SkyCaddie SX500 Golf GPS Review

The SkyCaddie SX500 GPS is the device you get if you want the full premium golfing GPS experience! It is a fantastic and useful golfing device that you really wouldn’t compare to anything else.

SkyCaddie SX500 GPS Device
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The device features a rugged, smartphone-like look that many users will definitely love. The rugged edges and the smartphone design make it easy to grasp and use. What is most exciting about this design is the fact that it is intended to enable it to handle a bit of rough treatment. The design is also water resistant.

The screen on the device is a 5-inch high definition touchscreen that provides a wonderful viewing experience. It is extremely easy to read any information displayed on this screen. Moreover, most golfers will especially be buzzing about the stunning flyover views of the green which essentially provide all the critical information that they need to plan how they will get to the target flag. The views show the exact shape of the green in color plus surrounding areas.

Thanks to the fact that the display is touchscreen, operating this golf GPS device is pretty easy. Basically, most golfers will find it very easy to use as it is designed to operate just like a smartphone. There are touch keys at the bottom that make it even easier to go to the main menu, to enter scores, or to move one page back.

SkyCaddie SX500 GPS Device Green View
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Users of the SX500 will love not only its design and display but also its large battery, which is one of the largest ones you will find in a handheld golfing GPS device. The large battery provides extra charge for you to play more.

The most amazing thing about the SX500 is the fact that it uses multiple satellite systems to provide more accurate readings and distances even in locations that other GPS devices would struggle to do so. The powerful sensor technologies in this device are backed by an equally powerful processor that can perform multiple operations simultaneously within a very short period of time. For example, one of the operations it can perform is to show the green and the target flag from your position even when you are not on the tee. Hence, with this device, you will always be able to view the hole from where you are.

As expected, you will be able to see all the critical distances to important points on the green including distances to the target flag, hazards, carries, and layups.

Additionally, this device is capable of accurately measuring all the shots you hit and suggesting the club you normally use for hitting certain distances.

SkyCaddie SX500 GPS Device Scorecard
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You can also use the SkyCaddie to quickly record your scores review your performance, and track your stats including fairways hit and total putts.

Lastly, the SkyCaddie SX500 is Wi-Fi enabled. You will not need to connect it to a computer to update the courses. Simply connect it to a Wi-Fi and it will automatically update itself whenever updates are available.

Pros

  • Has a stunning 5-inch HD screen for stunning flyover views of the green
  • Uses multiple satellite systems, a powerful processor, and ground verified maps to provide accurate information
  • Powered by what is arguably one of the largest batteries found in GPS handheld devices for extended playtime
  • Comes with a digital scorecard that can be quickly accessed and can also track stats such as fairways hit and total putts
  • Can reorient the entire golf course and show you everything from any position on the green

Cons

  • Requires an annual subscription (cheapest subscription will cost you $30, while the most expensive one will set you back $60).
  • Has no warranty despite its price

SkyCaddie SX500 GPS FAQs

How big is the screen?

The SX500 has what is arguably the largest screen in the golfing GPS industry: a 5-inch HD screen. According to the manufacturer, this screen offers the “most brilliant views in golf.”

What preloaded courses come on the SkyCaddie SX500 GPS?

The device is preloaded with over 35,000 worldwide golf course maps. Unlike the maps on other devices, these ones are ground verified, meaning that they are more accurate and that the distances shown on the SX500 are quite precise.

Are there any subscription fees?

Unfortunately, yes! Although the SX500 provides brilliant views and is quite accurate, one has to pay between 20 and 60 USD annually to access some of its features and to get course updates. Not many other GPS devices charge an annual subscription fee.

How accurate is the device?

The SX500 has sub-meter precision.

How much does it weigh?

It weighs 250 grams. This is slightly heavier than the iPhone X and the S9. So users of any of the two gadgets shouldn’t really feel a difference when using it.

What is the battery life?

This device has a large battery that can power all its features for 14 hours.

How long does it take to recharge?

Recharge time mainly depends on how it is being recharged. When you use the supplied wall charger, it will take less time than when using the computer USB port. The recharge time is approximately three hours.

Is it waterproof?

Yes, the SX500 has a water-resistant design.

Is it tournament legal?

Yes. All the features in this SkyCaddie device are in conformance with USGA regulations. Nevertheless, you should always consult with tournament organizers to be certain of the local rules before using the SX500.

Does the device have a phone app?

Yes, there is a SkyCaddie Golf App. But pretty much everything you will be able to do on the App you can do it on this device.

Key Features

  • 5-inch HD screen with a camera
  • Powerful processor and multiple sensors for enhanced accuracy
  • Over 35,000 multi-country and ground-verified golf course maps preloaded
  • Ruggedized and water-resistant

Our Verdict on the SkyCaddie SX500 GPS

The SkyCaddie SX500 is an unmatched GPS device in terms of design and precision. It has a brilliant HD screen that allows users to have a perfect flyover view of the hole they are playing.

SkyCaddie SX500 GPS Device
Source: skygolf.com

It can measure distances with military precision and provides distances to hazards. It is also extremely automated, doing most things on its own. It also comes with a digital scorecard, can track your stats, and allows performance analysis. Although the fact that it requires an annual subscription may put off some golfers, it is a powerful device with fairly premium features so the annual subscription is fairly warranted. In conclusion, this is the device is for those who want the full GPS golfing experience.

Brad Carey

Brad Carey

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