchful and up to date golfer, looked at this golf GPS device a while ago, but after reading some negative reviews it cooled me off to it, and my excitement and joy while unwrapping it on Christmas day was all just part of my awesome acting abilities. That apathetic behavior toward this device lasted only until I started to use it early this spring.
And the thing is I really only took it with me to go golfing to make my wife happy (happy wife, happy life) and prevent her from nagging me about buying me things that I never use, can I get an amen…lol
First of all I was impressed with the aerial shots of the holes on its 3 inch trans-reflective screen.
They looked really nice even under afternoon sunlight. On some occasions when the sun was hitting it hardest, all I had to do to find a good viewing angle was just tilt it.
Measuring mode is just amazing
It lets you calculate exact distances on the hole between any two points. I play with that feature all the time while waiting for my turn.
And after I fire a shot, I love to use Mark feature that lets me calculate the length of it. I started to wonder what everyone was complaining about.
Well, I heard that the company just upgraded the software, so maybe that fixed bugs people were not happy with before.
Other features that I also enjoyed were…
This Smart Notification lets you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your handheld, even if you’re in the middle of the fairway. G8 receives the wireless signal from your iPhone®. It let’s you know you have a message, and displays the full text on its own screen whenever you are ready to read it. This feature could go either way depending on your spouses mood that day.
I absolutely love this feature, it is like have a pro by your side.
The Club Advice remembers how far you hit each club and makes a recommendation based on shot distance.
PinPointer lets you know which way to the pin even if you are in the woods or deep in a trap.
If you are a pro like me this never happens right.
This feature will keep your eyes laser sharp for those difficult shots. For easier viewing, Big Numbers Mode increases the font size of the front, back and center distances. And Wi-Fi lets you connect to the golf community within Garmin Connect and update courses automatically just like those 30 feet puts.
More Scorecard Options
No more pad and pencil because the Approach G8 doubles as a digital scorecard for your foursome with scoring options for Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play with adjustable handicaps.
This helps with the integrity of the game for that one friend who likes to adjust his score to his liking.
See Targets and Track Stats
The Colorful layup arcs at 100, 150, 200 and even 250 yards let you know exactly how far you need to hit when laying up. Touch Targeting lets you touch any point on the sunlight-readable display, and it shows the precise distance to that exact spot — fairway, hazard, landing area, or the front, middle and back of the green, just like a pro.
The Enhanced stats keeps track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. Check your stats during the round, or download and print them from your computer afterwards for in depth analysis. Just so you brag a little long.
Get on the Green
Zero in on the pin with Green View. Just tap the flag on the map to zoom in on the green
— then you can drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.
This is a very cool feature.
Garmin Connect Golf Community
Garmin Connect includes an online golf community that lets you play, then share and compare. Download your round and contrast it to your last round, track improvements to your handicap for every course you play. The Garmin Connect golf community can even assemble your ideal round, combining your best score for each hole to get your ideal 18 for that course.
So now, I have another fully functional toy – Oh, I am sorry, what I meant was rather a sophisticated, high tech GPS device intended to increase productivity…well call it whatever you like. Either way, I win.
Frequently asked questions
- Does it come with any preloaded courses? Yes, it comes with than 30,000 preloaded international courses.
- How often does it update? It updated automatic Wi-Fi® course updates; no fees or subscriptions.
- Is there an annual fee, if so, how much? No annual fee, just takes a minute or 2 for GPS to lock in and it gives you choice of course you are located, plus other nearby choices in general location area where you are. I have tried it at 12-15 courses and thus far it has recognized every one.
- Does the “Play LIke” feature take wind into consideration besides slope and elevation? No, it does not.
- Does the screen scratch easily? Like any other plastic cover it will scratch; however, the G8 is pretty sturdy but on the golf course with dirt or sand in your hands it could get scratched. I bought the film covers and I used them and so far so good.