Garmin Approach S60 vs S60 Premium Review 2023: Read Before You Buy

In this post, I’m going to be comparing the Garmin Approach S60 standard golf watch to the Garmin S60 premium. I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of each, which is best for you, and the cheapest place to pick them up.

In short, is the Garmin S60 premium worth the extra money? The Garmin S60 is my favorite golf-specific watch and I would highly recommend it. The premium edition does have a few more non-golf features and is around $100 more. That being said, I probably would still go with the standard edition because the scratch-resistant face and the leather strap don’t justify the higher price (in my opinion).

If that’s all you were looking for then great. If you want a more detailed review of each or the cheapest place to pick them up, continue reading.


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Garmin Approach S60 Standard

This is a high-end golf watch from Garmin that’s actually my favorite because it offers the most features out of any watch.

The standard model comes with color maps, touch targeting, green view, pin positioning, scorecard, plays like feature, and has club tracking features.

It’s currently priced at around $350 and is only recommended if you have the spare cash lying around and you plan on using it often.

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Garmin Approach S60 Premium

The S60 premium edition is around $100 more than the S60, has pretty much the same golf features, but is better in terms of build quality.

The first difference is the bezel material. The standard has a polymer bezel while the premium has a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel.

The second is the watchband. The standard has a silicon band while the premium comes with a nicer leather band.

Pros Of The S60

  • They both come with fitness and activity tracking.
  • My favorite feature was the shot tracking which showed you your entire round after.
  • You can download different apps and different faces.

Cons Of The S60

  • I don’t find watches very comfortable (but that’s more of a personal thing).
  • It would be nice for them to have a heart rate monitor (the Garmin X40 does).
  • They are the most expensive golf-specific watches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are putts and chips tracked on the Garmin S60?

A. Putts aren’t and chips around the green sometimes are and sometimes aren’t.

Q. Do you need to connect the S60 to a phone for the GPS to work?

A. No, it’s a standalone device.

Q. How many courses are on the Garmin S60 and where?

A. Over 40,000 from around the world.

Q. Are there any Garmin watches that come with a heart rate monitor?

A. The Garmin Approach X40 does.

Q. What features does the S60 have that most cheaper watches don’t?

A. Most don’t have a touchscreen, no overhead course maps, and no plays like or touch targeting.

Q. Why is my Garmin S60 not recording my shots?

A. You probably have it on the wrong wrist. It needs to be on your head hand.

Which Would I Recommend?

Like I was saying before, the Garmin S60 is my favorite golf watch and I would recommend it.

There are things that could be improved (more responsive and better battery life) but the features are the best out of any other golf watch.

I don’t see much of a reason to spend the extra money for the premium so I’d go with the standard.

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Last update on 2023-07-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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