The GolfLogix GPS System by Garmin is a device that can tell users just about any and everything pertaining to a golf course. The GolfLogix GPS System has the ability to inform golfers the exact distances between where the ball is and the cup, as well as information about water hazards, bunkers, greens, the fairway and anything else remotely important on more than 22,000 courses throughout the world. The latest model of the GolfLogix (GPS-8) has a1.25-inch wide and 2.25-inch tall LCD screen which displays the information quickly and in brilliant color. The GolfLogix is very lightweight at only 5.3 oz. (when two AA batteries are installed), and has a battery life of 17 hours. The system comes with the GolfLogix Course Manager PC software CD-ROM and with USB drivers that are easy to use.
The SkyGolf SkyCaddie is also a tremendous choice when it comes to golf GPS systems. The SkyCaddie provides golfers with the ability to measure the depth and shape of every hole on any course, as well as notify users of different hazards, including bunkers, creeks and traps on more than 23,000 courses worldwide. The newest SkyCaddie, the SG5, has a 2.2-inch LCD full color screen, and weighs just 5.5 oz. with the battery installed. The battery itself is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a 14-hour lifetime in between full charges. The top feature on the SkyCaddie SG5 is SkyGolf's Intelligreen technology, which allows golfers to see a bird's eye view of every hole that they will encounter. New course information can be obtained by signing up for one of two membership plans: $29.95 per year for a single state and $59.95 per year for worldwide coverage.
The GolfLogix and SkyCaddie are both premium golf GPS systems, with different advantages between the two. For starters, the prices differ, with the GolfLogix GPS-8 having a suggested retail price of $279, while the SkyCaddie SG5 is priced around $399. The SkyCaddie gives more off a PDA or BlackBerry feel to having a golf GPS as far as the screen and options are concerned, while the GolfLogix screen resembles a calculator. The SkyCaddie has the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, while with the GolfLogix, you must continue to purchase AA batteries. Though both excellent, the SkyCaddie is a higher quality product.