Bushnell Neo Golf GPS Review

The Bushnell Neo Golf GPS is an entry level golf GPS loaded with all the basic features without the frills (and the high price) of other models. You can buy it for only US$80 / UK£130.

The Neo puts the convenience of a golf GPS unit into a surprisinglyaffordable little box. Small and easy to carry, this is the perfect golf GPS for casual players to enhance their game without burning a hole in their pocket.

Bushnell Neo Golf GPS Design, Construction & User Interface

The Neo is sturdy and lightweight and can be easily clipped onto your belt (it comes with a belt clip accessory), and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

It features a 2.1 inch backlit screen. While it definitely won’t stand up to the 3″ LCD color screen of a SkyCaddie SGX, it does the job well enough. The buttons are somewhat small which makes it a bit difficult to operate if you have large fingers.

The unit is very basic, no-frills, and shows the distance to the front, center and back of the green. In keeping with the entire design of the unit, the interface is extremely easy to use. For the average player, this is more than adequate in an entry level GPS unit.

The Bushnell Neo golf gps is rainproof and runs on a rechargeable lithium ion battery that can runup to 16 hours on a single charge, so should last for 3 or 4 rounds.

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Bushnell Neo Golf GPS Features & Technology

The Bushnell Neo Golf GPS stores up to 10 courses with hole-by-hole details. It shows the distance to the front, center and back to the green which can be sometimes difficult to find with laser rangefinders. It also records your shot distance.

Accuracy is quite high: despite its small size and low price, it shows distance up to an accuracy of 2 yards – comparable to some $500 GPS units on the market.

The Bushnell Neo Golf GPS is quite basic but it gets the job done quite adequately. You won’t find a long list of technologies with fancy names. Rather, what you get is a simple, no frills system that will show you what you need to know with a good degree of accuracy.

Bushnell Neo Golf GPS Set-Up and Prices

Setting up the Neo is extremely easy. You can plug it into your computer via USB and the device installs the requisite software automatically.

To download courses, you will be required to create an account on iGolf.com. From this site, you can download the course maps you want and load them up into your Bushnell Neo Golf GPS unit. It can store only 10 courses at a time though, so you will have to remove some older maps if you want to make way for newer courses. Further, you can download only 100 maps annually, so you will have to plan out your purchases.

Membership fee to the online maps database is $34.99. The device itself costs around $90 and is among the cheapest golf GPS units on the market.

If you live in the US you may want to check out the IZZO Swami 1500 Golf GPS as this does a similar job, but with a much cheaper annual subscription fee.

Bushnell Neo Golf GPS User Reviews

“Nice, cheap, works well and simple way to find out how far your next shot. I am happy with it. Battery last long and you don’t have to recharge it every time you play. Need to pay $35 subscriptions to download 100 courses for one year. Good thing is that you can download courses and keep and share them.”

“Very easy to use in basic setup; also easy to customize particular yardages for course(s) that you play often. Great for the average weekend golfer but may not provide enough detail for the very skilled player. Have been using for over a year now and the battery lasts at full charge for about three rounds which is adequate for weekend, casual round play.”

“Not your top of the line gps, but it works. Some of the course distances seem a bit off, but otherwise it works fine. It would be nice if it automatically skipped to correct hole, but it does not. If you start on 10th, you have to skip forward by pushing advance button 9 times. Despite this, it is small and handy and gives distances at a glance. I like it!”

Bushnell Neo Golf GPS Summary

At just $89, you really can’t go wrong with this device. The Bushnell Neo Golf GPS is an excellent entry level, no-frills golf GPS that provides exceptional value for money.

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