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Garmin Approach S60 Watch Review (New & Loaded with Features)

Garmin S60 GPS Watch

Last Updated: Mar 4, 2019 @ 8:34 pm

Pre-loaded Courses: 40,000+
Display Area Size: 1.2″
Weight: 1.8-2.2 oz
Battery Life Time: 10 hours
Recharge Time: 2.5 hours
Waterproof: Yes
Tournament Legal: Yes

Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

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Garmin Approach S60 (New to 2017) Watch Review

Whoo whee! Where do you begin with the golf watch that literally has it all? Could you expect any less from Garmin?

While the price is outrageous for a golf watch, it definitely makes up for it with tons of features – and by tons, that’s an under-estimation!

How all these features are loaded into one hand-held gadget is beyond us. To give you just a taste, it has Daily Smart features, Activity Tracking, Heart Rate features, and Training, Planning, and Analysis features. It also has Golfing features and a ton of Outdoor Recreation features that includes for running, cycling, swimming, and even paddle boarding, skiing, and snowboarding!

Within the mumble jumble of features that goes far beyond your golf game, it does have top of the class modes to help you with your round on the course. You still have everything to measure the distance on the front, center, and back of the green. You have distances to layups and doglegs, custom targets, and Pin Pointer features.

You can track your scores, measure your swing, and time your round. The options are nearly endless, and we say nearly because this device only has a 10 hour battery life in GPS mode – not the best, but not too shabby either.

If you’re looking for your ultimate golfing caddie and outdoor tracking source, this Garmin Watch is it! Wow – we just said that, it’s all in a watch!

  • Sunlight-readable display
  • Full color touch screen
  • Compatible with QuickFit bands
  • 40,000+ courses worldwide
  • Feature-loaded
  • Price


Garmin Approach S60 Watch Q&A

Can the Garmin S60 Watch calculate for Slope?

You betcha! Simply put the watch in PlaysLike mode and you’ll have slope adjusted distances for those inclines and declines. Watch your handicap come down!


Does the Garmin Watch really have a Heart Rate Sensor?

This is sort of a misnomer because it does have a heart rate sensor if you get the compatible accessory. What you need is the heart rate strap that measures pulse. The straps on this S60 watch can be easily switched out if you wanted this feature.


How Waterproof is the S60 Golf Watch?

It’s waterproof up to 50 meters! Since Garmin intends this watch to be used for more than golf, it needs to be able to withstand the abuse it gets from other use such as water sports. If you are happy with a unit that is not waterproof you might find this a good post to visit.


How long will the Battery last when not in GPS Mode?

In GPS mode, you have 10 hours of battery life. When not in GPS mode, it can last up to 10 days of continuous use.


What are the QuickFit Bands?

When you want to change out the color and look of your watch, you don’t have to replace the whole thing. The S60 is compatible with QuickFit bands in various colors and materials. You can go with metal, leather, and silicone.


Is the S60 Golf Watch Compatible with a Smart Phone App?

Garmin has recently released their Garmin Golf app that’s free to download. It allows you to connect with other golfers, post and compare scores, and live chat with each other. Your scorecard will automatically upload when synced through Garmin Connect or Garmin Express.


Is this just a Golf Watch?

Garmin has designed this watch to be worn on and off the course. Off the course, there are a ton of features that makes it a true friend on the track, in spinning class, in the pool, or on the lake. You can even customize and download various watch skins for a personalized touch. You could even download a selfie!


Garmin Approach S60 GPS Golf WatchNoteworthy Features:

  • TruSwing Features
  • Provides multiple distances anywhere on the course
  • Compatible with Garmin Connect
  • 1G memory and history
  • Ultimate and versatile device


Our Verdict on Garmin’s S60

To ping up the strokes and to be completely honest, the Garmin S60 is probably way too feature-loaded to justify buying it for a round of golf. However, if you plan on using it as your ultimate sporting and tracking tool, it’s worth the buy.

If you don’t necessarily see yourself using it outside of the course, the Garmin Approach S20 is just as capable as the S60, but without all the extra fuss of non-golf related buzz. If you want even simpler than that, the Approach X10 watch is your best bet. It’s touchscreen and lightweight, you just miss out on the Swing features that can help turn you into Henrik Stenson over time – no one is that good to turn into him overnight!

If you’re willing to brave outside of Garmin, then you might want to see what Bushnell came out with in 2017. They’ve introduced the new Excel Golf Watch that’s sure to please. It’s cheaper than the Garmin, not as overwhelming in features, but still “smart” enough to have you feeling like a nerd.

In the end, Garmin really is in the lead of the GPS world. They really know how to do GPS best and how to blow things out of the water and the market!

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