Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Watch Review

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Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Watch

The Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Watch is a must have for any golf enthusiast. Its lightweight design and preloaded assortment of maps make this watch a cinch to use when enjoying the afternoon on the greens of your choice. This device is a watch and GPS golf assistance. The watch is complete with an alarm, backlit screen, and instant time zone updates. The large print on the face makes this unit a must have for mature golfers. The Garmin Approach uses a high-sensitivity GPS transmitter to pinpoint your location and help you calculate the perfect shot. You will definitely be playing like a pro with this stylish and efficient GPS.

Product Features:

  • Over 14,000 preloaded US and Canadian golf courses
  • No subscription needed or updating cost
  • High sensitive GPS provides distance information to the front, back, and middle of the greens
  • Light weight stylish watch design
  • Automated time zone detection
  • Alarm feature
  • Real time distance updates
  • Ultra-thin back lit display
  • Eight hours of battery in GPS mode and three weeks of battery in watch mode
  • Shot measure function
  • Large easily viewable display
  • Pedometer to calculate your daily distance traveled


Easy to Use

The Gamin Approach is so simple a child could operate it. You will never have to worry about updating your device. If you can use a digital wrist watch than you can use the Approach. The internal GPS will use your location to select the courses nearest to you. Then just scroll down to the desired course. Simply select the “Start Round” and the unit does the rest. Every step you take is calculated with a pedometer and alters your shot distance. The watch does most of the work for you. If constantly provides the front distance, back distance, and middle distance to the hole at all times. The GPS uses satellites to triangulate your location. You can also use the Approach to calculate your driving distance. Simply hold down “measure my shot” and walk from your tee and collect your ball. The unit will calculate the distance from the tee to your current location. The large backlit display makes this device easy to read and operate. The days of squinting to read your watch and laser rangefinder during an early morning game are no more.


  • 3 distances constantly provided
  • Over 14,000 course maps installed
  • Light weight sleek design
  • Easy operation
  • Long lasting battery
  • Water proof
  • Backlit display to allow use in low to no light


  • No way to add new maps
  • No distance calculated for hazards

Cost of Device

The Garmin Approach S1 is sold on for approximately $219.00. It is priced in the higher end of the price range. It includes more features than most similar devices. Because the device does not require updates, it significantly increases the value. When you purchase this device you are not only buying a top of the line GPS rangefinder, you are also purchase a stylish easy to operate digital watch. The Approach has the ability to substitute two equally expensive devices.

Customer Reviews

The Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Watch received four and a half stars out of five for customer satisfaction. Customers were very pleased with how precise the shot calculations are. One customer compared their laser rangefinder and the Garmin Approach. The customer stated that the Garmin was significantly more accurate and has completely replaced the laser rangefinder for his future golf endeavors. Most customers claimed that the Garmin Approach was a breeze to operate.

The major complaints of Approach S1 owners were the battery lives. Several customers claimed that the battery would drain before the round of golf was completed. The users of the Garmin Approach S1 stated that they had to try and charge the device while on the green. The more they used the satellite features the quicker their battery died.


The majority of customers were very pleased with this device. If you are an avid golf and are looking to improve you game, this unit is for you. The internal GPS constantly calculates the distance between your current location and the hole. The device comes to your door complete with over 14,000 US and Canadian golf courses. There is no need to pay for an extra subscription of update charge. Much like the iPhone has reduced the need to carry multiple devices, the Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Watch has reduced the need for a golfer to have both a watch and rangefinder. The fact that the device is waterproof is icing on the cake. There will be no worrying about being caught in the rain leaving the course, or getting your watch wet while retrieving your ball from a water trap. This device is a safe purchase.

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