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Garmin Approach S1 Golf GPS Watch - Black

by Garmin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)


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  • Lightweight, full featured flexible sportswatch fitted for course playability with high sensitivity GPS receiver.
  • Contains more than 8000 European golf courses with free golf course updates.
  • Gives distance information to the front, back and middle of the greens.
  • Measure precise yardages for shots anywhere on the course and track how far you walk.
  • Bright, sunlight viewable screen with large numbering for at a glance visibility.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 6.6 cm ; 181 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 010-00932-10
  • ASIN: B004AP9YWQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Oct 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Approach S1
Approach S1 - Exact Yardage

Approach S1 is unlike any other golf GPS. Combining a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with a lightweight and full-featured flexible sport watch, S1 gives you distance information to the front, back and middle of the greens for almost 5,000 preloaded European golf courses. You can measure individual shot distances, track how far you walk on the course and then use the alarm to get you up in the morning ready for your tee time. Approach S1 is golf’s first full-featured sports watch and golf GPS in one.

Lock In Yardages And Measure Distances

With Approach S1, you'll know any course like your home track, with yardages to the front, back and middle of the green. The bright, sunlight-viewable screen features large numbering for at-a-glance visibility. S1 also measures precise distances for shots played from anywhere on the course. And for those who like to walk, there’s the S1 odometer to tell you how far you have travelled – on the course and off.

Approach S1
Approach S1 - Nearby Courses

High sensitivity, supreme accuracy

Approach S1 contains Garmin’s trademark high-sensitivity GPS receiver found in its range of flagship GPS sport and outdoor navigators. When you’re ready to play, press “start round” and the S1 locates satellites to determine your precise position, listing your nearest ten golf courses so you can select your destination. The watch swiftly locks onto a satellite signal and maintains hold even under heavy cover and near tall buildings, to accurately track your journey to the golf course and follow your position on every hole.

Approach S1
Approach S1 - On the Green

No Downloads, No Subscriptions

Unlike many golf GPS devices on the market, S1 comes preloaded with almost 5,000 European courses – and we’re adding more all the time. There’s no need for subscriptions, downloads or additional set up – S1 is ready to tee off out of the box with unlimited space to add new tracks for free, as and when they’re available. When you’re ready for your round, simply select the 'golf’ mode and you’re all set to tee off.

S1's cool look belies its tough, rugged, waterproof design. Fitted for course playability, weighing just 52 grams and with an ultra-thin backlit display, S1 also functions as a high-performance everyday watch. There's an alarm, it runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (battery life 3 weeks in watch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode) and it sets the time and time zone automatically, so you're ready to go wherever you're teeing off across Europe. 

Sleek Everyday Watch

S1’s cool look belies its tough, rugged, waterproof design. Fitted for course playability, weighing just 52 grams and with an ultra-thin backlit display, S1 also functions as a high-performance everyday watch. There’s an alarm, it runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (battery life 3 weeks in watch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode) and it sets the time and time zone automatically, so you're ready to go wherever you're teeing off across Europe.

Your Perfect Round Accessory

Approach S1 has a range of compatible accessories including a replacement charging/data clip – ideal when travelling or for sharing the golf watch between users, and a handy in-car 12-volt power cable, for charging up the watch on your way to the course ready for your round.

Box Contains

  • Approach S1 golf GPS
  • Charging/data clip
  • AC charging adaptor
  • Owner's manual


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    230 of 232 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Foolproof 'distance to green' 17 April 2011
    Colour Name:Black
    This Garmin could not be easier to use.
    Switch it on when you arrive at the golf club (it takes less than a minute to find satellites),
    it prompts you with the course name (your club may have multiple courses),
    click select on the course,
    walk onto the tee (front or back 9; doesn't matter; it figures it out),
    off you go,
    while standing at my ball, a quick glance at my wrist helps my shot/club selection (its as easy as checking the time)
    Unlike my shotsaver, I can read it without glasses.
    as you walk from a green to the next tee it switches automatically to the appropriate hole.
    Unlike my shotsaver, I don't have to explicitly 'finish hole' and confirm the next hole.
    I can forget about it for a few holes and not have get out my glasses and 'finish' multiple holes to get to where I am.
    Its strictly 'distance to green (front, middle, back)'; nothing about bunkers and other hazards.
    Very accurate, to the yard. I already trust it more than my course's 150yd and 100yd markers.
    It measures around dog legs (not as the crow, and occasionally the ball, flies).
    Oh, you do have to 'end round' as you finish your round, or the battery will discharge too quickly (I didn't try leaving it on).
    'Measure shot' worked as expected. 'Odometer' worked fine too.
    Highly recommended.
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    114 of 118 people found the following review helpful
    Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
    Incredibly impressed with this device.
    I have a golf gps on my phone which is very good, but this takes the idea to a new level.
    The whole point is that the information is so close by, I look at it before every shot because it's so much easier than getting the phone out of my bag to check yardages, the simplicity of use means you actually use it.
    What has surprised me is how much it has helped with the shorter approach shots, before I would rarely think about actual distance, now I check everything over 50 or so yards. This has saved me shots, as I find it much easier to judge the weight of shot when I know the precise distance. Before looking at the watch I will guess what I think it will say, and I am surprised how easy it is to be 10 or 20 yards out. I am find my guesses are getting closer each round, which suggests my judgement is improving as a result.
    You do need to charge the watch after each round as the battery life with GPS running is 8 hours, but I don't find this a hardship. I have a USB adapter in the car, so if necessary I can just leave the watch on charge there. Otherwise it lives next to my PC connected via USB so it is always ready to go.
    I haven't yet had a need to update the courses as the ones I play have all been there and accurately represented, including what has to be one of the more obscure 9 hole seaside courses in the country, and perhaps more surprisingly the 9 hole par 3 that's attached to my own club.
    I would highly recommend this to anyone who is seriously looking to improve their golf.
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    35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great device that works perfectly 5 Mar 2011
    By MiikeS
    Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
    Bought one of these recently and have used it a few times on my local course. The watch has a very clear display both in the timekeeping and golf modes. It was extremely easy to set up and is very easy to use. Instructions are clear any the selection buttons are very positive to use. In fact I first switched it on to check the odometer function at home and then tried the course selection mode and it very quickly offered me all of the courses that I know of within about a 20 mile radius! It would be a better product if the strap was not an integral part of the watch as it would be a pity if the strap broke so that the device could no longer be worn. Although it comes pre-loaded with around 5400 European courses it does not appear possible to add additional individual maps although it may be possible to change the loaded European maps to the US ones - however, I do not intent to try! Bottom line is if you want a good golf gps that supplies simple an clear information that is literally always to hand then get one of these! It is also a good functioning watch, alarm and odometer.
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    83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars a useful addition 30 Aug 2011
    By donni
    Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
    If you are buying this product, either for yourself, or as a gift, you MUST make sure that the course you want to play is featured on Garmin's database, or you are going to be very disappointed.One 5 star reviewer has suggested that if your course is not available, all you have to do is tell Garmin and it will be downloaded. That may be true, but you may have to wait several months. Garmin will not tell you what courses will be in the next update. If you live in Scotland, you won't find Blairgowrie,Castle Stuart, Aboyne, Banchory,Boat of Garten,Luffness, Archerfield, Renaissance, for example on the current list. Garmin concede that this device is "still relatively new,and as such still being developed, along with the course list. Whilst we will aim to add as many courses as quickly as possible, it is not possible for every course to be added in one go, as there is a lot of work in creating the course information, taking the measurements and applying it to the device."Hmmm
    I have found the charging clip-on connecter to be a bit fiddly too, and you must wait to see the battery symbol light up to ensure that it is charging.
    Having said all the above, I still think it is a great gadget and would recommend it.
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