Bushnell Medalist Rangefinder (Entry-Level Device) – RETIRED

bushnell-medalistYard Range: 5-1000/5-350 to flag
Magnification: 4X20 mm objective diameter
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 1.7 x 4.58 x 3.8 inches, 9 oz
Tournament Legal: Yes
Waterproof: No. Rain-resistant
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance only

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Bushnell Medalist Rangefinder Review

The Bushnell Medalist has everything practical for the casual golfer that includes PinSeeker Technology, 4X magnification, multi-coated optics, and a very wide field of view.

It can also range out as far as 1000 yards and 350 to the flag while being accurate to 1 yard. As a tournament legal device, you’ll have everything you need on the big day.

The Bushnell Medalist rangefinder, although basic and entry level, features Bushnell’s PinSeeking technology and 1000 yards to range. Its budget-friendly feature and Bushnell stamp of approval has plenty of reviewers crowing over it and giving it a fantastic rating.

A decent percentage of those reviewers gave it full marks for its performance. As a rangefinder that gets it done, the crowd has spoken!

Update - 2017.06.20The Bushnell Medalist appears to have retired from the game! You might want to consider one of Bushnell’s other laser rangefinders or for a comparable entry level device the TecTecTec VPRO line represents excellent value. If these are not what you are after you can see the full range here.
  • Price
  • Tournament legal
  • 1,000 yard range
  • PinSeeker
  • Multi-coated lens
  • Reports of inconsistent readings


Bushnell Medalist Rangefinder Q&A:

What is the key feature of the Medalist rangefinder?

The Medalist is designed to be the entry level rangefinder that’s affordable and does exactly what you need it to do – measure the distance to the flag.

To achieve this, it’s equipped with Bushnell’s zeroing-in PinSeeker Mode that makes sure you get the distance to the hole and not the distractions behind it.

Is it golf-friendly, as in, is it unobtrusive enough to be conveniently carried around the course?

The basic rangefinder measures in at 1.7 x 4.58 x 3.8 inches and weighs about nine ounces. It’s not the most compact or most light-weight range finder out there, or in the Bushnell family, but it’s small enough to have while playing the course.

It does come with a carry case that you can attach to your golf bag too if you didn’t want it on your person. It features the binocular style, horizontal design that you can use with two hands if you prefer.

Is a 9-volt battery normal for a rangefinder, and is it used on the Medalist?

It depends on the type and the brand. Most conventional laser rangefinders these days typically use the CR2 lithium ion batteries, but there are some out there that use 9-volt batteries like from the Laser Link Golf line.

Although it may seem outdated to use 9-volts, they’re super cheap and they’re still more common than the lithium kind.

Why does the laser rangefinder have only 4X magnification?

This is a very entry level rangefinder and the 4X magnification fits right into that basic category. It’s pretty disappointing since most other entry level units have at least 6X magnification, and the Medalist is priced pretty high for such low level optic specs.

On the other hand, some people like the lower magnification. Why? Well since you’re not zoomed in so far, you need less of a steady hand than what you need at a higher magnification.

How well is the rangefinder made?

It’s made with rubber gripping for ease of comfort and to increase durability. The complaint that’s often echoed by several reviewers is the fact that the battery compartment cover has a poor fit. It tends to come off if you’re anything less than very, very careful.


Noteworthy Features:

  • PinSeeker Technology for closest target acquisition
  • Accurate to -/+1 yard
  • Multi-coated lens for enhanced brightness and contrast
  • Built-in Accessory Mount
  • 2 Year Bushnell Warranty

Our Verdict

To ping up the strokes, the Bushnell Medalist is the perfect rangefinder for a beginner or youth golfer. It’s entry-level, 4X magnification, and easy to use. When you know how to wield it right, you’ll get perfect readings every time.

Another basic Bushnell golf sibling is the new Tour V4 with some nice feature touches. It’s in and around the same budget range, so you’ll appreciate the cost-effectiveness and value of this unit.

The latest TecTecTec VPRO DLX is even cheaper, but it’s been created with better optics and higher quality material than ever seen on a TecTecTec rangefinder. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking to save some pennies.

But, we can’t deny that the Medalist is definitely worth owning. It’s a reliable rangefinder that’ll have you jumping for joy when you make that par!

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