Best Golf Watches For Ladies 2023

Check out our guide on the best GPS watches that will appeal to ladies

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­­Wearable technology has evolved considerably over recent years and GPS golf watches now offer an impressive amount of detailed information that could previously only be found on handheld devices. 

Simplicity is the biggest plus point of a GPS watch, as you can quickly glance at your wrist when you reach the ball, rather than faff around with a rangefinder or GPS device.

When deciding on which GPS watch to buy there are a number of factors that need considering. Firstly, you need to consider the number of features that you are likely to use. Modern day GPS watches have the ability to tell you basic yardages to the green, distances to hazards and carry, there’s shot tracking and analysis, green mapping and much more.

Generally, ladies need to forsake looks if they want an exceptional in-built caddie on their wrist, as the majority of GPS watches are fairly chunky and masculine looking. However, brands have improved overall styling and comfort to make the options appealing to both male and female players. For ladies that also lead an active lifestyle away from the golf course, many leading brands have introduced watches that include fitness tracking features.

In this piece, we explain which products are our favourites. However, if a watch isn't your thing, we also recommend checking out our guides on the best golf laser rangefinders (opens in new tab), best golf launch monitors (opens in new tab), and the best smart phone for golfers (opens in new tab) should you be looking to expand your arsenal of golf gadgets.

Best GPS Watches For Ladies

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Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch, golf gps watch, garmin golf watch, hole map on watch, distance measuring deviceEditors Choice 2022

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Great all-round performer

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 41,000
Battery life: 20 hours
Screen size: 3.3cm
Weight: 61g
Straps: 2

Reasons to buy

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Modern and simple styling
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Excellent sports watch with fitness tracking 

Reasons to avoid

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Chunkier to wear than Garmin's S42 model

The Approach S62 is Garmin’s top of the range watch and earned a spot in our Editor's Choice awards (opens in new tab) for 2022. Featuring super stylish looks, it is also packed with a host of features. 

For ladies, it is slightly chunkier looking than the Approach S42, but with plenty of fitness tracking options, this is an accomplished sports watch that can be worn day-to-day and whilst on the move. What's more, you can even receive emails and texts.

On the course, hole details are easy to read on the full-colour screen and the large display is useful when using Green View, the feature that moves the pin position for more accurate distances.

As well as viewing front, middle and back yardages, you can check distances to hazards, with the Approach S62 offering adjusted distances to allow for elevation changes and wind speed. You can also pair the watch with the Garmin Golf app and it will smartly collect your stats. This means that the next time you play, the in-built caddie function has the ability to club you based on your shot history.

Bushnell watch picturedEditors Choice 2022

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Superb simplicity

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 38,000
Battery life: 16+ hours
Screen size: 2.7cm
Weight : 32.5
Straps: 2

Reasons to buy

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Wide array of features
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Easy to read touchscreen 
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Comfortable to wear

Reasons to avoid

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Touchscreen could be more responsive

There is a lot to like about the look of the Bushnell ION Edge GPS watch. Firstly, it has a pretty sleek design with a soft, black strap which is not too heavy. 

Along with its looks, it comes with a free to download Bushnell Golf app for automatic updates to more than 38,000 pre-loaded courses worldwide. Once switched on, all you have to do is swipe the touchscreen display up and down, or left and right to access a variety of features.

Another feature is the Auto-hole advance, which moves you from one hole to the next and provides you with front, middle and back distances to the green. If basic distances are all you’re after, there is no need to fiddle with the watch during the round, unless you want to use the moveable flag function that locates pin positions for a more accurate distance to the flag, or use the in-built scorecard.

It excels in battery life, at least 15 hours, so a minimum three rounds can be played before the need to recharge.

best garmin approach s42 watch deals

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Stylish design and smaller size

Specifications

Courses preloaded : 42,000
Battery life: 15 hours
Screen size: 3cm
Weight: 43g
Straps: Three

Reasons to buy

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Premium look
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Feature-packed including fitness tracking

Reasons to avoid

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Will take a couple of rounds to get used to all available features

Garmin is a brand that leads the way in wearable technology and, whilst there are different models to choose from, the smaller size and well-rounded features of the Approach S42 make it a popular choice for ladies.

A premium look without a premium price tag, it’s well made and comes pre-loaded with more than 42,000 courses worldwide, as well as a 15 hour battery life. Regarding the touchscreen, you receive front, middle and back yardages, which are displayed on the exceptionally clear 1.2-inch colour screen.

There is yet more simplicity on show when scrolling through the menu, which is very straightforward. What's more, if you know the pin locations, it’s possible to move the flag on the touchscreen for an exact yardage and, when used in conjunction with the Garmin Golf app, AutoShot technology allows you to track and record shot distances. 

That’s not all, you can also track your number of steps, distance, calories and how you slept making it great for off-course activites.

Shotscope G3 watch on a golfer's wrist

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Shot Scope G3 GPS Watch

Basic features for accurate yardages

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 35,000
Battery life: 10+ hours
Screen Size: 3.4cm
Weight: 41g
Straps: 4

Reasons to buy

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Loads of features for a lower priced watch
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Simple to use 

Reasons to avoid

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Better players might want to opt for the Shot Scope V3 model for shot analysis

Shot Scope is an industry leader in shot tracking technology, with the G3 GPS watch a superb performer for those who want extremely accurate yardages.

It has a slim and exceptionally lightweight profile, so compared with many other GPS watches on the market it doesn’t look as clunky on a smaller wrist. The G3 also features interchangeable straps, which are available in black, red, grey or teal. This means that it can coordinate with any outfit.

With just two clearly labelled buttons on each side, and an easy-to-read full colour screen, this watch allows you to quickly navigate your way around the course, with Dynamic Distances being shown to the front, middle and back of greens.

Not only can you check the yardage out to a hazard, but the distance you need to hit your shot to carry it. It comes with 36,000 pre-loaded courses and, once charged, it has a battery life in excess of 10 hours.

samsung galaxy active 2 watch

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Stylish looks

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 40,000
Battery life: 60 hours
Screen size: 3.45cm
Weight: 30g
Straps: Three

Reasons to buy

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Attractive and neat styling
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Provides plenty of detailed hole information

Reasons to avoid

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Time consuming to set up

Compared with the other GPS watches in this guide, the lightweight Galaxy Active 2 really stands out with its looks. Featuring in an array of colors, it also coordinates to many different outfits.

Pre-loaded with the Smart Caddie app, it is also pre-installed and with a lifetime subscription worth £76. This does mean that you have to invest time in setting up the watch before use, but it’s worth the wait.

The Dual Arc feature provides detailed information to the front, centre and back of the green, and putting surfaces can be read using the Green Undulation feature.

You can receive incoming emails and it also doubles up as a fitness watch and monitors your health, keeping an eye on your heart rate by sending an alert when it goes above or below normal levels.

SkyCaddie LX5C GPS Watch

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Large and bright screen provides exceptional detail

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 35,000
Battery life: Up to two rounds
Screen size: 3.5cm
Weight: 65.2g
Straps: One

Reasons to buy

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Hole maps are ground verified on foot
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Impressive hole maps with in-depth detail

Reasons to avoid

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Membership fee required after 3 years
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Its size does mean that ladies might find it bulky to wear

It’s fair to say that the SkyCaddie LX5C GPS watch is designed for the more serious lady golfer, it’s certainly not a fashion statement. However, it does have an abundance of features to allow pinpoint accuracy to help save shots.

SkyCaddie's LX5 model has the same performance benefits as the LX5C, the only difference is the LX5C has a hard-wearing, scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, so it will retain that ‘new’ look for longer.

At 1.39”, it has the largest and brightest colour touchscreen on the market. The overall size of this watch does mean that it’s a little chunky to wear, but ladies will be happy to sacrifice its appearance for the impressive performance benefits on offer.

The main Big Numbers screen displays front, middle and back distances to the green, but you can easily swipe in different directions to see a map of the hole, the hazards that lie ahead, with IntelliGreen giving you close-up details and yardages for every green, plus you can enter your score or measure your shot distance.

Ladies may also want to make use of the fitness features of the LX5C on and off the golf course, as it can keep a check on your heart rate and steps and distance walked.

Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch

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Great functionality

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 36,000
Battery life: Two plus rounds
Screen size: 3.4cm
Weight: 41g
Straps: Four

Reasons to buy

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Combines GPS distances with shot tracking
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Comfortable soft rubber strap

Reasons to avoid

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Opt for the Shot Scope G3 model if you are not interested in tracking shots

Shot Scope’s V3 GPS watch has all the features you need to navigate your way seamlessly around the golf course. It’s also pre-loaded with 36,000 courses and, once charged, has a battery life in excess of 10 hours.

Dynamic distances are shown to the front, middle and back of greens, and you can not only check the yardage to a hazard, but the distance you need to hit your shot to carry it.

In addition, there is the option to track shots and compare stats to help develop your game. This is achieved when the watch is in In GPS + Performance Tracking mode, and it will automatically detect shot locations using tags placed in the tops of your grips.

With just two clearly labelled buttons on each side, and an easy-to-read full colour screen, this watch allows you to quickly navigate your way around the course and make decisions easier.

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A caddie on your wrist

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 40,000
Battery life: 24 hours
Screen size : 3.5cm
Weight: N/A
Straps: Nine

Reasons to buy

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Swish styling 
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Bright and detailed display

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive for a GPS golf watch

Ladies need no introduction to luxury watch brand TAG Heuer, with the refined details and finishes of this third generation GPS watch making it one of the best looking on the market.

The white rubber strap has green stitching and a texture that resembles the pattern on a golf ball. Ladies can also switch up their look as the interchangeable system means that you can buy additional styles in durable rubber which complement the core steel bracelet option.

It’s ultra-lightweight and the matte black ceramic bezel features 18 engraved and lacquered graduations that serve as reference for performance at each hole.

For this latest edition, the crown is flanked by two functional pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock that can be used alongside the TAG Heuer Golf app to record your shots and shot distance with optimal precision in action.

Golfbuddy watch on the wrist whilst player waits to hit shot

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Great functionality at an affordable price

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 40,000
Battery life: 13 hours
Screen size : 3.3cm
Weight: 50g
Straps: Two

Reasons to buy

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Easy-to-read display
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Takes you seamlessly from hole to hole

Reasons to avoid

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Touchscreen can lag slightly

Compared with its predecessor, the W10, GolfBuddy’s Aim W11 has a more premium look due to its ceramic bezel. It also comes with two watch straps, one is plain black and the other is a patriotic red, white and blue.

At 50g, it is rather weighty and will take some getting used to, but it is packed with features at an affordable price. It comes fully charged, so you’re ready to go even if it’s raining, as it’s fully waterproof. The W11 is pre-loaded with 40,000 courses, and the 13-hour battery life in Golf Mode will last you up to 3 rounds of golf.

Once the watch identifies the course you’re playing, it takes you effortlessly from hole to hole and even vibrates when you reach the next tee box. The 1.3” full colour touchscreen is easy-to-read and displays front, centre and back distances, as well as hazards, pin placement and hole layout.

It’s also possible to zoom in and out to get a better view around the green to see your distance from the pin and any hazards that might be lurking on the course, plus you can track shot distances.

Garmin Approach S12 GPS Watch, garmin golf watch, golf gps watch, distance measuring device

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Big numbers make for easy reading

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 42,000
Battery life : 30 hours
Screen size: 2.3cm
Weight: 34g
Straps: Three

Reasons to buy

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Big Numbers is a great feature
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Superb value for the information on offer

Reasons to avoid

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Less easy to navigate through options versus touch screen watches

For an entry level watch, the Garmin Approach S12 is right up there with the best as it has fantastic usability from the get go when loading up one of the 40,000 courses.

The display screen is clear and provides the usual yardages to front, middle and back of the green but, in addition, it provides information on distances to bunkers, water hazards, lay-up yardages, and the option to move the flag around for even greater accuracy.

Ladies with failing eyesight will appreciate the Big Numbers mode, as well as the sunlight-readable dial, as these combined features help to add to a stress-free round. The measure-shot feature captures how far you’ve struck the ball and, by way of contributing to help improve your game, you can log your scores and some stats after each hole to analyse performance.

How we test golf watches

At Golf Monthly we have a comprehensive testing procedure around golf watches. This involves using different models out on the course, over a number of rounds and importantly in different conditions too because this gives us an idea on how particular models deal with sunlight, rain and wind. 

As the entire team are regular golfers, watches usually get a thorough testing and often get compared to one another side by side to test for things like accuracy, waterproofing, durability and other features. That way we can give honest and insightful feedback to you, the reader. We also look to try out watches off the golf course too if they have been designed as such, because this gives us an idea on versatility. 

The final thing we wanted to mention in this section is no manufacturer can buy a good review. Our testing team reviews golf equipment and makes its own opinion on how good or bad the product is. Check out how Golf Monthly tests products (opens in new tab) here.

How to choose the right golf watch

Features - If you have decided you want a GPS watch, now you need to think about what features are important to you. If you’re looking for your standard front, middle and back GPS yardages then a budget watch will do the trick, however there are some incredible watches out there that offer much more.

Alternatively, there are watches which can go into much greater detail when providing yardages, course detail, hazard information and so on. Obviously there are models with larger screens too which can be a particularly useful feature. Some also can help you record your score, track your shots, and many also have fitness features for off the golf course as well.

Versatility - Speaking of off the golf course, many brands make models that can be used on and off the golf course because of the range of features, and overall styling. If that is important to you, then several models above will cater to this need.

Your routine - When looking at buying a golf watch it is important to think about what you do during your routine on the golf course. Are you a fast player who just needs a quick glance at numbers on a screen, or are you more of a deliberate player that wants as much detail as possible before committing to a shot? There are models that fit into different routines and styles so be aware of how you play the game. Ultimately a glance at a watch is much quicker than taking a device out of its case or dragging pointers on the screen, so weigh up if extra detail or less disruption is most important to you.

Golf course - Next it is worth considering what type of golf course you play on regularly. We have found that courses with lots of doglegs and blind tee shots require the in-depth GPS information of a watch, whereas courses that are more out in front of you are perhaps more suited to the simplicity of a laser. Additionally if you play at other clubs in matches or socially, then you may want the extra information a GPS offers over a laser. Additionally be aware of how many golf courses are preloaded onto different watches as well. 

Battery power - Laser rangefinders run on powerful batteries that are easily replaced every six months to a year, while GPS devices normally need charging regularly via a USB, so consider if you have the discipline to keep it topped up ready for your next round.

Budget - Finally we should mention budget. If you want a simple model then there are budget-friendly options. However if you want to spend more you can with Garmin and TAG Heuer in particular offering ultra-premium models.

Alison Root

Alison Root has over 25 years experience working in media and events, predominantly dedicated to golf, in particular the women’s game. Until 2020, for over a decade Alison edited Women & Golf magazine and website, and in addition to writing, overseeing all content and developing industry relationships, she was the go-to voice for TV and radio to comment on breaking women’s golf stories. Alison is also the Editorial Director of Glorious, the new digital platform devoted to elevating women’s sport and that includes golf! She is a 14-handicap golfer (should be better) and despite having had the fantastic opportunity to play some of the best golf courses around the world, Kingsbarns in Scotland is her favourite.