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Garmin Approach® S1 North America

Golf GPS watch — covers over 18,000 courses in the U.S. and Canada (White)

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Item #: 150S1W
 

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by Dominic Devito
Garmin

Garmin's Approach S1 golf GPS watch gives you a simple, stylish way to keep track of the action on the course. It combines GPS technology with an expansive database of over 18,000 courses in the U.S. and Canada to give you precise distances to the front, back, and middle of greens at your favorite spots. You can improve your handicap without carrying an additional piece of hardware, so you can keep your head in the game.

Easy to read and use
The watch features a clear display that's viewable in sunlight, with large numbers so you won't have to squint. It's lightweight and waterproof, so you can wear it for any number of activities. With the built-in rechargeable battery, you can enjoy weeks of normal use or an entire day of GPS help out on the links. And the alarm clock feature can help ensure you never miss an early tee time.

A miniature caddy on your wrist
The Approach S1 will show you precise yardages from anywhere on the course, in case you hit a bogey. And you can use the built-in odometer to find out how far you've walked, on or off the course.

Ready to go out of the box
Garmin's extensive course database is preloaded into the Approach S1, so you won't need any subscriptions or additional downloads to enjoy it. Simply charge it up, throw on your plaid pants, and hit the course with the power of GPS on your wrist. The Approach S1 complies with USGA rules and you can obtain new course update downloads directly from Garmin's website.

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Highlights:

  • golf GPS watch
  • charging clip and adapter included
  • 1" monochrome (64 x 32 pixel) LCD screen
  • preloaded with over 18,000 courses across the U.S. and Canada
  • allows free course updates from Garmin website
  • automatically sets time and time zone
  • IPX7 waterproof design (can withstand immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes)
  • built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 3 weeks of use in watch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode
  • 1-13/16"W x 9/16"H x 9-5/8"D
  • weight: 1.8 oz. (with batteries)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Golf GPS watch (white)
  • AC adapter (DC output: 5V/1A) with USB Type A port
  • Slide-in US power plug
  • 3.5' Power cord (with Type A USB plug on one end and a spring-loaded charging clip on the other end)
  • Owner's Manual (English)
  • Owner's Manual (French)
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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Features

Overview: The Garmin Approach S1W is a wrist-worn golf GPS unit combined with a lightweight sports watch. Its memory contains distance information for more than 17,000 pre-loaded golf courses. The Approach S1W uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to measure individual shot distances and track how far you walk on the course. No subscriptions or setup fees are required. Approach S1W is compliant with USGA rules. For convenience, the Approach S1W has an alarm to wake you up in the morning.

Display: The Approach S1W has a 1" x 1" monochrome LCD with a resolution of 64 x 32 pixels. The display's Hole View indicates the number of the hole being played, the distance to the back, center, and front of the green, and the par for the hole. On-screen icons display a low battery warning, GPS use, and alarm active indication.

Included Maps: The Approach S1W has the CourseView Lite map data loaded in its built-in flash memory. The data contains distance information to the front, back, and center of the greens for more than 17,500 golf courses in the U.S. and Canada. A free map update is available from the Garmin website, and can be downloaded from your PC to the Approach S1W using the supplied USB/charging clip cable.

Functionality: As you play, the Approach S1W automatically updates your position, giving you the exact yardage to the front, center, and back of the green. Because pin placement varies, distance to the actual pin location is not calculated. You can also measure the distance of a particular shot.

Controls: The unit has four buttons around the face, each with multiple functions. The button functions include:

  • Light/Power: for turning on the backlight, and for turning the device on or off
  • Up: for scrolling up through menus, holes, and settings
  • Down: for scrolling down through menus, holes, and settings
  • OK/Menu: for selecting menu options, or to open the menu

Watch: In addition to its GPS functions, the Approach S1W is a digital watch. By default, the watch time is set automatically when the device acquires satellite signals. You can also set the time manually. The watch also has an alarm.

Odometer: The Approach S1W has a built-in odometer to measure your total walking distance as you play the round. You can turn the odometer off if you desire.

Power Requirements: The Approach S1W operates on a 200 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion, coin cell battery. In the GPS mode, a fully charged battery should give you up to 8 hours of continuous use. The Power Save mode turns off the GPS receiver after a period of inactivity, and displays only the time and date. If you are using the unit in the Power Save mode continuously, a fully charged battery should provide up to 3 weeks of battery life.

Battery Charging: The unit comes with an AC adapter with a slide-in type U.S. power plug and a Type A USB port. Using the supplied USB cable and charging clip, you can charge the battery using ordinary household current.

Waterproof: The Approach S1W is waterproof to IED Standard 60529 IPX7, which means that it can withstand immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

 
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5 out of 5

Garmin S1

Written By John, Mercer,PA on Thursday, April 11, 2013
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Can't ask for more. Unmarked yardage on a course & cart path only rules don't come into play with this on your wrist & eliminates the need to carry your hand-held unit.
Pros:
Always with you & you never leave it behind in the cart. Especially nice when you're playing a course for the first time. No-fee subscription service beats any competitor's product.
Cons:
* None to date!
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5 out of 5

Garmin Approach® S1 North America

Written By Yanira, 00745 on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
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Excellent Item. Very Accurate!works great in PR.
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5 out of 5

Love this Garmin GPS

Written By run26mi, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
 
Love this watch/GPS...very easy to use...no annual fees...has all the courses...will not be renewing my SkyCaddie....this watch is all I need!!!!
Pros:
Very easy to use, very accurate, tens of thousand of courses!!!
Cons:
None!!!!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

garmin gps watch approach s1

Written By larry, reddin gton beach, fl on Friday, February 17, 2012
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your service was great
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Harming S1

Written By Rich, Bangor PA on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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Usedit Monday.Can't believe I'm playing golf in February, but this watch really enhanced the round. So convenient to just be able to look on your wrist and know the distance to the hole. No more searching around the hole for yardage markers. I love it
Pros:
Easy to use. Courses pre programmed. Don't have to worry about where to put it when you take a shot, it's right there on your wrist. I have seen guys with other GPS units get their distance and then look around for a place to put the unit. Very accurate. Very light on your wrist, I have watches that are heavier than this unit.
Cons:
Did'nt fix my slice. A little golf humor. Actually I have found none as yet.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Garmin S1

Written By Lefty, Md on Monday, February 06, 2012
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The GPS is a great convenient device. It was on sale at Crutchfield's at a great price and their service has been great. I couldn't ask for more.
Pros:
Easy to use and convenient.
Cons:
Limited capabilities
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5 out of 5

Garmin Approach® S1 North America

Written By jp, gilbert,az on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Super!! You must charge every night when you play golf. All the guys with expensive range finders now want this. Easy to use Ready right out of the box.
Pros:
Ease of use and very accurate
Cons:
none
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

garmin approach s1

Written By greta b, prescott az on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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love it, many friends have been told about your company selling this item. this watch is great!!!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Garmin Approach S1

Written By EJohnB, San Diego, CA on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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The Approach S1 is, in comparison with any other device I use, THE easiest to set up and use and of the GPS devices, by far the fastest to locate satellites and begin functioning. Even when I play a course with the latest GPS's in the carts I still use the S1 for a quick reference in "ready golf" situations. For the price, this is simply the most convenient distance meaurement tool I've used in the last half dozen years.
Pros:
Easy and quick to set-up and recharge. Extremely fast to begin the round at the course - best of the GPS's I know of (or that my buddies use).
Cons:
A very minor negative - might be slightly bulky of a woman's slender wrist - it is the size but not quite the weight of a Rolex(tm) man's watch.
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5 out of 5

Slick Little Device

Written By OP Golf Guy, Overland Park, KS on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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Very handy and accurate device. It is very light and does not flop around on your wrist at all; very stable. I've stood on several course markers and the device and the marker have been pretty much identical. It is a very simple device to use and switching holes (if for example you play the back nine first) is very fast. Highly recommended if you want a handy, no frills golf GPS unit. Garmin makes excellent stuff. Lastly, as usual, Crutchfield's handling of the order was excellent.
Pros:
Accurate, light and easy to use.
Cons:
Nothing comes to mind.
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5 out of 5

Garmin S1 GPS Golf Watch

Written By Bob B, Crossville, TN on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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This watch is wonderful. No more bulky binocular style rangefinders or handheld GPS units to deal with. Yardage calculation is as easy as checking the time on a watch. Haven't found a course I play or intend to play that's not loaded into the units memory. The best invention since the wheel.
Pros:
Ease of use. Yardages to front, middle and back of green. Calculates distance of shots. 10,000 courses loaded into watch. Cost is lower than many golf GPS units.
Cons:
Does not show distances to hazards. Battery life on a single charge could be longer. Charger hookup can be a little tedious but not a real problem.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Garmin Approach S1

Written By TomM, Greenville, NC on Monday, January 30, 2012
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So far I've used the GPS four or five times on two differnt courses. It is very easy to use and seems to be very accurate. I find it very helpful an convenient to use. It would be nice if it provided a bit more information like distance to bunkers.
Pros:
Accurate and very easy to use.
Cons:
The only negative is having to recharge it after each use, but this not difficult.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Garmin Approach S1W

Written By TW, Crofton, Ky. on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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I purchased this device, the white one, for my wife for Christmas. She loves it! It's always handy when playing, is preloaded with a multitude of courses, and is very accurate. If I didn't already have a belt clip golf GPS I would buy one for myself.
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3 out of 5

Garmin S1

Written By Danny, Orange City, FL. 32763 on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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A little difficult to operate at first in trying to shut down and measure shots.
Pros:
I really like the NO annual fee + tech support. It's nice to have yardage info at your wrist.
Cons:
I have a golflogix so I miss having the yardage to hazards and bunkers.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

garmin s1 watch

Written By jmdelan99, Boston, MA on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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I love this product. It just works. I use it on courses I know but it really helps. I don't need every landmark yardage; just front, back and middle of the greens. Well done. The service was also great. Quick and efficient.
Pros:
ease of use.
Cons:
none.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fantastic!

Written By RLH, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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We have two Garmin S1's and will now dump our Skycaddies. The S1 is easier to operate, faster to load and acquire satellites and doesn't require an annual subscription fee.
Pros:
Low price, highly durable, doubles as a wrist watch, accurate, compact
Cons:
Doesn't have hole detail beyond distance to front, back & center of green, but who cares? Time between battery charges is limitedbutso is Skycaddie.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Garmin Approach® S1 North America

Written By Jerry C, Pullman, WA on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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The Garmin is a great product and is very accurate.
Pros:
Has all of my local courses in their system. Seems to have very accurate distances.
Cons:
You need to pay attention to the battery level. Did have the watch go down in the middle of the golf round.
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5 out of 5

Garmin Approach® S1 North America

Written By B2, Ellenton Fl on Sunday, December 18, 2011
 
Easy to use, has the information I need right on my wrist. No buttons that I need to fiddle with and the print on the screen is able to be read without my reading glasses. It finds the course I am playing and the hole I am playing automatically. I'm just under a bogey golfer and the distance to the green is all I really want to know. It has all the courses I play in Florida on it and after I contacted Garmin last year telling them my home course in Ontario Canada was not included in their course databank, it now (as of summer 2011) also has my home course in Canada on it.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works great for me

Written By John, Columbia S.C. on Saturday, August 13, 2011
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Easy to use, gives me all that I need to know as a high handicap. The best part is when you get out of the cart you don't need to reach for anything and you don't slow down play.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Garmin Approach® S1 North America

Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Saturday, June 25, 2011
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Does not have nearly as many courses as my sky caddie had. It also does not have my home course on it . Do not buy until you are sure it has the courses you play on it. My home course is an 18 hole country club that is 40 yrs old. You would think it would be on it.

Editors Note: A software update released in July 2011 added 450 new courses to the internal database.
31 out of 39 people found this helpful
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