Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Golf GPS Review

Amongst the GPS golf devices we have reviewed, there is none as convenient as the Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS. It will not only show you the true shape of the green but also show you the exact distances to different points on it. Alternatively, it can read the distances to you in a male or female voice.

Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS Device

The GolfBuddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS – yes, it is quite a mouthful – looks like and is just about the same size as the first generation iPhone. For those who can’t relate or who don’t remember how the first generation iPhone looked like, here is an alternative description: it is slim, lightweight, and looks very premium. Its premium looks should, however, not fool you into thinking that it is delicate. This is because the device is ruggedized to withstand rough treatment. Part of the ruggedized design includes the rubber cover that protects it from hard falls. The device is also waterproof.

The GB3 VTX comes with a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The big size of this screen and the fact that it is a color display makes it easy to read the calculated course distances, the course information, the scores, and the settings on shown on it. Nevertheless, you should not be expecting the resolution to be as good as what you will find on modern phones as it is not. But the resolution is definitely okay for the price and purpose of this device.

Multiple innovative technologies are built into this device to provide golfers with reliable information for use on the course. For instance, the GB3 VTX has sensors that can track both GPS and GLONASS satellites guaranteeing better coverage and more precise distances than devices that only rely on GPS satellites.

Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS Device Distance

This device is also fitted with a powerful processor and a library of over 38,000 course maps to ensure that it can accurately calculate the yardages to critical points on the green and to the hazards. It can also calculate shot distances. This GPS gadget is also capable of automatically recognizing the course where you want to play at and the holes. When it automatically recognizes the hole you are playing, it displays the hole and the par numbers to enhance your golfing experience.

Ever wanted to have a flyover view of the hole you are playing? The Golf Buddy GB3 VTX can show you that too complete with the yardages. It will show the hole layout and your current position; information that you can definitely use to simplify your game and improve your scoring.

For every hole you play, you can record your score and the scores of utmost three other players into this device’s digital scorecard. So no need to carry around a golf scorebook.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this device is the fact that you can set it to read the distances to you. This is pretty interesting as it kind of turns it into your own personal caddie.

Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS Device Back Side

If you don’t like the voice feature you can simply deactivate it. After all, most of the important measurements are usually displayed in large numbers hence they can be quickly read.

Lastly, this device comes with a decent battery that can hold enough charge to last for up to 3 rounds of golf. So if you love playing for extended periods of time, with this device you will have enough charge to see you through. No more stopping midway because of low battery.


  • Stunning design with a first generation iPhone design
  • Ruggedized to survive falls and rain exposure
  • Uses multiple satellites and a powerful chip to provide more accurate distances
  • Has a digital scorecard that can record the scores of up to four players
  • Can be set to read out the numbers in either a male or a female voice


  • Although in color, the display cannot exactly be described as high-resolution

Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS FAQs

How big is the screen?

The GB3 VTX comes with a 2.7-inch color LCD screen. Although it is good enough for reading yardages, viewing the hole layout, and checking scores, it is not exactly a high-resolution screen.

What preloaded courses come on the Golf Buddy GB3 VTX?

This gadget is preloaded with over 40,000 courses worldwide. This means it can automatically identify and measure distances in all these many courses without the need for any downloads or updates.

The device is multilingual and can display information in seven more European and Asian languages in addition to English. So users in the US, in Europe and in countries as far as China can conveniently enjoy the golfing features of this device in a language they understand best.

Are there any subscription fees?

You do not need to pay any fees to enjoy all the features of this device as is the case with some other golfing GPS devices.

How accurate is the device?

The Golf Buddy GB3 VTX uses both GPS and GLONASS satellites to provide accurate distances. This means better coverage and accuracy for users. In other words, when using this you will be getting more accurate yardages to help you lower the number of strokes you use to get to target flags.

How much does it weigh?

It weighs 140 grams. This exactly the same weight as the first iPhone. Hopefully, the similarities between this device and the first generation iPhone mean that Golf Buddy will continue to improve its golfing devices in the same way Apple has continuously improved the iPhone.

What is the battery life?

The battery life is 15 hours; enough for three rounds of golf.

How long does it take to recharge?

It takes about 3 hours to recharge this device. This is about the same time it takes to charge an iPhone XS Max smartphone. So if you own the iPhone, this charging time won’t be unbearably slow for you.

Is it waterproof?

Yes, it is water resistant. This is part of its ruggedized design that will enable you to use this device for a very long time without running into any problems.

Is it tournament legal?

Yes, it is. This device does not have any feature that the USGA (United States Golf Association) considers illegal for use in tournaments. So you can use it recreationally, for practice, and during tournaments.

Does the device have a phone app?

Yes, the GB3 VTX comes with an app that is compatible with both iOS and Android operating systems. The App can be used to update the course library in the device. You can also use the App to perform post-round analyses and to see what you need to tweak to improve your score in the next round.

Key Features

  • Has a large 2.7-inch color display
  • Uses multiple GPS systems for more accurate yardage measurement
  • Has a voice feature that can read out the yardages in a male or female voice
  • Shows the hole layout for a better strategy

Our Verdict on the Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS

Golf Buddy GB3 VTX Talking Handheld GPS Device

This is one hell of an innovative device that can quickly calculate distances to different positions on the green and show them to you on a true layout of the green or read them out to you in a male or female voice. It can also additionally show you the distances in a large number display screen. It is very accurate and has enough battery life to last for a couple of rounds of golf. What we are saying is that it is a great golfing GPS device that you should get if you want more convenient ways to get those distances to critical points on the green.

Brad Carey

Brad Carey

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