How to Buy GPS Devices for Golf

By Mike Camunas

Golf uses all kinds of modern technology, even GPS devices. Often, these are used on golf carts and offer detailed information on the course, including distance, elevation, and the location of hazards. Some courses even use them so a golfer doesn't get lost if the course is hard to navigate. It's all part of an additional feature to help golfers play better, so it's important to know how to buy GPS devices.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Do some research on different GPS devices. There are various types of tracking devices, such as ones that can be hidden in or under a cart. There are also ones that look like sport watches and can be worn casually. In addition, there are also a number of apps for smartphones. 
Step 2
Determine what type of GPS tracking device you need. Do you need one with real-time tracking to a tablet or cell phone? Or do you need a GPS tracking device you keep in your cart that sits on your dashboard? Decide which features and models best suit your needs.
Step 3
Check golfing stores, which will carry various models of GPS devices and in different sizes and prices. 
Step 4
If you purchase the device from a store, you or a sales representative should test the product, so you know how the device and technology work. 

Tips & Warnings

Consult other course managers or owners who have purchased tracking devices or currently use them. They'll be able to give you some insight before you make a purchase, and they might suggest a brand to consider. 

About The Author

Mike Camunas is also reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, covering local golf in the Tampa Bay area, from events to golfers hitting hole in ones, to even covering the professional events that hit town. He has been playing golf for about 11 years and has not seen his handicap lower. Maybe one day, but he'll stick to his day job for now.

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