Using a GPS Rangefinder on a Links Golf Course

Although GPS rangefinders are probably the most high tech thing on the golf course, they can be used in nearly any setting. A question I am frequently asked is whether GPS rangefinders are appropriate for use on a links golf course.

Links golf courses are some of the oldest golf courses that exist today. They are also some of the best golf courses to play on as they offer traditional settings that can take you back to a simpler time. For a traditional golfer, this is what makes the appeal of links golf courses so great.


Many links courses retain elements of the past whereby grass is naturally fertilized and kept short by cows, and holes are cut using even the most basic of machinery. It is therefore no wonder some people are left wondering if a device as high tech as a GPS rangefinder will work in such a setting.

Pairing high technology on a links golf course can raise questions, but most GPS rangefinders do include many links courses as standard, and ones that are not included are usually downloadable. This is due to some links courses being the most popular of golf courses in the world.

Now, for sensor GPS devices, the answer may be very different. Many links golf courses are located in quite desolate spaces of the world, and GPS signal on these devices may be limited. In these circumstances, a laser rangefinder may be more appropriate.

A big part of deciding between a GPS rangefinder and a laser rangefinder will be where you intend to use it, and depending on their location, a GPS rangefinder can be perfect for links courses.

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