Hi. Today we’re taking a look at the Bushnell neo+ GPS rangefinder. We honestly think this is one of the best values in the golf GPS market. It’s a pretty basic unit, but it has several features, that we think, are really important.
It’s preloaded with over 25,000 golf courses. There no membership fees. It includes distances to the front middle and back of every green, and also to key hazards and layup areas. The battery life is excellent, and it has a very high sensitivity GPS receiver. We read dozens and dozens of user reviews and the thing, that was most often mentioned was how easy the Bushnell neo+ is to use. So let’s take a look…
When you power it up, you will see “Play Golf” is highlighted and you can simply push the OK SHOT button to get started. Next you will see a list of courses nearby and you can use the arrow keys to scroll through the list. You just highlight the course you will be playing and press the OK SHOT button again. On the main display, it shows the hole number and the distance to the center on the top and on the bottom row you’ll see the distance to the front and to the back to the green.
The Bushnell neo+ features Auto Hole Advance, so you won’t need to worry about pressing any buttons to go between holes. That’s why some people won’t ever need to touch it after the first tee. To get distances to hazards and layup targets, all you have to do is press the SCREEN button. You’ll see a list of targets. The target names are abbreviated, so you can see EOF would mean End of Fairway. RGB would be Right Greenside Bunker. LFB means the Left Fairway Bunker WTR of course means a water hazard. From there to get back to main screen, just push the SCREEN button again. If you want to measure the distance of your drive, you simply press the SHOT OK button before you leave the teeing ground. You will see the shot distance is 0, and as you start moving forward you’ll see it display the distance, that you are from the tee box. So when you get to your ball you can just look at that number and see how far you’ve hit it! You can do it for any shot and you can continue if you want to reset it from you next shot, you just hit the OK SHOT button and it will take you back to zero. Or you can press the ESC MENU button to go back to main screen.
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As you can see, this is a very easy unit to use, but look at all the other good things that users said about it in their reviews. They felt it was accurate, they liked the price, they liked the size and there’s just a whole list of good things, that were being said. Overwhelmingly the feedback was good, but we also took note of any negative comments.
A few users said that Bushnell golf rangefinder failed to locate their course occasionally. Fortunately, you can manually search for a course if it’s not showing up in the list.
We agree that registration by computer is always a downer, but it is required within the first forty-five days after your first use. Registration is pretty easy and it does get your course database up-to-date, so we think that is worth doing and advise that you do it before your first round. Just connect the cable that comes with it to hook the neo+ to the computer. Go to iGolf.com, and click the Join Now button at the top of the screen. Fill out the required information under the Join Now form. If you need to get your Product ID, look at the label on the back of the device. Once you get into the registration area, just click “Sync” and your device and your device will be updated and ready to go.
Again, we think the Bushnell neo+ is one of the best values in the golf GPS market. Thanks!