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Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch

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  • GPS Golf Watch Loaded with over 27000 worldwide courses
  • Free Lifetime Course updates
  • High resolution glove-friendly touchscreen display
  • Green view lets you see the shape of the green and move the pin to the day's location

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.6 x 6.9 cm ; 59 g
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Batteries 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 010-01049-01
  • ASIN: B007RKO8SQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 9 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,875 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Garmin Approach S3 Black GPS Golf Watch Rangefinder.

Instant, Simple & Precise

Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is packed with more than 27,000 worldwide courses. It displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens on a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen. It lets you manually position pins, get distances to doglegs and layups, customize yardage points, and print digital scorecards for Stroke play and Stableford.

Touch & Move the Pin

Green View shows you the true shape and layout of the green. Use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to the day's location. This is especially helpful on par 3s where you'll be able to dial in the distance you need and fire away with confidence.

Preloaded Courses & Free Updates

The S3 may be the size of a typical sports watch, but we've preloaded it with more than 27,000 courses from around the world - without extra fees or paid subscriptions. Plus, you'll be able to download free course updates whenever they become available.

Customize DistancesS3 gives you distances to the front, back and center of the green, as well as distances to doglegs. It also allows you to input and save customizable yardage points - such as water hazards or bunkers - from anywhere on the course.

Keep Score & See How FarS3 has digital scorecard options for individual players. Scoring options include Stroke play and Stableford, and you can save, review and print scorecards from your computer. Plus, when you hit a big one you can see how far it went with the Measure Shot feature.

An Everyday Watch with StyleThe S3 functions as an everyday watch, with an odometer to see how far you walk. A round timer also is included to keep track of how long it takes you to play 18 holes.

From the Manufacturer

Approach S3, the touchscreen GPS golf watch – instant, simple, precise

Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is another benchmark for GPS innovation within the golf market. Packed with 27,000+ worldwide courses without subscriptions or fees, S3 displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens. The S3 also introduces a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen display, Green View with manual pin positioning, distances to doglegs and layups, customizable yardage points and printable digital scorecards for Stroke play and Stableford.

Touch & Move the Pin

Green View shows you the true shape and layout of the green. Use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to the day’s location. This is especially helpful on par-3’s where you’ll be able to dial in the distance you need, and fire away with confidence.

Play Preloaded Courses for Free

No larger than a typical sports watch, the comfortable S3 is filled with 27,000+ preloaded courses from around the globe – all without extra fees or subscriptions. Plus, whenever we release more courses, you can download them for free.

Customize the Distances You Need

Approach S3 gives you distances to the front, back and center of the green, and you can see distances to doglegs. S3 also allows players to input and save customizable yardage points – like water hazards or bunkers – from anywhere on the course.

Keep Score and See How Far You Hit It

Approach S3 debuts digital scorecard options for individual players. Scoring options include Stroke play and Stableford, and you can save, review and print scorecards from your home computer. Plus, when you hit a big one you can see how far it went with the Measure Shot feature.

Choose Your Style

The S3 is available in 2 sharp color combinations – white with red trim and black with gray trim.

Wear it Everyday

The S3 functions as an everyday watch, and it has a odometer so you can see how far you walk each day, or every round you play. A round timer also is included so you can keep track of how long it took you to play 18.

No Downloads, No Setup

Say adios to subscriptions and fees – Approach S3 comes preloaded with 27,000+ worldwide courses and sports a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Green View

Approach S3 shows you the true shape and layout of greens so even if you have an obstructed view, you’ll know where to aim. Plus, you can touch and drag the pin to the day's location.





Layup Distances

Course management is key – especially if you haven’t played a course before. Layup distances shows you the distances you need with yardages to doglegs and other hazards on the course.





Precise Yardages

Once glance at your wrist from any point on the course is all it takes to get yardages to the front, back and middle of greens with clear, easy-to-read numbering.





Measure Shot Distances

When you drop the boom stick on a drive, seeing how far you hit it is a breeze. Approach S3 calculates exact yardages for shots played anywhere on the course.


What's in the Box:

  • Approach S3
  • USB/Charging cable
  • AC adapter
  • Manual

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ken grant on May 31 2014
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The product arrived on time - the GPS loads very fast compared to the skycaddie products that I used to have like the SGX, and SG1. Also, the battery last longer than one round and you can still use it as watch. Great product.
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Works as advertised-battery life could be better-you might make 36 holes on one day but basically you have to recharge prior to each round if you only play once weekly.
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By Dougie on Oct. 24 2014
Great unit, works as described, grabs satellite quickly but way over priced on Amazon. Can be bought at Golftown for $199.99
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Does exactly what it says on the box. Fine piece of kit.
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Amazon.com: 209 reviews
74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic July 17 2012
By Stephen E. Reeves - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this thing. I have used a Skycaddy and a uPro in the past and this blows them away. It is very accurate, and keeps score well(Just remember to go to the score card on each hole). The biggest plus for me is it is ALWAYS on. I don't have to push a button to see my yardage, I just glance at my wrist. It has also had every course I've played so far(although that's only 6 courses so far).
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
S3 is VERY Disappointing - ForgetAboutIt... May 27 2013
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
I previously owned the S-1. It was 'Rock Solid' and easy to work, aside from the poor battery life (which is my only complaint on the S-1). I recently 'upgraded' to the S-3, and finally took it back after 2 weeks. It required 'rebooting' it 2 or 3 times (each time I played golf) in order to obtain a Menu which would look for local golf courses - this occurred repeatedly - each and every time I'd play golf. I did not find it's operation or touchscreen intuitive, so I took the time to re-read the instruction booklet, and also watched a YouTube instruction video. Believing that I now 'understood' it's operation, it was used (twice) after that, with the exact same result - It would need to be 'rebooted' 2-3 times in order to bring up the Menu to search for courses, and would intermittently become locked on one hole, and not advance to any subsequent holes. I finally took it back to the Pro Shop and watched a Golf Professional, who claimed to be familiar with the S-3, experience the same frustrations! (The Golf Pro also admitted that he had other customers experiencing similar difficulties with the S-3.)

The S-2 is 'Rock Solid' with dedicated external buttons allowing the user to easily access the desired features. Unfortunately, the S-3 did not prove to be user-friendly - to myself or 2 others I know who also purchased it.

Maybe Garmin is attempting to incorporate too many technical features into a touch-screen with the S-3; I am not sure. But I can state unequivocally that you can spend more time attempting to get the S-3 to 'work' than it's worth. Moreover, it can become a real distraction when playing golf.

One more reason I would not recommend the S-3.......the charging adapter for the S-1 & S-2 (while different in how they clip on) are compatible. In fact, Garmin made a real improvement with the charging 'clip' for the S-2. However, the S-3 charging adapter is completely different and is not interchangeable or useable on the S-1 or S-2......the S-3 charging clip is also magnetized, so you'll need to ensure that it is not placed in proximity of any other digital devices according to the S-3 Instruction Booklet. (I'd call that "Three Steps Forward - And 2 Steps Backward")

Recommendation: Go with the S-2 (or the older S-1) if you want dependable & dedicated button access in operating the watch.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Garmin S3 Review June 24 2012
By TheMachine - Published on Amazon.com
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***UPDATE/3Sept12***Problem with wrong language? Read instructions below.

The S3 does not post the par scores of previous holes by holding down the scoring button if they were not previously posted as gpscity states on youtube in their Keeping Score video. I also have found that the S3 will change holes too soon sometimes, which can lead to scoring errors if you haven't noticed that it has advanced to the next hole before scoring. What I do now as a work around is, I press the scoring button as I get onto the green so it can't move to the next hole before I score the current hole. It doesn't happen often, but messes the scoring up when it does and you don't notice. I've suggested to Garmin that they need to do a firmware upgrade that requires the S3 to look and see if the hole was scored before it moves to the next hole...This would solve my biggest complaint with this GPS watch...Otherwise its been great so far with about 10 rds played with it.

***UPDATE/17Sept12***

The best way to move the pin in "Green View" is to touch your finger dead center of the green(vertical/horizontal cross lines will appear). While still touching the screen, ROLL your finger in the direction of the current pin location. As you roll your finger, watch the cross lines to estimate the new location. This works pretty good in getting the pin location where you need it....This should be in Garmins instructions.

***Language Fix***

For people that have a problem with a foreign language being displayed...Which I did, do this:

1) Touch to go to the menu screen at the right side of the S3. You will need to unlock the display.
2) Tap the up arrow 2 times. This will put the Setup selection in the middle section of the display.
3) Select Setup in the middle of the display, then tap the up arrow 2 times. This will put the Language selection in the middle section of the display.
4) Select Language in the middle of the display and then tap the Up/Down arrows to find English language. Tap English to select it.

Have used the S3 twice. I think there may be a minor glitch with the scoring. I'm not sure about this and will verify what's going on during my next few rounds. It sometimes does not score if you have a par and go to scoring the hole...Don't touch anything, as it is already scored at par and then go back to yardage screen...I will try touching the screen for pars and not touching the screen before I move back to the yardage screen and move on to the next hole. Again, I need to verify this and I understand that if you get a par on one hole...2,3 or 4 holes in a row (without scoring them) and then get a...SNOWMAN. When you get the Snowman and change the score for the hole to 8 you will need to hold the score button down to post the previous par's. If you don't do this, they will not get posted on the score card. The instructions say nothing about this. I got that from here: ([...])

I didn't do any updates so I don't know about that problem that someone had.

Looks like 4 hours of play leaves the battery at 50% level from my experience.

Great little Golf GPS/Watch...I wear it loosely on my left wrist...which works out, as my glove stops the S3 from sliding down my wrist. After 2 rounds I don't think about it anymore. I just hope the battery can be replaced as there is no mention of this anywhere in the manual.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Aug. 29 2012
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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I read all the reviews and had some trepidations but this turned out to be a fanastic little gadget. Its very accurate (as compared to course markings), extremely convient, very intuitive to use and has great features - I particularly like the score keeping and measuremet features. I was concerned about some of the issues people had written about as follows: Language issues - no issue as my Garmin was already set to English; software updating issues - true, the website they specified in the manual does not exist but I just clicked on the help/support button on the Garmin site and very quickly found the software update information (note that I'm pretty much a computer illiterate). Updating was a snap, literally; freezing up - if this was an issue they fixed it with updated software as I have not experienced any such issue; charging problems - absolutely no issue; slow to access satelite - mine accesses in less than a minute.

There are a couple of minor things they probably could have done better: you do have to swipe the unlock feature more than a couple of times to unlock the watch. It does not provide hazard information (but there is a save location feature that's pretty neat). Battery life will last for 36 holes only if you're playing quickly, otherwise, count on 27 holes. These are the only cons I can think of and none would cause me to give less than a 5 star rating.

This little gem may not improve my swing but its a joy to use and I'm sure I'll be refining my club distance knowledge to improve my overall game now that I have a convient measurement tool at the tip of fingers (or on my wrist).
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Watch with GPS capabilities Aug. 16 2012
By P. Patel - Published on Amazon.com
This is an amazing Golf GPS watch. I've used it about 7 outings so far and its helped me tremendously. I've actually lowered my score because of this watch. By the way its also a watch. I wear it everyday. The features are intuitive and easy to use. No more fumbling on the phone or waiting to get distances. On the course this watch works precisely. Its a true advantage to have. Off the course the watch is stylish and functions very well. It holds a charge for a long time. I can get 2 rounds and still have some juice left. If you want to lower your score, this is the right tool.