Product Comparison: SkyCaddie GPS Watch vs Garmin Approach S1

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General Specifications
GPS Watch
Approach S1
About the Product
The SkyGolf SkyCaddie GPS Watch isn't just another golf GPS watch. It's an attractive, lightweight, flexible, and comfortable everyday sport watch that just happens to provide superior performance on the golf course.
Approach S1 combines a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with a lightweight, flexible sport watch. It is ready to go right out of the box with thousands of preloaded courses covering the U.S. or Canada. You can measure individual shot distances and track how far you walk on the course.
Key Specs
Golfing Features
Front/Center/Back distances, Measures shot distance, Step counter, Round odometer, Lap counter, Calories burned
Yardage to F/M/B, Measures shot distance
Maps & Memory
Preloaded course maps: 30000
Preloaded course maps: up to 38000
What customers say about "Key Specs"
SkyCaddie GPS Watch
  • I like abut it the most are it is accurate and it is always with me (not in the cart across the fairway).
  • I've played 4 or five courses with it and never had any trouble getting it synced.
  • Four courses; all readings accurate within 1-2 yards of the yardage given by the course markers and/or on-board cart gps.
  • The Skycaddie saved strokes on my score the first time out! I definitely recommend for those golfers who are not sure what the yardage is to the front, middle and back of the green is.
  • The SkyCaddie golf watch is a very nice watch. The yardages seem to be accurate.
Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Golf GPS Watch (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • The S1 will only provide yardages to the front, center and back of the green. If you play most of your golf on courses that you aren't familiar with, this is probably not the GPS unit you're looking for.
  • For those who are looking for minimal distractions while the game is flowing, this watch feels just right. I don't like fiddling with devices and especially while playing (and hopefully concentrating)
  • The yardage seems to be pretty close,maybe a yard or two different from the markers.It's very comfortable to wear and I have very small wrists.
  • The watch works beautifully. Of course it would not help me recover if I got lost on the course, but all I really need are distances.
  • I previously tried a free app. on my android phone and it was very sporadic in it's ability get a GPS signal. I gave up with this and took the jump to a dedicated item.
Size & Weight
2.76 in.
2.7 in.
1.9 oz.
1.8 oz.
2 in.
1.8 in.
0.59 in.
0.6 in.
Display Type
Monochrome LCD
Monochrome LCD
Display Size
1.1 in.
1 in.
Display Resolution
64 x 32 pixels
What customers say about "Display"
SkyCaddie GPS Watch
  • It was easy to read the display in bright sunlight. This is so much better than using a hand-held SkyCaddie
  • Display was accurate and always ready at a glance.
  • The screen is very nice to read on the course even in bright light.
  • Works great, easy to read and load courses.
  • No complaints. its easy to read & comfortable.
  • Can't read it without glasses - back light is a joke, won't shut off
Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Golf GPS Watch (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • The display is very readable in bright sunlight and the battery life seems completely adequate.
  • The main display shows the greens center in large numbers, the front and back are displayed in smaller font.
  • The watch is very good at clearly displaying the correct course and distances to front, centre and back of greens.
  • This Garmin displays tiny dots to represent what par is, but you can't input anything, not even a simple stroke count.
  • Display is easy to read in bright sunlight even without my reading glasses. Not having to worry about leaving it in the cart or somewhere else is a big plus.
White / Green
Battery Type
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Life
10 hours
8 hours
Auto hole advance, Auto course recognition
High-sensitivity receiver, No Subscriptions Needed
Accesories Included
Charging/data cable
AC Charging Adapter, Charging/data clip
What customers say about "Features"
SkyCaddie GPS Watch
  • This unit has lots of features that I'll probably never use. I like it for the basics i.e. distance to the front, middle and back of the green.
  • Great GPS watch if you want to know the distances to the front-middle-back of the green.The watch is preloaded with up to 35,000 courses.
  • It's easy to use, no stupid subscriptions and quite accurate. Have some beers and then buy it.
  • Has helped my game a lot. The most important information to me has been the distance to the pin as it is positioned on the green.
  • I've only used this watch twice since I've purchased it 4 months ago because the battery is horrible. Doesn't last a round of golf on a full charge.
  • They in turn try to sell you a upscale membership. I only bought it because it said no annual fee.
Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Golf GPS Watch (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • The S1 is compact, accurate, very user friendly and convenient to use. There is no pre-game "set up".
  • Now, for the battery's unexpected good performance. As I said, I was leery of the potential poor battery performance and so charged the watch and only turned it on when we were ready to tee off.
  • This unit seems to work fine (just one round so far, since golf season is about over here in northern Ohio). Garmin's service has unfailingly been fast and courteous.
  • The charging system could be better engineered but this problem is minor compared to the benefits the unit provides.
  • The minor issue is the poorly designed charging arrangement, there must be a better way to connect a USB cable to the watch.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacter warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
Other Information
149.99 $

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