Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Watch Review

The Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport is the gold standard of fitness watches. In other words, it is the most versatile and complete fitness watch you will find on the market.

Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Watch

Before we get to its functions, let’s take a moment to appreciate its design. The Fenix 5 has such a tactical/ rugged design that makes it perfectly suited not only for fitness activities but also for casual and formal occasions. The masculine design will also get most people asking questions about it making it a great conversation starter.

In terms of versatility, the Fenix 5 is just a beast. It packs so many features and functionality between its sleek stainless steel case and its scratch-proof sapphire glass. The watch’s most outstanding feature is its precise heart rate monitoring technology that monitors your heart rate without the need for a chest strap. The watch uses the heart rate monitoring data to show the intensity of any activity you are participating in and the number of calories you are burning.

The watch can also tell the cumulative number of steps you have taken, the distance you have covered and so on.  These fitness statistics plus the ones covered in the previous paragraph can help you to stay fit and improve your performance in various sports including golf.

Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Watch Performance Measurement

What you will love even more about this watch is the fact that it is fitted with multiple sensors that significantly increase its capabilities. The Fenix 5 has a GPS sensor (perfect for golfing), a compass, a barometer, and an altimeter. All these sensors work together to provide important stats and predictive information to help you perform better in many different sports. You simply need to choose a specific sports mode from the several available to get the information you can use. The modes include golfing, swimming, paddle sports, skiing, and rowing.

In golf mode, the watch can automatically detect your local golf course, give you yardages to the front, the back and the center of the green, automatically measure your shots, and record all your scores.

The watch’s complementary app will allow you to analyze your scores, share them with friends, and to note and improve aspects of your game that may be wanting.

Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Watch Back Side

This device is a complete digital watch. It can provide you with all the digital alerts you need to remain connected while on the course, in the gym, or anywhere else.

Last but not least, the Fenix 5 is easily customizable. You can buy QuickFit bands from the company and interchange them with the black band on the watch whenever you want without requiring any tool.

There is nothing not to love about this fitness watch.


  • Striking watch with a masculine/ tactical watch design
  • Fitted with a powerful chipset and sensors that guarantee optimal performance
  • Provides important stats that can be used to improve sports performance
  • Can accurately monitor the heart rate to provide better information about your fitness activities
  • Has five sports modes including golfing and rowing
  • Provides sport-specific data for golf in golf mode including yardages and auto-shot measurement
  • Has functions that make it the perfect device for adventure
  • Made of a stretchy and comfortable silicone band, a rugged stainless steel case, and a scratch-resistant Sapphire glass
  • Perfect for golfers, runners, gym-goers, and adventurers
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Water resistant down to 100 meters
  • Extensive battery life (up to 24 hours in GPS mode and 2 weeks in smartwatch mode)


  • Pricey
  • Models can be confusing and some have limited apps compared to others
  • There have been cases of the barometer being unstable

Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport FAQs

How large is the screen?

This masculine watch features a pretty big 1.2” diameter size screen and a full-color display resolution of 240 by 240 pixels. The size of the screen and the high-resolution display plus the additional LED backlighting ensure good readability of settings and measurements in all light conditions.

What preloaded courses come on the device?

There are thousands of courses in the device although the company has not stated the exact number. In the unlikely circumstance that you cannot find your local course in the device, you can download it via the App or via GPS.

Are there any subscription fees?

Accessing your Garmin golf account and downloading new courses or course updates will not cost you an extra cent. You also don’t need to pay even an extra cent to use any feature on your Garmin sports watch.

How accurate is the watch?

Many watches are marketed as accurate. However, we can bet right here and now that they are not as accurate as the Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport unit. This is because this watch is fitted with advanced GPS and GLONASS sensors that enable accurate calculation and estimation of distances. The fact that this watch is very precise does not come as a surprise considering the fact that Garmin is a leader in the manufacture of GPS technologies.

How much does it weigh?

This watch is a bit chunky at 85 grams. Not exactly lightweight but it doesn’t distract you either.

What is the watch’s battery life?

The battery life of this watch is pretty long. In GPS mode, the battery can last for up to 24 hours. This is equivalent to more than five rounds of golf. When just in normal mode, the battery can last for about 14 days.

Is it waterproof?

It is very waterproof. If you want to swim, to run in the rain, to golf in a light drizzle, to ski, or even to dive with your watch on, you can do so with a peace of mind. This is because the water rating of 10 ATM on this watch means it can survive water down to a depth of 100 meters.

Is it tournament legal?

If you want to participate in a major tournament, you should probably not use this device. This is because it can measure the elevation, air pressure, and stuff like that so it probably violates the USGA Rule 14-3. So if you are a golfer, you are better off using it only in training to familiarize yourself with a course or tweak your golf shots and improve your game. Some smaller championships may allow the use of this watch.     

Does the watch have a phone app?  

Yes, it does. Through the app, you can analyze your game, compare your performance with others, and download new/ updated course maps.

Key Features of this Watch

  • Stunning masculine design
  • Versatility
  • Multiple sports modes (including golf)
  • Long GPS mode battery life

Final Word on the Garmin Fenix 5

Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Watch

This is definitely an excellent timepiece, rangefinder, activity tracker, compass, barometer, and many more things. All these exclusive features can make your golfing or any other sporting activity to be more fun and enjoyable. Although a bit pricey, it is easy to see from the features that it is worth every dollar. Both amateur and professional golfers can use it for training and for minor tournaments. Athletes and regular Joes and Janes will also find it useful.

Brad Carey

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