Martin Hopley

The Bushnell Neo Ghost is a wearable mini GPS device that gives a wide range of course information. The first things you notice when you pick it up is how light the 42g device feels and how large the screen is relative to the size of the device.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

At over 3cm wide it displays the front, middle and back yardages very clearly in a rather functional font that continues the square theme .

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

The Neo Ghost charges using the supplied micro USB cable and claims to last 16 hours of GPS time or three rounds of golf on a single charge. The rubber USB port cover is a little feisty to open, but at least that means it stays in place when closed.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

When you turn it on it shows the date and time by default and then you have to tell it to search for courses by pushing the Menu button on the right, then choose Play Golf on the screen with the Select button.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

From here it took around 40 seconds to find the course I was playing, although sometimes it took longer and I would not say it is the slickest operating system around, but it does the job.

If you click the select button on the left during a hole it will bring up distances for up to 4 hazards at a time, which is good for this level of device. The abbreviations are easy enough to work out and I paced a few out and they were accurate enough.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

The Neo Ghost will advance automatically from one hole to the next, or if it gets lost, you can use the Up and Down buttons on the left to scroll through the holes whether you are on the distance or hazard screens, which is good.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

There is a shot measurement option to measure the distance of your latest fairway bomb or bionic approach to the hole that is easy to use with just a couple of clicks.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

The Neo Ghost uses the iGolf course database and can store 33,000 golf courses. That is a lot, but it may be worth checking that your course is in the online database before you buy.

Here at Golfalot HQ we are based at Swanston which has an 18 hole and 9 hole course and a little test I do is to see if the GPS can find the Templar 9-holer. Most GPS do, but unfortunately the Neo Ghost did not as there is no information on the iGolf database for this course, even though the 18 hole course is on there.

However the yardages provided were pretty accurate when checked with a laser, with the front of the green yardage being to the nearest point in the middle.

The Neo Ghost comes with a plastic clip that enables you to attach it to your belt or bag. It feels quite robust and should fit comfortably on most reasonable bag rims of up to 1cm easily and will do larger ones, but that could compromise its integrity.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

Even though you might think that you can orientate the square shape in the clip any way that suits you, you can't because the buttons are only accessible when the device is inserted vertically. Therefore putting it upside down on your belt is not an option.

However there is an option with how it looks as there is a choice of four colours to suit your golfing mood.

Bushnell NEO Ghost GPS

Overall I liked the Bushnell Neo Ghost and at under £100 it is very competitively priced, with a clear display showing front, middle and back yardages plus hazard information too.

If you are looking for a good quality, entry level GPS, then the Neo Ghost is The One.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Bushnell Neo Ghost Golf GPS Rangefinder - Product Details

UK LaunchMarch 2015
UK Launch RRP£99
Device TypeGPS Handheld
Shot MeasurementYes
Power OptionsRechargeable
DimensionsWidth: 55mm, Height: 55mm, Depth: 15mm
Screen SizeWidth: 34mm, Height: 34mm
Device Weight42 grams
Course Capacity33,000
Manufacturer's WebsiteBushnell Website

User Reviews

Chris f
September 2018

Did a little more research and found this reset to work for the Bushnell Neo Ghost, unit is back online and operational. Sweet!

Turn on unit display “push on/off and at same time push down button & hold until display goes dark”, wait about 1 minute then turn unit back on. Display should show date & time different from actually. Use setting to set date/time using GPS. Once that happens unit worked properly.

Chris f
September 2018

Bought this little Bushnell Neo Ghost Beginning of 2018 season it’s now September 2018, turned it on about an hour before my round which is very typical to find the GPS signal now it’s stuck in a search mode, tried to update it on i-golf, that didn’t help. As I search the form I see many golfers with the same problem which is a shame. What’s up Bushnell! I will think twice before buying your products in the future.

August 2018

Purchase Neo Ghost June 2017 & it worked great on all the courses I played on in my area of Windsor, Ontario. On August 14 & 15, 2018 the unit stuck in search mode at 2 different courses. After searching internet for a solution, I thought “crap” I have a big problem, seeing all the reviews discussing this problem. Finally decided to call Bushnell customer service in Vaugh, Ontario. Got through quickly & a guy named Al told me what to try & it worked. 1) make sure unit fully charged 2) turn on unit display 3) push on/off and at same time push down button & hold until display goes dark 4) wait about 1 minute then turn unit back on. Display should show date & time different from actually. Use setting to set date/time using GPS. Once that happens unit should be working properly again. Enjoy your Neo Ghost

February 2018

The Neo is a great value for the price. It gives you distances, shuts off automatically if you set it to do so, gives you shot distance, hazards, etc. and a charge lasts up to 4 rounds for me. I love it except that I have not found the exact translations for the hazard abbreviations.

Laurie McLellan
December 2017

Great little unit when working but it has decided to go as far as searching (for ever and a day). Running battery down and recharging dose not seem to work. I think it may go swimming one day.

October 2017

I own 2 neo ghost and one neo icon watch. I must say they all work great. Only difficulty is going on igolf and registering them because you must have 1 email for each unit. It would make sense to consolidate one owner who loves your product to be able to update 2 or 3 different models at one email login. Why so difficult?

August 2017

Great device, works really well, however don't break your belt clip because it's a real pain in the rear to get another one. If you call Bushnell, your retirement check will arrive before they answer.

Billy Griffin
June 2017

I live in the U.S. and have found this to be a perfectly fine device to assist with shot making decisions. I have never needed a yardage device until recently some courses no longer provide distance on their sprinkler heads. It helps move me along and so far the yardage has been pretty accurate. I had no power issues. Read the entire manual before using and you will enjoy this device.

Doug Kleinknight
June 2017

I have had the Bushnell Neo Ghost for about 3 weeks. Not impressed at all, I have played 4 different courses, 1 course I was not able to load. One course front nine was accurate but back nine was not. One course the yardage was off anywhere from 5 yards to 15 yards. Last course was good!! 1 out of 4 is not good.

June 2017

Buy this product with lots of aspirin because its a headache! Used a few times, now it's stuck on"searching". Just forget about getting any help from customer service.

May 2017

I've used this unit for over a year and find it to be simple and accurate. The belt clip broke the first time I used it, and I cannot find a replacement. I have had difficulty with the unit getting stuck searching for golf courses. I think this is related to how or if I turn it off. When it gets stuck, I just run down the battery, recharge, and it seems to work OK. Irritating.

May 2017

This product is unreliable. I sent it back once ( for which they want $10 for shipping) with a battery issue and now it is stuck in search mode. Turning it on and off does not fix. Save your money and buy a different product.

April 2017

Works fine but does not give distance of dogleg holes. Gives distance straight line. Are there any that do?

February 2017

Had the device less than a month . Stuck on searching after about 8 rounds of golf. Being sent back by retailer to have checked out. Not a good introduction to this technology. Won't get this brand again if problems persist.

November 2016

Bought my Bushnell Neo Ghost some 7 months ago and it worked fine until now. It has now stopped working it is stuck on searching for my golf coarses

October 2016

Excellent range and ease of use only draw back with use belt clip breaks and I've been unable to find a replacement.

September 2016

With the Neo Ghost Golf GPS, you can be confident that you will not be paying for any bells and whistles that drive up the price. This is a simple product which does its just effectively without requiring you to break your budget. Coming pre-loaded with tons and tons of courses, it gives you distances to the front middle and back of the green which are the big three numbers you need to know. I recommend!!

June 2016

I found one of these on the golf course and it was covered with mud and there was water drops inside the glass. The golf course had no notice of a lost one so I took it home, cleaned it up, opened it, removed water, let it set in the sun for 3-4 hrs. Put it back together and plugged it into my phone charger. It works great and does everything advertised, but it loses charge when sitting so I plug it in overnite before going out. I'm thinking of changing the battery and see if that solves the problem.

June 2016

Great value GPS does everything it says. Simple to use, easy to read. Best in category, would certainly recommend.

May 2016

I too found this gadget very frustrating in that it shut down almost every other hole, so the tip about changing the auto off function was well received. Assuming this works I think its a very handy gizmo.

April 2016

I bought the Bushnell Neo Ghost about two weeks ago but just got a chance to use it today because of weather. I turned it on when I got ready to play and it picked up the course after a short search. I also had my SkyCaddy SGX to compare yardages.

PROS: The Neo was within 4 yards every time. Took a while to get used to the buttons but no biggie.

CONS: The unit shut off on me five (5) times before hole #13. I would take it out of my cart and the screen would be blank. Had to power up, find the course and get to the correct hole. No dependable in my book. I'll stay with the SkyCaddy until it expires then I may try something else.

April 2016

I just got it and used it for two rounds. I too found it frustrating when it automatically shut down every few holes, but then I found the "auto off" function. Go to Menu> Settings> Auto off> Off. It must be a function to preserve battery life when no buttons are pressed for a period. The only criticism I have is that the housing seems rather flimsy and am worried about how much wear and tear it can handle.

March 2016

I have found that the yardage is pretty accurate and I am impressed with that! My problem is the Neo Ghost shuts itself off 2 - 3 times during a round of 18 holes. I have to reprogram it to the course and then the hole I am playing, which is annoying. It's not because it isn't charged enough, it does it even when it is fully charged. Does one of the buttons, besides the power button, bring it back without having to power it back on and reprogramming it? The other issue is the clip. It is difficult to put back on. The device does not come out of the clip easily, therefore I have to remove the whole unit and then struggle to put it back on.

February 2016

I got it for Christmas and it worked well for about a month. Then I could not turn on without plugging it in. So I sent it back during my vacation and was told it would take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to get back. I waited and felt that was a little too long and called and the person I talked too was good enough to speed it up. I was on vacation and used it for a week and leaving in a week so I got little use of it. Returned on January 28 and just got it back February 22 and that was a rush. Hope it works for the next.week.

November 2015

This comment is for the previous user review. Make sure the device is on international yardage mode and not US

November 2015

The Bushnell Neo Ghost is very simple to use and has large figures that even the long sighted can clearly see. It has 33,000 golf courses included, although its accuracy is questionable. I am an Australian golfer living in Queensland and the Neo Ghost can be as much as 20 metres out on my local courses, Redland Bay, Howeston, Riverlakes, Carbrook. I wonder if this GPS is so inaccurate on USA courses

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