Check out these 8 golf watches that do a lot more than just measure yardage

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Golf watches are a great investment — especially if you're looking for more than just yardage.

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Distance-measuring devices have become invaluable pieces of equipment for modern golfers. One glance can give you super-accurate yardage to hole locations, hazards and carry areas, sparing you the time and effort of pacing off yardage from ground monuments.

Hand-held devices and clip-ons are super convenient, but if you want your device to really go the extra mile, a GPS watch is an excellent investment. In addition to offering the distance-measuring information mentioned above, the latest GPS watches can also show you accurate full-color representations of a hole’s layout, keep your score, and even play music.

Which model is right for you? Check out our eight favorites below. And while you’re shopping, make sure to scroll through the rest of the items on offer in GOLF’s Pro Shop. From the latest apparel, shoes, clubs and more, we have everything you need for your game, all in one convenient place.

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Golf Buddy Aim W11 Watch

$199.99
The Golf Buddy Aim W11 is an advanced golf GPS smartwatch with features that are hard to beat. The industry-changing addition of Green Undulation makes the Aim W11 the only device you need on the course. Know your lie from the tee to the green with the Golf Buddy Aim W11
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Garmin Approach S42 Watch

$299.99
We’ve got your game on and off the course with Approach® S42, a GPS golf smartwatch that puts information from more than 42,000 CourseView maps worldwide on your wrist. The Green View feature allows manual pin positioning so you can quickly reference distances to the front, middle and back of the green as well as hazards and doglegs. The AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records detected shot distances (lie and ball contact may affect shot tracking); pair with optional Approach® CT10 club tracking sensors (sold separately) for more automatic game tracking capabilities. Pair with the Garmin Golf™ app (when downloaded on a compatible smartphone) for strokes gained analysis, to participate in leaderboards and tournaments and gain more insights into your game. Wear the watch all day, and get smart notifications (when paired with a compatible smartphone) and estimated activity-tracking features.
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Garmin Approach S12 Watch

$199.99
We’ve got your game with Approach® S12, a golf watch designed to turn on when you tee off. Get key yardages to the green, as well as to hazards and doglegs, on 42,000 preloaded courses worldwide. Keep score from the watch itself and upload directly to the Garmin Golf™ app (when paired with a compatible smartphone) to participate in weekly leaderboards. Pair with optional Approach® CT10 club tracking sensors (sold separately) for more automatic game tracking capabilities. Play longer with a battery life that holds up — get up to 15 hours in GPS mode.
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Garmin Venu SQ Watch

$199.99
Garmin’s Venu SQ Watch offers a sleek design that’s suited for every outfit and every part of your day. Run, walk, bike, or golf with more than 20 preloaded sports apps to choose from. The watch features a bright color display and optional always-on mode, so you can see everything with a quick glance. The touch screen is easy to use and the quick release band is easy to swap out so you can change your style as needed. Battery life last up to 6 days in smartwatch mode and up to 14 hours in GPS mode. Golfing features include yardages for distance to front, middle and back of green as well as lay ups and doglegs. You can also measure shot distance, use a digital scorecard, and track stats.
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Garmin Venu SQ Music Watch

$249.99
Garmin’s Venu SQ Music Watch offers a sleek design that combines daily style and on-device music storage that inspire you to keep moving. Download songs plus playlists from your Spotify, Deezer or Amazon Music account. Venu SQ features a bright color display and optional always-on mode, so you can see everything with a quick glance. The touch screen is easy to use and the quick release band is easy to swap out so you can change your style as needed. Battery life last up to 6 days in smartwatch mode and up to 14 hours in GPS mode. Run, walk, bike, or golf with more than 20 preloaded sports apps to choose from. Golfing features include yardages for distance to front, middle and back of green as well as lay ups and doglegs. You can also measure shot distance, use a digital scorecard, and track stats.
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Izzo Swami Watch

$129.99
Izzo’s Swami Watch gps offers a comfortable and modern design while also providing excellent performance on the course. Improve your round with precise distances to the front, center, and back of the green as well as distances to water hazards, bunkers, and doglegs. Additional benefits include Auto-Course Recognition, Auto-Hole Advance, Shot Distance Measurement, and Digital Scorecard. The Watch Golf gps is water resistant, easy to charge, and offers up to 10 hours of battery life in GPS mode.
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SkyGolf SkyCaddie LX5

$299.99
The SkyCaddie LX5 is the ultimate golf watch. It can function as a golf GPS as well as a practical, everyday watch. The smartwatch offers real GPS overview of the course, as well as has a set list of targets to choose from in order to get the optimal distance for your next shot. Holevue allows players to visualize the layout of the entire hole for shots out of the tee box and see the shape of the green as your stepping up for an approach shot. Intelligreen Technology rotates the view of the green on your watch with the view you have in real-time, allowing golfers to come up with the best plan of attack at their particular location around the green. Digital scorecards are built-in for extremely easy scorekeeping as well as 35,000+ preloaded golf courses.
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SkyGolf SkyCaddie LX5 Ceramic Bezel Watch

$349.99
SkyGolf’s SkyCaddie LX5 is light-weight and comfortable to wear. Its modern feel and look makes it a versatile watch for use on and off the course. LX5 comes preloaded with over 35,000 ground-verified, error-corrected course maps and offers a ruggedized water-resistant casing that can handle any weather. It is powered by an ultra-fast multi-core processor and features a simple touch screen to allow you to get the yardages you can trust. LX5’s brilliant AMOLED display allows you to see information on the screen in direct sunlight. An eagle’s view presented in stunning graphics allows you to select the right club and plan your next shot just like a Pro! Zoom and pan to get all the details you need to avoid trouble and save strokes. A responsive and easy-to-use interface makes navigating during play almost touch free. Includes 3-year worldwide membership providing real time updates to over 35,000 preloaded ground verified course maps for unmatched accuracy.
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As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on GOLF.com.