Martin Hopley

GolfBuddy Make a wide range of GPS devices, but they all have one thing in common and that is no-nonsense, down to earth devices with good navigation and no annual fees.

The GolfBuddy WT4 GPS watch continues this fine tradition in a more stylish and sleeker body than the previous GolfBuddy WT3 Watch which was pretty chunky.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

Whilst it is thinner, the WT4 is still quite deep at 15mm and the large brushed chrome face gives it a big profile which may appeal to some more than others.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

On your arm it feels fine and sits well, even if it is a little larger and heavier than some rivals.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

If you have used GolfBuddy devices before then you will be familiar with the set up as you head to the first tee. Head into the main menu and select the GPS option and within 15 seconds the WT4 should locate the course you are on which is pretty impressive.

The front, middle and back distances to the green are displayed clearly on the same screen and even if you stray off line, the Dynamic Green View will adjust the distances depending on your angle of approach to the green, which is a great feature.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

If you click the bottom right button then distances to the nearest hazards are shown in a list and whilst this can be tough to figure out if there are a lot of bunkers, generally this is one of the best hazard information services on a GPS watch.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

Clicking the top left button takes you to the Pin Placement view which has predefined pin placements to give you yardages to each of those, but given these are essentially guesses I am not convinced of the value of this.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

The scoring mode is accessed by pushing and holding the button right button and is easy to use as the scoring defaults to the par and you add or hopefully remove shots depending on your score. The WT4 then gives you running total of shots played and score to par, if you prefer electronic recording to pencil and paper.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

There are a couple of other nice to have features, like GPS tracking to see how far and how long you take on a walk, whether on the course or off it and an analogue option for the face time.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

The GolfBuddy WT4 comes with its own charging cradle that is plugged in to the mains or your computer by a mini-USB cable.

GolfBuddy WT4 GPS Watch

If you are travelling with lots of cables then this could be one less cable to take, although if you are relying on just the GolfBuddy supplied connectors then you will have to put up with the USA USB adaptor into a UK mains adaptor, which does not win any fashion prizes.

Overall I like the WT4 for the same reason I like the other GolfBuddy devices. The distances are clear, the hazard information is one of the best for a GPS watch and the Dynamic Green View means accurate yardages no matter how far offline you are.

The only thing is that it is essentially the same device as the previous WT3 in a slightly shallower and shinier package so it is hard for me to give it a different rating. It is still pretty chunky and compared to competitors the WT4 is still larger and heavier with less functionality or supporting apps.

If that is not an issue for you then the GolfBuddy WT4 is perfectly good for giving distance information to greens and hazards and the build quality is robust enough to deliver a good value GPS watch.

Golfalot Rating: 3 stars
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GolfBuddy WT4 Golf GPS Rangefinder - Product Details

UK Launch08 August 2014
UK Launch RRP£179
Device TypeGPS Watch
Shot MeasurementYes
Power OptionsRechargeable
DimensionsWidth: 43.4mm, Height: 52.5mm, Depth: 15mm
Screen SizeWidth: 24mm, Height: 24mm
Device Weight65 grams
Course Capacity40,000
Manufacturer's WebsiteGolfBuddy Website

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User Reviews

April 2018

Need to buy new battery charger. Original got damaged. The device works great. No complaints. Just would like to continue using. Thanks

May 2017

I have my golf buddy a year and it is poor. The three main faults are: very difficult to charge, poor design in this regard. Secondly, when you walk to the edge of a fairway it just changes holes to that hole, however it will never go back to the correct hole, you then have to press a load of buttons to get back to the correct hole, very annoying and delays play. Lastly, when you press the various buttons it generally does not work as they have to be squeezed very hard. I am perplexed at the reviews that talk about the functions and style - did anyone not try it on a golf course and then try to recharge it with the fiddly pins that get stuck.

November 2016

I wish I could take back the first review I wrote. You see I never downloaded the countries to the unit. Once that was done I went to the golf course and BINGO there it was as advertised. My only excuse is that I'm old and was in too much of a hurry to read all the directions. Excited too I guess. Once again I apologise for jumping the gun. The unit is fantastic.

June 2016

Golf Buddy only works from Men's tees. Not much use to lady golfers. Very confusing for us ladies. Other brands work perfectly. Very disappointed with my Golf Buddy.

July 2015

Disappointed that after less than 12 months the battery has gone and I don't know how to replace it. Does anyone know?

May 2015

Got this via ebay brand new and after PC connection for registration was able to quickly update for the latest course info for my most likely golf in seconds. A few extra minutes are required to fully grasp how to change satellite time for BST, but that sorted off I went to my golf club excited and nervous as we have 2 courses. Walked to 1st tee and select play option and almost instantly distance to hole displayed of the course I was playing, my concerns were misplaced. Moved onto each hole automatically and the green dynamic display did adjust as I circumnavigated the 3rd green, so it helps that your playing the narrow side on distances not pre-set front, middle n back. It works straight off, just charge it and play.

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