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Garmin Approach G3 GPS Golf Handheld

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  • Rugged, waterproof golf GPS packed with 5,000 preloaded golf course maps for Europe
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver measures individual shot distances and shows exact yardage to fairways, hazards and greens
  • Sunlight readable, 2.6 inch touchscreen display with touch targeting capability for improving your course management
  • No subscriptions or additional set-up required plus free downloadable 'On the Green' course updates
  • Small and lightweight, ideal for golfers who prefer to walk the course

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 6.6 cm ; 32 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
  • Item model number: 010-00781-30
  • ASIN: B003VS2NSA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS Unit

Featuring 5,000 preloaded European course maps, unlimited course capacity and enough battery life for three rounds of golf, the lightweight Approach G3 handheld GPS navigator is the ideal companion for golfers looking to give their game a boost of confidence.

Approach G3
Approach G3 Golf GPS

Eliminate the Guesswork   

Approach G3's touchscreen interface helps you decide the best tactic to get that perfect shot and improve your score by showing the precise distance to the green or other key course features.

Approach's highly-sensitive GPS receiver pinpoints where you are on the course and automatically updates your position as you move, so you'll always know the yardage to the pin.

Improve your course management with Touch Targeting; Touch any point on the display and Approach G3 shows the precise distance to that exact spot and the subsequent distance to the pin. Knowing your yardage is essential to feel confident laying up or carrying hazards.

To check the pin position, simply touch the top corner of the screen and reposition the flag to correspond with the day's placement. In 'Green View' you can also see the accurate shape of the green and the yardages of any green-side hazards.

 Approach G3 displays tree lines so you can work out how far it is to carry a dog leg or a tree obstructing your line to the pin. After launching a drive you can measure its distance using the 'Measure Shot' feature for bragging rights back in the bar.

Approach G3
Touch-targeting

Pocket-sized Golfing Partner

Approach G3 features a 2.6-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen colour display which offers two simple options once powered: Play and Preview. The waterproof and compact unit can be easily used with just one hand and comes with a caribiner clip, which fixes onto your towel loop.

Approach G3 also doubles as a digital scorecard for up to four players and stores your played rounds. You can review all your previous cards at the 19th hole by connecting the Approach to your PC or Mac.

Approach G3 is compliant with USGA and R&A rules.

Caribiner Clip
Caribiner Clip

No Subscriptions or Set-up Fees: Free updates

Approach G3 comes packed with 5,000 preloaded European course maps with precise vector detail - and more are being added all the time. You can check out and download the latest course updates at garmin.co.uk/approach absolutely free. Approach G3 also enables you to preview any of its preloaded courses to ensure you are never ill-equipped to meet the challenges of an unfamiliar track.

Approach G3 comes complete with a caribiner clip, USB cable and owner's manual - all supplied in a presentation box. Simply pop two AA batteries into the unit and you're ready to tee off (Approach also works with rechargeable AA batteries). If you prefer to attach Approach G3 to your golf cart, a bespoke golf cart mount is also available for purchase.

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Garmin Approach G6 GPS Golf Handheld
Screen size (diagonal) 1" 1" 1" 2.6" 2.6"
Battery Life 3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode) 3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode) 4 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode) Up to 15 hours Up to 15 hours
Touchscreen
Display resolution 64 x 32 64 x 32 128 x 128 240 x 160 240 x 160
Preloaded Golf Courses Europe, Middle and East Africa (9,000+) International (38,000+) International (38,000+) Europe, Middle and East Africa (9,000+) International (38,000+)
Distance to Front/Middle/Back of the Green
Distance to Layups and Doglegs yes
Visualisation of Layup Arcs
Touch targeting
Shot measurement
GreenView with pin move
Automatic hole transitioning yes
Digital scorecard (upload to Garmin Connect for golf) yes (scoring options include Stroke Play for a single player) yes (scoring options include Stroke Play for a single player) ✔ (keep score for up to four players) ✔ (keep score for up to four players)
Score calculation (Stroke Play, Stableford and Match Play) ✔, Stroke Play ✔, Stroke Play ✔, Stroke Play ✔, Stroke Play, Stableford and Match Play.
Handicap scoring
Stat tracking
Connection to Garmin Connect for golf

Manufacturer's Description

Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS Unit

Featuring 5,000 preloaded European course maps, unlimited course capacity and enough battery life for three rounds of golf, the lightweight Approach G3 handheld GPS navigator is the ideal companion for golfers looking to give their game a boost of confidence.

Approach G3
Approach G3 Golf GPS

Eliminate the Guesswork   

Approach G3's touchscreen interface helps you decide the best tactic to get that perfect shot and improve your score by showing the precise distance to the green or other key course features.

Approach's highly-sensitive GPS receiver pinpoints where you are on the course and automatically updates your position as you move, so you'll always know the yardage to the pin.

Improve your course management with Touch Targeting; Touch any point on the display and Approach G3 shows the precise distance to that exact spot and the subsequent distance to the pin. Knowing your yardage is essential to feel confident laying up or carrying hazards.

To check the pin position, simply touch the top corner of the screen and reposition the flag to correspond with the day's placement. In 'Green View' you can also see the accurate shape of the green and the yardages of any green-side hazards.

 Approach G3 displays tree lines so you can work out how far it is to carry a dog leg or a tree obstructing your line to the pin. After launching a drive you can measure its distance using the 'Measure Shot' feature for bragging rights back in the bar.

Approach G3
Touch-targeting

Pocket-sized Golfing Partner

Approach G3 features a 2.6-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen colour display which offers two simple options once powered: Play and Preview. The waterproof and compact unit can be easily used with just one hand and comes with a caribiner clip, which fixes onto your towel loop.

Approach G3 also doubles as a digital scorecard for up to four players and stores your played rounds. You can review all your previous cards at the 19th hole by connecting the Approach to your PC or Mac.

Approach G3 is compliant with USGA and R&A rules.

Caribiner Clip
Caribiner Clip

No Subscriptions or Set-up Fees: Free updates

Approach G3 comes packed with 5,000 preloaded European course maps with precise vector detail - and more are being added all the time. You can check out and download the latest course updates at garmin.co.uk/approach absolutely free. Approach G3 also enables you to preview any of its preloaded courses to ensure you are never ill-equipped to meet the challenges of an unfamiliar track.

Approach G3 comes complete with a caribiner clip, USB cable and owner's manual - all supplied in a presentation box. Simply pop two AA batteries into the unit and you're ready to tee off (Approach also works with rechargeable AA batteries). If you prefer to attach Approach G3 to your golf cart, a bespoke golf cart mount is also available for purchase.

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Screen size (diagonal) 1" 1" 1" 2.6" 2.6"
Battery Life 3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode) 3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode) 4 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode) Up to 15 hours Up to 15 hours
Touchscreen
Display resolution 64 x 32 64 x 32 128 x 128 240 x 160 240 x 160
Preloaded Golf Courses Europe, Middle and East Africa (9,000+) International (38,000+) International (38,000+) Europe, Middle and East Africa (9,000+) International (38,000+)
Distance to Front/Middle/Back of the Green
Distance to Layups and Doglegs yes
Visualisation of Layup Arcs
Touch targeting
Shot measurement
GreenView with pin move
Automatic hole transitioning yes
Digital scorecard (upload to Garmin Connect for golf) yes (scoring options include Stroke Play for a single player) yes (scoring options include Stroke Play for a single player) ✔ (keep score for up to four players) ✔ (keep score for up to four players)
Score calculation (Stroke Play, Stableford and Match Play) ✔, Stroke Play ✔, Stroke Play ✔, Stroke Play ✔, Stroke Play, Stableford and Match Play.
Handicap scoring
Stat tracking
Connection to Garmin Connect for golf

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

244 of 248 people found the following review helpful By Finbar O'donovan on 5 Jan 2011
Have just been given one of these for Christmas.I had a basic golf GPS previously but the extra features of this more than justify the extra cost.Firstly,I no longer have to pay to download courses and there is no annual fee.The European data base is amazing .The Garmin even has the details of a local 9 hole par 3 course in it.I have only used it at my own course at the moment but am impressed by the level of detail.One small bunker ,on a short par 3, is missing but ,otherwise ,all the major course features are shown.I love the ability to zoom in ,on the full colour screen ,to measure the exact distance to a feature or to measure a "lay up " shot.I can also move the pin position on the green but,too be honest ,my game isn't accurate enough to bother.The ability to preview holes on any golf course is another bonus.I have played on or two featureless courses where it was difficult to decide exactly where the green was even though my other GPS told me how far away it was.With the Garmin you get a bird's eye view of every hole.No hazard should ever be a "hidden one" again!It is a pity the unit is not rechargeable and uses two AA batteries.The purchase of a rechargeable batteries is pretty essential.Four batteries and a charger cost me an extra £20 .Despite this, I am very pleased with the Gramin and look forward to using it in future.
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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Heath on 19 July 2011
I've had the Garmin Approach G3 for three weeks now and I've never looked back. It takes about 1 minute to establish a gps signal when I get at my course so I switch it on before a get the clubs out of the car etc...It will ask you to select a course then give you a list of the nearest courses to you.
You can measure you drive distance, (which is good for a laugh) or see how far it is to each hazzard before you play a shot, but the best about this little gem is when you get to your ball having teed off, you look down at the Garmin Approach G3 and it's telling you the exact distance to the centre of the green, there's is a function on it to zoom into the green and then you can click and drag the flag to where ever it is on the actual green. Fantastic. It's quite amusing to listen to your mates trying to guess to distance they have left.
I would recommend that you go to a big open space (school field) with the Garmin Approach G3 and take a note of the distance's you hit with each club as this will be benifical when your using it on the course.
The batteries lasted about 3x 18 hole rounds so i'll probably invest in some rechargable one's. The Garmin Approach G3 has knocked 4-5 shots off my average round and it does exactly what I bought it for.
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154 of 161 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Stone on 12 Jan 2012
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Having made the purchase of a Garmin G3 Approach a few weeks ago, I am now slightly regretting having sold my previous GolfPlus GPS. I decided to change to the Garmin because it doesn't charge an annual subscription or one-off fees for each course you might want to play. The Garmin is excellent for those with good eyesight, though, and costs very little to run. I get three rounds easily from one set of rechargeable AA batteries, and because you can always carry a few spare charged batteries in your bag, there is no need to take the GPS indoors to recharge - and that really is a convenience if (like me) you sometimes forget to bring things with you to the golf course.

There are other features which I don't use - you can keep scores for yourself and the rest of a fourball, download your own scores to an Excel file and look at how you have done over time, measure your drives and pitches, and preview other courses. There is also a small (very small!) colour picture of the hole you are playing with its various features marked and yardages given. The yards to the pin are given on the top right and are always just about readable, but the other numbers are too blurred and tiny for me to read at all. You can move the flag about on the green, and take measurements even from wayward shot positions.

The database holds about 6000 European courses and your own will almost certainly be on there, but Garmin won't respond to individual requests to re-map a course and there are no facilities to re-map a course yourself. If your own course is mapped incorrectly (as mine is) then you'll just have to wait until it is perhaps remapped sometime in the future.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lilabet on 24 April 2012
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An excellent easy to use product with every golf course we could think of included. The accompanying strap and clip is good for attaching it to the golf trolley. Use with rechargeable batteries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Crouch on 22 Oct 2014
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Let me start by saying wow what a cool gps unit this is, since I brought it, my approach shot is so much more near the pin people have remarked on how my short game has improved and thats just what I brought it for I know how long my 56,52 and pitching wedge go so just a glance and pick the club, plus it helps me with my course management. I used to hit a five iron of the tee, short par 4 298 yards,at the course that I am a member of and had too hit it well to get a good second shot with a low iron on to the green, the thing is the pressure to hit the five iron good was my down fall before I got this gps, after turning it on and taking a look at the first hole I moved the pointer to distance of my 7 iron easier to hit and the one I practice with the most, and found by the unit that I could hit my nine iron on to the green, no pressure I thought, and I've par the hole more times than I can remember its like having a caddy with you taking the pressure of every shot

Anyway can't give this enough praise, oh and use good rechargeable batteries my 1700amh last me a couple of rounds easy hope this helps
cheers Trev
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