The sleek, lightweight and durable Approach G8, with a 3-inch capacitive touch color display, is our most feature-packed handheld. G8 starts with precise distances for 38,000 international courses, with free Wi-Fi course updates for life, then adds: PlaysLike Distances, Smart Notification messaging, PinPointer blind shot assistance, a rechargeable 15 hour battery, and the online share-and-compare golf community within Garmin Connect
Despite its slim profile, the Approach G8 debuts a substantial range of features to help you take on any course. PlaysLike Distance gives golfers distances to the target, adjusted for uphill or downhill shots.
Smart Notification lets you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your handheld, even if you’re in the middle of the fairway. G8 receives the wireless signal from your iPhone® 4s or later, let’s you know you have a message, and displays the full text on its own screen whenever you’re ready to read it.
Club Advice remembers how far you hit each club and makes a recommendation based on shot distance. PinPointer lets you know which way to the pin even if you are in the woods or deep in a trap.
For easier viewing, Big Numbers Mode increases the font size of the front, back and center distances. And Wi-Fi lets you connect to the golf community within Garmin Connect and update courses automatically.
More Scorecard Options
Approach G8 doubles as a digital scorecard for your foursome with scoring options for Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play with adjustable handicaps.
See Targets and Track Stats
Colorful layup arcs at 100, 150, 200 and even 250 yards let you know exactly how far you need to hit when laying up. Touch Targeting lets you touch any point on the sunlight-readable display, and it shows the precise distance to that exact spot — fairway, hazard, landing area, or the front, middle and back of the green.
Enhanced stats keeps track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. Check your stats during the round, or download and print them from your computer afterwards.
Get on the Green
Zero in on the pin with Green View. Just tap the flag on the map to zoom in on the green — then you can drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.
Garmin Connect Golf Community
Garmin Connect includes an online golf community that lets you play, then share and compare. Download your round and contrast it to your last round, track improvements to your handicap for every course you play. The Garmin Connect golf community can even assemble your ideal round, combining your best score for each hole to get your ideal 18 for that course.
Physical & Performance
|Physical Dimensions||2.1" x 4.4" x 0.6" (5.8 x 11.2 x 1.4 cm)|
|Display size, WxH||1.5" x 2.6" (3.9 x 6.5 cm); 3.0" diag (7.6 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||240 x 400 pixels|
|Display type||Transflective color TFT touchscreen|
|Weight||3.97 oz (112.6 g)|
|Battery||Internal rechargeable lithium polymer|
|Battery life||Up to 15 hours|
|Water rating||IPX7 (1 meter)|
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other
Maps & Memory
|Course Maps||38,000 (preloaded)|
|Full Color CourseView Maps|
|Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point)|
|Manual pin positioning (tap and drag flag on green for precise yardage)|
|Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)|
|Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)|
|Yardage to layups/doglegs|
|Big numbers mode|
|Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance)|
|Digital scorecard||Yes (score up to four players with optional adjustable handicaps; scoring options include Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play)|
|Computer scorecard review (save and review scores on computer)||Yes (on Device or Computer)|
|Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference)||Yes (Displayed on course map)|