Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch Review

Do you want to get a golf GPS watch that feels extremely comfortable on the wrist? Look no further than the Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch.

Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch
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The watch features a sleek design complemented by a stretchy but strong silicone band that feels great on the wrist. The band is so comfortable that you will barely notice it or feel its presence on your wrist.

This means that with it on your wrist, you will not be distracted from your game as is the case with other bulky/chunky golf GPS watches.

Just like similar devices, the Bushnell Neo Ion can also measure yardages. The difference between this device and the other ones is probably in the accuracy of measurements.

Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch Shot Distance
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The Bushnell Neo Ion Golf watch is made by Bushnell Outdoor Products, a company that specializes in making quality rangefinders. Like the other rangefinders made by this company, Bushnell Neo is fitted with the right technologies to provide accurate measurements.

You can use it to accurately measure yardages to key distances on the green and to hazards. This kind of information is extremely valuable especially when you are teeing off as you can use it to choose the right club and to apply the right amount of force to execute the perfect shot.

Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch Distance Measurement
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What will impress you even more about this watch is the fact that it has over 35,000 preloaded golf course maps from all over the globe.

This, coupled with the fact that it has the automatic course recognition function, means you will be able to easily and conveniently use it on almost every other golf course around the world.


  • A stylish and versatile device that can measure front, center, and back of the green yardages
  • Can be used to measure shot distances and as a pedometer
  • Can automatically recognize over 35,000 golf course maps
  • Auto-hole advancement with the option of manually changing the holes
  • Accurate to the yard as confirmed by course markers and readings from laser rangefinders
  • Has a wristband made of extremely comfortable and stretchy silicone that won’t distract you from your game
  • Can hold enough battery power for three rounds of golf
  • Has a time-telling functionality


  • Does not have a score-keeping function
  • Old school type of screen
  • May take most people a bit of time to get used to the controls

Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch FAQs

How large is the screen?

The screen size of this device is rather small. So you are better off getting another device if screen size is your main concern. However, the arrangement of data on the display makes everything very readable. In fact, the organization is so good that you can read yardages even under the midday sun.

What preloaded courses come on the device?

The Bushnell Neo Ion comes with over 35,000 pre-loaded courses. So if you are in the US, the UK, or any other country in the western world, it is almost a guarantee that you can use it on your local course. Thousands of courses in over thirty other countries are also preloaded on the device.

Are there any subscription fees?

There are no membership or subscription fees. The amount you pay for this GPS device is the only one you will pay to enjoy its full features.

How accurate is the Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS watch?

Based on comparisons with course markers and the readings from laser rangefinders, this golf GPS watch is usually quite accurate. Many professional golfers agree that it is accurate to the yard.

How much does it weigh?

Compared to other watches, this one is relatively light. Officially, the manufacturer says that it weighs 4.8 ounces.

How long does the battery last?

This watch has a relatively long battery life compared to similar golf watches. When fully charged, you can enjoy its functionalities for up to three full rounds of golf (about 12 hours on GPS mode). When just on regular mode, you can use it for much longer.

How long does it take to recharge?

The Bushnell Neo Ion takes approximately two hours to fully charge.

Is the watch waterproof?

Unfortunately, this watch is not waterproof, which is not really a bad thing considering that you most probably won’t be playing golf in the rain any time soon. However, although the golf watch is not waterproof, it is water resistant, which means it can handle accidental contact with water.

Is the Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS watch tournament legal?

According to the manufacturer of this product, it is perfectly legal for tournament play. This means that this rangefinder does not violate the USGA rule 14-3/.05. Therefore, you can use it in most major championships.

Does the device have a smartphone app?

Unfortunately, the Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch does not come with a phone app. Nevertheless, a later version of the watch (Ion 2) does come with a pretty decent App that you can download for free from the App Store or the Play Store.

Standout Features of the Device

  • Sleek and stylish
  • Comfortable silicone wristband
  • Long battery life

Our Recommendation

Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch
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This is quite a comprehensive golf GPS watch to have on the course. It can measure yardages, shot distances, and so on. It can also accurately tell time. The only thing it lacks is the scorekeeping function.

The standout feature of this device is its comfortable wristband. So if you want something that will sit comfortably on your wrist, give you accurate measurements, and won’t distract you from your game, then you should definitely get this golf watch.

Brad Carey

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