Garmin Approach S70 Golf Watch Review (NEW for 2023)

The S70 is Garmin's most advanced golf watch to date

The S70 comes with 43,000 courses pre-loaded.

Garmin Approach S70 Watch

The Garmin Approach S70 golf watch is the most advanced yet with an entire toolbox of accessories to help you discover the best and worst parts of your game.

Launched in 2023, the S70 takes things to the next level with improved maps, more accurate distances on the course and a huge range of insights into your game once your round is completed.

The Garmin S70 now boasts club recommendations, play-like distances to take into account weather and course conditions, analysis of your shots via the GPS tracking and much more.

We take a look at what is new compared to older models, how each feature works and just how beneficial splashing out on the new S70 will be.

What Garmin says about the Approach S70 golf watch:

“Meet Approach S70, the premium GPS golf watch with the tools and insights you’ll need to improve your game both on and off the course.

“Your Approach S70 golf watch comes preloaded with more than 43,000 full-colour CourseView maps of golf courses from around the world. Download updates for the course you play most often.

“Get a club recommendation based on wind, elevation, your swing data and more. A new shot dispersion chart quickly shows what hazards may be in play depending on your club choice.

“Know how far each shot is truly playing with yardage adjusted for elevation changes as well as environmental conditions.

“Build the foundation for a better game with preloaded activity profiles for strength, HIIT, yoga, running and more.”

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Garmin Approach S70 Golf Watch Features & Design

Garmin have added a whole host of improved and new features in the new S70, which is the most technologically advanced golf watch yet from the leading manufacturer.

Get distances to the front, middle and back of the green, hazards and areas of over 43,000 courses worldwide, with greater accuracy that previous models, as well as enhanced shaping and images of the green from your angle of attack.

The new enhanced maps also provide you with the slope direction of some greens, although this is only available for users with an active Garmin Golf membership.

Another new feature is the Play-Like conditions which provide you not only with the yardage distances but also how the current conditions and how the elevation affects the reading.

The virtual caddy feature gives you a club recommendation based on all of that information as well as your previous data store from past rounds.

Those stats are stored thanks to the AutoShot round analyser, which tracks every shot played on the course, the distance and dispersion via club sensors.

The S70 is available with three colour options: black, white and grey.

Verdict: Is the Garmin Approach S70 Golf Watch any good?

Garmin have taken things to the next level with the S70, adding a virtual caddie to the list of features to give you every possible aid in your bag (or watch) on the course.

From plays-like distances to club recommendations, you have everything at your disposal in the most complete golf watch yet from Garmin.

It is hard improving on some of the previous models that have been among the best sellers, but Garmin have managed to do that. The only downside is the hefty price tag.


What is the Garmin S70 watch release date?

The watch was first launched in May 2023.

How much does the Garmin Approach S70 Golf Watch cost?

The watch retails at $800 / £650.

How many courses are available on the Garmin Approach S70 Watch?

The watch comes pre-loaded with 43,000 courses worldwide.

What colours does the Garmin S70 watch come in?

The S70 is available with three colour options: black, white and grey.