With Bushnell Neo Ghost GPS, you have their trademark accuracy in a compact and efficient design. This is a clip-on device that sits inconspicuously on your belt or visor. It has all the important yardages, a clear advantage over the Izzo Swami which provides only the basic distances to the greens.
If you are looking for a reliable GPS unit that can perform in a similar manner as a laser rangefinder, this device for you. It quickly became our go-to device for everyday practice and one of our best golf GPS units.
Features & Benefits of Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS reviews
Bushnell Neo Ghost GPS unit has an interesting combination of relevant features and a kickass design. We delved into both for a detailed review.
Design of Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS Unit
The Neo Ghost GPS unit is a very handy unit. It’s a square tablet of 2.2 inch size. Its only 0.6 inches in thickness. At 2.1 ounces it’s almost unnoticeable on your help. The whole body has a glossy shockproof cover with a small rubber USB port cover. There’s a belt clip at the back that helps it attach to the belt, visor or the rim of the golf bag. It can stretch up to 1cm to slide on to a surface.
Most part of the front face is covered by a 1.4” x 1.4” LCD screen. The display is black and white. It’s very clear for any amount of daylight. The screen is backlit so you can view it in harsh sunlight. The font used makes the figures visible even when it’s clipped on to the bag.
We love how the controls are placed and marked on the Bushnell Neo Ghost GPS device. There are 6 buttons, each marked with the function name on the back side. One of the tops is a power button. The right side has Menu and Shot measurement buttons. The left side has an up, down and select buttons. The operation is almost intuitive with these strategically placed buttons.
This golf GPS is packaged with a multi-function clip and a USB charging cable. You can attach it to a wall adapter or a PC/laptop.
The Neo Ghost is available in four colors to suit your tastes: black, white, grey and lemon green. All are equally attractive.
Features of Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS Unit
The distances to the greens are displayed on the main screen. The distance to the center of the greens is displayed in a large font on the top. The distance to front and back are displayed in a slightly smaller font below. The distances update quickly as you move from shot to shot.
In the Golf mode, the screen also shows hole number and par information. This is quite useful when you want to track your progress through the golf course. These two pieces of information are displayed on the hazard and shot measurement screen as well.
The Bushnell Neo Ghost GPS displays up to four nearest hazards at a time. These are displayed against abbreviations like LFB for Left Fairway Bunker. We simply had to click on the Select button on a hole to pull up the hazard distances. It displays only the layup distances unlike GolfBuddy PT4 which also shows the carry distance against each hazard.
The Shot button on this golf GPS pulls up the Shot measurement mode. It will calculate the shot distance as you move and display it on the screen along with hole and par information. It doesn’t save the distances though. We use the shot distances to measure the average drive distance of each club and use this data for club selection in the future.
The Neo Ghost golf GPS has automatic course recognition. Once it enters the Golf mode, it automatically acquires the satellite signal and finds the courses near you. The process takes about 45 seconds which is average for an entry-level GPS unit. It also features automatic hole advance, a feature that’s strangely missing from the Izzo Swami Sport golf GPS. In case you need to edit the hole, you can change it manually through up/down buttons as well.
This Bushnell golf GPS boasts of a coursemap database of 35,000 courses worldwide. This is their trademark iGolf database. These are available free of any subscription charges, so the total cost of ownership is the price of Neo Ghost. Bushnell doesn’t charge for course updates and syncing either.
If you are not satisfied with the Neo Ghost, check out our reviews on Bushnell Golf GPS Watches and Handhelds
The Neo Ghost claims a battery life of 14 hours per charge. This will easily get you through at least 3 rounds of 18-hole games. We found that this claim is almost correct and averaged around 14 hours in our gameplay.
Since it’s such a simple golf GPS unit, Bushnell tried to provide accurate information in the most presentable manner. The distances were accurate within 1-2 yards of the actual yardage as measured with a Bushnell rangefinder. Most importantly, it showed distances with the same uncertainty so we were able to estimate our shots correctly at every turn.
We were able to switch through the various modes quickly. The buttons are very tactile and provide immediate feedback once pressed.
The Bushnell Neo Ghost golf GPS is a pocket-sized clip-on device with a wholesome feature set. It’s capable of assisting a regular golfer to measure their way around the golf course. And it’s a budget device! We loved the ease of operation and the general glitch-free performance. The simple functionalities are easy to navigate and are executed with accuracy. It can be a great first-time golf GPS for a laser-to-GPS convert or a good option for those who want a spare golf GPS to check their laser rangefinder against.
Last updated on August 12th, 2018 at 12:43 am