SkyCaddie GPS Golf Watch Review: Functionality & Style

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Preloaded Courses: 30,000
Dimensions: 2.75 x 2 x .6 inches, 1.6 ounces
Display Type: LCD/Black, Greyscale, 1.05 inch screen
Tournament Legal: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance Only
Waterproof: Yes – Submersible to 30 yards

Our Rating: 3.9 Stars

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SkyCaddie Golf GPS Watch Review

The SkyCaddie Golf Watch is lightweight, flexible, and sporty. But, past its physical attractiveness, it has a 1.05 inch display that not only provides the distances to the front, center, and back of the green, but it also has a digital score card, alarm, backlight, stop watch, odometer, and shot distance feature.

Its multi-use quality has resulted in a thumbs up for this golf GPS watch in plenty of SkyCaddie reviews.

The SkyCaddie GPS Watch is so easy to use with its straightforward interface. It’s simple navigation and intuitive form factor is what makes this watch a hit.

Combine its ease of use with its thorough course coverage, comfortable wristband, and stylish design, and you have a well above average rating online and that is backed up but a lot of reviewers having their say.

It’s a basic and entry level GPS rangefinder in watch form, so if that sounds exactly what you’re looking for, then this is it.

Update - 2016.10.12This SkyCaddie CGT Watch has been updated to the SkyCaddie SW2 Watch. With extended battery life, a slimmer design and built-in Bluetooth Smart Technology the SW2 is already receiving favorable reviews. Check it out here.
PROs:
  • Price
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Built-in score tracker
  • Backlight
  • Waterproof
CONs:
  • Reports of poor customer service
  • Free membership difficult to access

 

SkyCaddie Golf GPS Watch Q&A:

Is this watch fully waterproof?

Since this golf GPS device is a watch, it’s very possible that it could accidentally get left on while you take a shower or take a quick lap in the pool.

With these very possible scenarios becoming a reality, you’re more than right to be a little concerned about its water-tight abilities… or lack thereof? Scratch the lack and be ready to be amazed.

SkyCaddie claims the watch is fully waterproof and submersible to – da da da dah… 30 meters! That’s 30 yards; that’s 90 feet!

Although I’m not willing to dive 90 feet to retrieve the watch during a waterproof test, I’ll take this profound claim to mean that it’ll survive a shower – the convenient kind in the bathroom and the inconvenient kind with the grey clouds on the course.

Can this watch keep track of scores?

The SkyCaddie golf watch does have a score tracking feature which is nice to see. It can keep score for one whole round and then that info will be deleted when you start your next round.

It’s a smart move on SkyCaddie’s part since more GPS devices are implementing it in their design. You could learn a thing or two about how to improve your game, and the score tracker helps you do that.

You should note though, that when you’re in auto hole advance mode, you won’t get an on-screen prompt to enter in your score before it moves to the next tee. You’ll have to manually go back to the previous hole and then enter in your score.

What distances does the golf watch provide?

It provides fixed distances to the front, center, and back of the green. Since it only gives these fixed yardages, it has excellent accuracy and extremely thorough course coverage. However, there’s no distances to any near or far points on the green or any distances for hazard coverage.

It’s possible to see a detailed mapping of the green on SkyCaddie’s course database, but even though it’s available on your computer or from your smartphone, it still means you’re without it while on the green.

Are there any annual fees or membership fees with the SkyCaddie watch?

With this watch there seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether or not it’s actually free of any annual or membership fees. The watch and every other SkyCaddie GPS device requires registration every year so that software information can be updated and synced to the most current version available.

After registration, to be able to use the GPS watch you do have to purchase a compatible membership plan that ranges from approximately $19.95 to $39.95.

The Go Play Activation program is the membership option that has been used as a promotion for the watch in the past. It doesn’t require any annual fees as long as you register your GPS device every year, but sorry, Go Play Activation is no longer available for this watch. Go figure. For a full overview of all devices with and without fees simply head to this page.

 

Can the wristband be replaced?

No, the wristband can’t be replaced. This is a downer. It means that someday it will end up stuffed at the bottom of a drawer never to be used again if it can’t be utilized in its most practical form – as a watch.

Many reviewers have complained that the wristband often gets worn very quickly or breaks and needs repairs, but SkyCaddie doesn’t repair or replace them.

If you do happen to call their customer service about it, it’s reported that you’ll be directed to purchase one of their refurbished watches instead. Tsk Tsk SkyCaddie. It kind of leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • With membership you have access to 30,000 courses worldwide
  • Excellent course coverage
  • User-friendly interface
  • Auto Hole Advance, Auto Course Recognition, and Auto Distance Update
  • Shot Distance Measurement feature
  • Built-in score tracker
  • Yardages to front, center, and back of the green
  • Also includes backlight, clock, stopwatch, and pace of play timer
  • Includes additional features such as GPS odometer and calorie burner calculator

 

Our Verdict

To ping up the strokes, SkyCaddie has had a bad start in the golfing GPS market. However, their products seem to do fairly well once you get them up and running. Dealing with customer service and dodging upscaled membership plans might be a deterrent.

If you’d like to try your hand at an even better SkyCaddie watch, the LINX might be worth taking a peek at. While it’s not waterproof, it’s packed with extra features such as fitness functions, and it can even allow you to have up to 40 targets per hole – talk about extreme!

But, for a brand that already has an established reputation in the golfing world, the Garmin Approach S4 Watch is a tried and true device. It’s inexpensive, it’s touchscreen, and it has Smart Notifications.

If you’re willing to navigate the SkyCaddie brand, they could be just the kind of caddie you need on the course!

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