Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch Review

Since late last year when it was released, the Garmin Approach S60 has been considered by many keen golfers to be the ultimate brand-name golf GPS watch. This is because of the sole reason that the watch is so versatile and fun and easy to use.

Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch

Speaking of versatility, this watch can do everything you would expect from a golf GPS watch on the course. It can display the yardage to the front, the center, and the back of the green, it can automatically measure shots, it can digitally record scores, it can track your activities on the course, and it can give you yardages to successfully maneuver around hazards and dogleg holes. The enhanced stats you get from this device can really help you to improve your play and to become a more professional golfer.

There are two things about this watch that stand out. The first is the design of the watch. It has a got a masculine round face design with big metallic side buttons that give it a very manly and stylish look. This means you can comfortably use it both on and off the course.

Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch Green View

The second unique thing about it is the display. This watch can display over 40,000 different full-color golf course maps. This means you can easily and conveniently access your local golf course map to view every important element on it so as to strategize appropriately.

What is even more thrilling about the S60 golf watch, is the fact that it can actually be used for multiple other sports including rowing, paddle boarding, snowboarding, and skiing. You can easily switch the watch’s mode to any of these other sports and accurately record your stats and performance when doing the sport whose mode you have chosen. So if you are a man or woman who enjoys any of these other sports then you will most probably love this device even more.

The 1.2 inches colored, high-resolution display also deserves a special mention as it is big and very easy to read even under challenging conditions such as bright sunlight.

Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch Course

Did we mention that this device is also an activity tracker? Well, it is. It has the sensors to help you stay active both on and off the course.

The bands on this device are QuickFit bands that can easily be changed or alternated with another pair.

Finally, this device can be paired with a compatible smartphone to enable you to get smart notifications for incoming texts, calls, and mail.


  • Stunning, manly watch with a military round face design and a replaceable band
  • Smart GPS rangefinder that can tell the yardages you need to know on the golf course
  • Comes with the Garmin Golf app that allows you to review your scores, analyze your game, and join local leaderboards
  • Provides extremely accurate game tracking courtesy of extra sensors
  • Can alert you of incoming calls, texts, and emails
  • Has a high-resolution screen that can individually display over 40,000 full-color golf course maps
  • Can conveniently be controlled from the display (it has a touchscreen display)
  • Has built-in sports apps that allow you to use it for other activities


  • Most consider it to be expensive
  • Controls are a bit difficult to get used to
  • The battery is good but drains fast during full usage of GPS (provides only 10 hours of charge on this mode)

Garmin Approach S60 FAQs

How is the screen size?

The Garmin Approach S60 has a large colored 1.28-inch high-resolution display. It is perfect for viewing stats even under the direct sunlight.

What preloaded courses come on the device?

You will find over 40,000 different golf course maps loaded on the watch. All the course maps are colored and will provide you with an accurate representation of what to expect. Considering that there are over 40,000 golf courses in this gadget, it means that your local one is more likely than not to be included.

Are there any subscription fees?

Zero subscription fees since every feature is accessible for free.

How accurate is the watch?

This device is very accurate as it is made utilizing multiple sensors for the same purpose.

How much does it weigh?

The Garmin Approach S60 weighs 1.6 ounces (45.4 grams). This proves that it is as lightweight and as sleek as marketed by the manufacturer.

What is the battery life?

Unfortunately, the battery life on this gadget is nothing to write home about; the battery can last only up to ten hours on golf mode and only ten days on watch mode.  Unfortunately, these are the kind of times you can expect from average devices but not from versatile devices such as the S60.

How long does it take to recharge?

This GPS golf watch takes up to two hours to recharge.

Is it waterproof?

Yes, it is. It is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters. This means you can take a shower with it without damaging it. However, you should probably not do it to keep your watch safe.

Is it tournament legal?

The watch will be considered to be legal for tournament play as long as you do not use the slope feature.

Does the device have a phone app?

Yes, it comes with what is arguably one of the best golf apps available out there, the Garmin Golf app, which allows you to analyze your scores, join leaderboards and do a lot of stuff to become an even better golfer.

Standout Features

  • Stunning design
  • Color display screen
  • Water resistant to 50 meters

Final Word about the Garmin Approach 60

Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch

Here is the final word on the Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch.

Although the Garmin Approach S60 is a bit expensive.

It is a stunning rangefinder, fitness tracker.

Timepiece that will certainly be worth every penny you spend on it.

Brad Carey

Brad Carey

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