Garmin Approach S60 Review

Garmin Approach S60

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Garmin Approach S60 Watch Overview

The Garmin Approach S60 is one of the best golf watches available in 2021. With a stylish build and a 1.2-inch 240 x 240 color screen, this watch is loaded of features. This watch comes loaded with over 40,000 courses, complete with information like precise yardages to greens, hazards and doglegs.

The Approach S60 will also track the location and distance of each shot. Other features of the watch like it’s PlaysLike feature allows the S60 to track elevation changes between the player and target and factor it in when calculating the distance.

There’s also SwingTempo and TempoTraining features that can help you improve your swing. The Approach S60 works with the Garmin Connect and Garmin Golf apps, syncing your data and letting you compete with friends and family. Along with these features, this watch also works as a general activity tracker – tracking steps, calories burned, distance and sleep.

It can alert you when you haven’t moved enough. The watch is waterproof up to 5 meters and it’s battery will last up to 10 hours in GPS mode.

Using The Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch On The Course

When you turn on the Garmin Approach S60 you will see a few watch faces. You can pick your watch face here. 

Setting Up a Round: When you are ready to golf, you can press the big orange-ringed button and press the “Golf”. The watch will find your local courses and you can set up your round. 

Green Focus: When you play, the watch creates a compus like arrow that always points toward the middle of the green.

Pin Placement: When you are at a hole and you want to get a better view of the green, you can click on the green and the watch will zoom in. You can then move the pin around and place it where it is on the course. This will adjust your yardages and give you the most accurate yardages to the green and pin.

Distances To Hazards: When you are playing and you are worried about hazards on the hole, you can click on the hazards on the watch to get a distance to them, or you can pull them all up in a view that shows you distances to all hazards.

AutoShot Detection: When you are using the Approach S60 the watch will track when you hit a ball. It will then track where you hit your next shot and track the distances and number of times you hit the ball.

Distances To Dog Legs: When you are on a tee that has a dog leg in play, the watch will tell you how far you are to an appropriate lay up or a safe position. 

Live Scorecard: The Approach S60 also has a scorecard built into it. you can track all of your scores without needing to write them down. 

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Garmin Approach S60 Highlights


The Garmin Approach S20 is sleek and has a beautiful design. This is a watch that you can wear to any event. This watch will look good at a client lunch or a client golf outing. The black gun metal design and elastic strap really make this watch look slim. Along with the Garmin Approach S40, this watch is best looking golf GPS watch on the market.

The Garmin Approach S60 also has the ability to change watch bands with ease. This watch is already sleek, however, if you wanted to change the bands to switch it up, you are able to! 


The Approach S60 has a full color 1.2″ diameter display with a 240 x 240 resolution screen. This is an improvement from the Garmin S6, which only had a 180 x 180 screen. The screen shows the vibrant colors of the golf course and you can see everything with ease, even in the direct sunlight. The screen is also a touch screen that you can fully interact with, without getting frustrated at misreads by the watch. This watches’ screen is accurate and extremely responsive.


Garmin is the leader in golf GPS technology. Their products are all accurate within +/- 3 yards. You may think this is a large dispersion, but the truth is that these GPS are hardly off. We have never experienced any issues with the yardages given to us by the S60.

Battery Life

The one downside to this watch is it’s battery life. The Garmin Approach S60 only has a battery life of 10 hours in GPS mode. It has a battery life of 10 days without using GPS mode. The watch plugs into a charging cord (included with purchase) that charges the watch in a few hours. 10 Hours is still more than enough for a weekend of golf!

Swing Training & Analysis

The Garmin Approach S60 is compatible with TruSwing technology it can help you track and analyse your swing. The watch can track your swing speed and can help track your club path. The club path feature can help track if you are coming in too deep or too flat. The TruSwing also offers more analytics of your swing, if you are willing to spend the money on this watch, we recommend the TruSwing trainer as well.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Garmin Approach S60

While there is not built in heart rate monitor, the Garmin Approach S60 can connect with Garmin Fitness, which does include a heart rate monitor.

The Garmin Approach S60 is waterproof up to 50 meters. You are more than welcome to take a shower or swim in a pool with this watch. Garmin Intends this watch to be used mainly for golf, but if you want to, you are able to use this for water sports. 

Approach S60 Golf Watch Pros & Cons


  • Sleek GPS golf watch that reflects your passion on and off the course. Quick Fit 22 mm watch band compatible
  • Large, 1.2 inches Sunlight-readable color touchscreen display. Available outdoor recreation profiles : Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Rowing
  • Quickly gets your location using GPS to Show precise yardages to greens, Hazards and doglegs, on full-color course maps. Bezel Material : polymer or ceramic
  • Convenient Quick Fit bands for fast style changes without tools. Battery life- up to 10 hours in golf mode; up to 10 days in watch mode
  • More than 40, 000 preloaded courses from around the world. 
  • QuickFit watch band compatible: 0.866 inches


  • Battery life is a little low
  • Somewhat expensive

Garmin Approach S60 Smart Watch Conclusion

The Garmin Approach S60 is the top of the line smart watch from Garmin. This watch has all of the bells and whistles that you are looking for in a golf GPS watch. Personally, I have had the chance to test a number of golf accessories and this watch is the top of the line. The features that are offered, the materials that were used in the watch, the screen resolution, everything about this watch is pure class. When you think about all of the integrations that you can purchase, this is one of the best training aids that you can buy for your game.

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