Garmin Approach G30 GPS Review

The G30 is one of Garmin's most impressive GPS devices

Garmin G30

The Garmin Approach G30 GPS boasts expanded features from some of their earlier products to offer a complete package. We take a look at everything the G30 offers.

The G30 GPS includes more functions and some additional features to stand out from other similar products in the Garmin range of distance measuring devices for more than 40,000 courses worldwide.

The G30 is a lightweight option on the course that can be clipped to a bag or belt or placed in a pocket, and provides measurements and course views to help you make an informed choice.


What Garmin says about the G30 GPS:

“The Approach G30 GPS golf device is compact so you can easily slip it into and out of your pocket, or take advantage of versatile mounting options to stash it nearly anywhere — including your belt, pull cart or golf bag — and easily slide it in and out with one hand.

“You see full-colour maps of the entire course with CourseView, and with just a tap on the flag, you can zoom in on the green.

“Green View gives you its true orientation from wherever you are on the course — even if you’re behind it — and it allows you to manually place the pin in the correct location for the day, giving you more accurate yardage.

“Digital scorecard makes it easy to keep scores for up to four players, and it automatically uploads to Garmin Connect when synced. And with stat tracking, you can keep track of putts, greens in regulation and fairways hit. Plus, it features an odometer and round timer for even more data on your game.”

Garmin Approach G30 GPS Features and Design

The Garmin G30 has information on more than 40,000 courses worldwide with GPS tracking providing up-to-date distances to the green, doglegs and hazards.

Garmin Approach G30

A 2.3-inch sunlight-readable colour touchscreen gives a clear view of any course and its details. The Touch Targeting function provides even more accuracy, helping players to pick a precise spot and measure the distance.

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There is also Big Number mode, which helps players to see distance and yardage to a specific place on any hole.

The G30 has a built-in digital scorecard that can record the scores of up to four players per round.

Tracking progress is possible via the TruSwing Integration that provides notifications to smartphones for scores and data from each round.

Garmin Approach G30

A lithium-ion battery with 15-hour battery life from a one-hour charge also means players can keep track of their score with ease.

Updates for the preloaded software are also available for users while free downloads occur throughout the year.

Is the Garmin G30 a good GPS?

All-round, the G30 is a solid and reliable GPS device that will not disappoint – even at the price. All of the features golfers could need in a distance measuring device are present.

It is also easy to use with the 2.3-inch display and the Big Number function is an impressive addition from other models, making reading distances easier.

Garmin G30

The Garmin G30 is lightweight and easy to carry, making it an unintrusive piece of kit to have in the bag or a pocket.

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How much does the Garmin G30 GPS cost?

It costs between £180/$245 and £280/$381 depending on the retailer.

How do you use the G30 GPS?

The Garmin G30 can be carried in a pocket or clipped on to a bag or belt. An easy to navigate touchscreen and high-quality screen makes using the G30 easy and user friendly when selecting course, hole and details.

Does the G30 have any additional features?

The G30 has many additional features including an odometer, round timer and it is compatible with Garmin Connect allowing tracking and monitoring of scores and data.