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Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch

Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch

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Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is packed with more than 28,000 worldwide courses. It displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens on a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen. It lets you manually position pins, get distances to doglegs and layups, customize yardage points, and print digital scorecards for Stroke play and Stableford.

Touch & Move the Pin
Green View shows you the true shape and layout of the green. Use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to the day’s location. This is especially helpful on par 3s where you’ll be able to dial in the distance you need and fire away with confidence.

Preloaded Courses & Free Updates
The S3 may be the size of a typical sports watch, but we've preloaded it with more than 28,000 courses from around the world — without extra fees or paid subscriptions. Plus, you'll be able to download free course updates whenever they become available.

Customize Distances
S3 gives you distances to the front, back and center of the green, as well as distances to doglegs. It also allows you to input and save customizable yardage points — such as water hazards or bunkers — from anywhere on the course.

Keep Score & See How Far
S3 has digital scorecard options for individual players. Scoring options include Stroke play and Stableford, and you can save, review and print scorecards from your computer. Plus, when you hit a big one you can see how far it went with the Measure Shot feature.

An Everyday Watch with Style
The S3 functions as an everyday watch, with an odometer to see how far you walk. A round timer also is included to keep track of how long it takes you to play 18 holes. It's available in 2 sharp color combinations — white with red trim and black with gray trim.

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Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (14)
  • Compact (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Fast (10)
  • Lots of features (10)

Cons

  • Short battery life (8)

Best Uses

  • Longer distances (12)
  • Shorter distances (9)
  • Weekend rounds (8)
  • Tournament play (5)
  • Wet weather (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Golf enthusiast (9), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Must have golf aid!!!

This thing is like having your own caddy! It gives you:
Front, middle & back yardages.
On green view you can move the flag to get accurate ranges.
You...Read complete review

This thing is like having your own caddy! It gives you:
Front, middle & back yardages.
On green view you can move the flag to get accurate ranges.
You can store locations of hazards, water, trees, bunkers and much more so next time you play the course they are marked for you.
You get automatic yardages to lay up to: 200/150/100
Keeps score
Has every courses I've played in/around DFW area on it bar 1 (That was because it had recently re-opened and had not been marked as yet)
It's fantastic!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

More like Gates than Jobs!

Once you get off base it was very difficult to get back in sequence. The charging cradle was like MicroSoft invented instead of Apple. I think in a couple of years this will be...Read complete review

Once you get off base it was very difficult to get back in sequence. The charging cradle was like MicroSoft invented instead of Apple. I think in a couple of years this will be the cats meow but now it's to quirky, not reliable and not refined. When it work correctly it was a jewel when it didn't it was worthless. I was on a Scottish golf trip where 7 out of 8 had this device and it was unanimous on what I've written. I will buy it again and give it another shot because it will get better.

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5.0

I would recommend this product

By biggame

from Dallas Tx

About Me Golf Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast
  • Long Range
  • Lots Of Features

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Longer Distances
    • Shorter Distances
    • Weekend Rounds
    • Wet Weather

    Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

    I truly enjoy using the garmin approach s3!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Very Handy tool

    By mrjackalope

    from Allen, TX

    About Me Golf Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast
    • Long Range
    • Lots Of Features

    Cons

    • Charging system has bug
    • Short Battery Life
    • System clear wipes out added locations - don't

    Best Uses

    • Longer Distances
    • Shorter Distances
    • Tournament Play

    Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

    Factory claims unit should charge with power off. Unit comes on when charge cable attached. Turn unit off with cable attached and unit will not charge.
    At times a message will display "Reset System?". If you respond yes all of your custom locations are cleared - gone forever. Very annoying!
    Unit is very handy over my hand carry G6 that I can keep up to 4 scores and see the bunkers but I cannot mark the yardages on the G6 as I can on the S3.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    I would recommend this product

    By Laverne

    from Washington, Pa

    About Me Golf Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Long Range

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Longer Distances
    • Shorter Distances
    • Tournament Play
    • Weekend Rounds

    Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

    I'm still learning the watch features. But I love this watch. If I forget it at home I'm lost without it. It takes guessing distances out of my rounds. My fellow golfers are always asking me for distances. I'm not the best golfer nor the worst but this has helped my overall game. The battery needs improvement on the length of charge.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Quality and accuracy problems

    By Beachcomber

    from Atlanta

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Long Range
    • Lots Of Features

    Cons

    • Inaccurate

    Best Uses

    • Longer Distances

    Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

    You have to swipe multiple times with finger across face to activate golf. Accuracy varies from other players devices. Strap henge came apart. Only worn when playing.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    average

    By KJ

    from texas

    About Me Golf Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Accurate

    Cons

    • Does Not Have Any Hazards
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Longer Distances

    Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

    needs to have hazards like the Golfbuddy WT3 unit

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Garmin S3 GPS Watch

    By Chris

    from Hamilton, Ontario

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Longer Distances
      • Shorter Distances

      Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

      This GPS is very simple to use. Once you turn it on it automatically finds the course you're on and allows for easy reading of yardage to hole and hazards. Suggestion: I would like to have more accuracy as far as measurement of actual hazards incorporated into the watch.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great Product

      By Steve

      from Myrtle Beach, SC

      About Me Tournament Golfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy To Use
      • Lots Of Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Longer Distances

        Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

        Great Product

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Garnin s3

        By George

        from West Chicago il

        About Me Golf Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Longer Distances
        • Shorter Distances
        • Tournament Play
        • Weekend Rounds
        • Wet Weather

        Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

        I retuned due to battery life

        • Handicap:
        • 15
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great product, poor charging device

        By pdmares11

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast
        • Lots Of Features

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Weekend Rounds

        Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

        The watch is easy to use. The battery life will get you through just less than two rounds so if you play two courses in a day, you likely won't make it through the second.

        The charger on the device is sub-par as you have to pay attention to ensure that the watch is locked into the charging cradle. A couple of times I thought the device was charging and it turned out otherwise.

        I do like wearing the watch instead of having to carry another device.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Easy to use

        By Deano

        from Phoenix

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Longer Distances
        • Shorter Distances
        • Weekend Rounds
        • Wet Weather

        Comments about Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch:

        Very easy and convent to use I have the garmin approach G6 handheld also but it usually doesn't even make it out of my bag . This watch makes it easy to find out how far out you are. My golf buddy always ask me distances instead of using their own gps . GreAt product .

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        • No

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