The Garmin Approach G12 is a compact and practical golf GPS device that provides accurate distances for golfers. With user-friendly features and seamless pairing with the Garmin app, it offers a complete overview of each hole. The device is budget-friendly and offers various display options, including a ‘big numbers mode’ for easy reading. Its impressive battery life and smartphone compatibility add to its value. At just under $200, it’s an excellent choice for golf enthusiasts.



The market for golf GPS devices is saturated with numerous options, including the compact Garmin Approach G12. However, don’t underestimate its size, as it is packed with features and incredibly user-friendly. During our trial at Essendon Golf & Country Club, we quickly familiarized ourselves with the device by skimming through the instruction booklet. Right away, we were able to easily view the distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.

One of the standout features of the Garmin Approach G12 is its display options. We particularly enjoyed the “big numbers mode,” which highlights the middle distance. Despite its small screen, it remains clear and readable regardless of lighting conditions. By pressing the buttons on the left side, you can switch between hole number, par, flag distance, and hazard information.

Designed to be lightweight (only 25g) and compact, the Garmin Approach G12 can conveniently be clipped to your golf bag, hat, or clothing. It is also pocket-friendly, but be careful not to drop it!

It may take some practice to get used to the small buttons on the side. With four navigation buttons, you can easily switch between holes and access hazard distances. If you’re not the most dexterous, you might inadvertently press the buttons more than once, but don’t worry, it is easy to go back. For those who prefer larger buttons or a bigger screen, the Garmin Approach G80 GPS is worth considering, as it also functions as a portable launch monitor.

Impressively, the Garmin Approach G12 boasts a battery life of up to 30 hours on a single charge, ensuring it keeps up with you throughout your golfing journey. With access to over 42,000 courses worldwide, Garmin has you covered.

What sets the Garmin Approach G12 apart from other compact devices is its ability to connect to your smartphone. Simply download the free Garmin Golf app, and you can effortlessly track your scores, and statistics, and even compete with other golfers in the virtual golfing world. Additionally, you gain access to full-color hole maps.

For those willing to invest a bit more, the Garmin CT10 club trackers can be paired with the Garmin Approach G12 for accurate shot tracking and yardages. This is an impressive feature for such a small device. Priced at just under $200, the Garmin Approach G12 offers an abundance of features and versatility, making it an ideal choice for golf enthusiasts or as a golfing gift.


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