Best Golf Rangefinder Under $200

So just what is a Golf Rangefinder? Well, as the name suggests, it’s a really handy piece of hardware that allows the user to find out exactly how far they are from a determined point on a golf course. There are basically two types, GPS and laser. With a GPS Rangefinder, all the information is pre-mapped and loaded on to the equipment. With a laser, you simply point the Rangefinder at an object and press a button for the reading to be displayed. Pretty helpful when you’re looking to play the perfect shot every time!

Rangefinders do funny things to people. Mention them quietly in golfing circles because people will either wax lyrical about how useful they are or tell you that they’re ruining the game. You see, a Rangefinder is just one of those things that people either love or hate, they’re the New England Patriots of Golf.

Personally, I’m all in favor. Golf is a difficult enough pastime as it is (speaking from personal experience!) and I need all the help I can get. I appreciate that there’s a real skill involved in being able to judge the distance from the flag, but very few of us are professionals, what we want is anything to help us improve our game and that’s what a Rangefinder can do, tell you exactly the distance you the distance you need to hit the ball to get it in that darn hole! Things change and equipment becomes available to make you better at what you love doing, so why not use it?

There are any number to choose from, with some great features. Whilst Rangefinders can cost as much $1000 dollars for the very best, we are going to see what’s available on a smaller budget, as we look to find The Best Golf Rangefinder Under $200.

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Tec Tec Tec Laser Golf Rangefinder VPRO500S Slope with Battery

The top selection is this Rangefinder from Tec Tec Tec. A new name in the golfing world, this product will give more expensive Rangefinders from higher profile brands a run for their money.

The VPRO550S is light and fully waterproof, so you don’t need to worry about it getting wet in bad weather. Despite its weight, it feels sturdy, it’s compact with a 6x magnification (many are 5x) and a distance range of 540 yards, good enough for even the longest holes.

It has a good size lens, with clear readings and will give accuracy within 1 meter. A couple of features I really like are its target seeker, able to give readings for over lapping objects, which is great when you have a number things in view. It also has a slope mode which calculates not just the distance to your object, but the distance taking into account the trajectory of the shot that you need to make.

The VPR0550S is small enough to fit into a pocket between play, readings are taken quickly so they’ll be no slowing down of play and reassuringly, it comes with both a 30 day money back guarantee and 2 year warranty. If you haven’t used a Rangefinder before, a user guide is also included.

Main Features:

  • 6x magnification
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Slope mode
  • Price

Our Top 5 Picks

Top Pick

Tec Tec Tec Laser Golf Rangefinder VPRO500S Slope with Battery

  • 6x magnification
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Slope mode
  • Price

Runner Up

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch

  • Convenient to use
  • Hi resolution display
  • Pre-loaded with details for 40,000 courses
  • Doubles as a watch
  • Stats and activity tracker

Best on a Budget

Pinsightz Golf Range

  • 656 yards maximum read
  • Vibrate notification
  • Fog mode
  • Scan surround

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Boblov Rangefinder

  • 6x magnification
  • Lightweight
  • Vibrate notification
  • Price
  • Re-chargeable battery

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Bushnell Phantom Handheld Golf GPS

  • 35,000 courses included
  • Shot distance tracker
  • Portable charger
  • Magnetic

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Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch

The runner up selection is a GPS Rangefinder from Garmin, a name synonymous with navigation technology.

The Rangefinder can be used also be used as a normal watch, so it’s really convenient to use, no having to take it out of a pocket or golf bag for each shot and it’s packed full of information. With a clear, high resolution display that you’ll have no trouble reading, even in bright sunlight. There are a whopping 40,000 courses pre-loaded with automatic updates for those courses that you play on a regular basis. You get not only the distance to the flag, but also 9 different options to choose from, depending on where it is positioned on the day you are playing.

It’s not just an incredibly accurate Rangefinder though. It’s also a statistic and activity tracker, meaning that it will record every shot made, total putts taken and greens hit in regulation, all of which can subsequently be analyzed and downloaded. In addition, the S20GPS can display distance walked, calories burned and steps taken during your round.

This is a really smart piece of kit that looks great simply as a watch. If you want (or need) to be contacted whilst on the course, it will also act as an extension to your phone via a Bluetooth connection and display email or text alerts.

Main Features:

  • Convenient to use
  • Hi resolution display
  • Pre-loaded with details for 40,000 courses
  • Doubles as a watch
  • Stats and activity tracker

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Pinsightz Golf Range

Given its cost of this Rangefinder from Pinsightz is brilliant and I was sorely tempted to have it as the Top Pick!

It has all the features you would expect to find out a much more expensive model including accurate distance readings up to a huge 656 yards, the ability to scan all your surroundings, vertical height between two objects and 6x magnification.

Unlike our top picks, the Pinsightz has two super additional features which are a ‘fog suppression’ mode ensuring precise readings even when visibility is poor and it also vibrates when you have locked on to a target, so you know that you have exactly the object/distance that you want.

The manufacturer has a really good reputation for customer service and it’s very hard to find fault with our Budget Choice. If I had some slight concerns, it is that it doesn’t feel quite as sturdy as our other selections and I would be worried that this may make it more liable to damage. It’s also unclear as to whether it’s waterproof.

Main Features:

  • 656 yards maximum read
  • Vibrate notification
  • Fog mode
  • Scan surround

Other Recommended Choices

If you’re not satisfied with the previous options, here are a couple more you

should definitely consider!

Boblov Rangefinder

Boblov Rangefinder

I’ve included this product from Boblov, primarily due to its price, because I think it’s real value for money. It’s lightweight and you’ll barely notice it in your pocket, has 6x magnification, vibrate notification when you’ve located your object and accuracy within 1 meter.

Of course it doesn’t have the quality feel or look of our other selections but it’s a perfectly decent product which has a handy inbuilt re-chargeable lithium battery (USB cable included).

Main Features:

  • 6x magnification
  • Lightweight
  • Vibrate notification
  • Price
  • Re-chargeable battery

Bushnell Phantom Handheld Golf GPS

Bushnell Phantom Handheld Golf GPS

The final selection is from Bushnell, a brand that is considered amongst the very best in this sector – most of their products are far too expensive for this article! The Phantom is a simple, no frills, handheld golf GPS.

So what you get is a fairly basic product in terms of features, but one that is very well made and reliable. It has a total of 35,000 courses pre-loaded with shot distance tracker and a portable battery charger included. It also comes with Bushnell’s own golf app which has some pretty neat 3-d flyovers of each hole and club recommendation. A really strong magnet within the device allows for it to be attached to a golf cart or a belt buckle between shot.

Main Features:

  • 35,000 courses included
  • Shot distance tracker
  • Portable charger
  • Magnetic