The GolfBuddy VT3 is the 9th (yup, NINTH) device that GolfBuddy has added to their lineup (which is insane, but we’ll leave that for later comment), this device a part of their combo watch/voice/belt clipped device family. The VT3 provides everything in the GolfBuddy Voice+, which includes pre-loaded courses and no membership or download fees, a dynamic green view and changes based on player position, distances to near and far points on the green, and, of course, the ability for the device to speak distances. The VT3 steps things up a bit more, adding a touchscreen (thus the hardware is slightly different) which provides the ability to place the flagstick on the image of the green to obtain more accurate distances. The VT3 also has the ability to score.

GolfBuddy VT3

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Downsides? The GolfBuddy doesn’t provide distances to hazards, which is a bummer. We also find the GolfBuddy devices that have the ability to be used both attached to a wristband and clipped to a belt a bit non-committal, with the result being a designed that isn’t a polished-looking as other watches, with features that most users that won’t take advantage of (our bet is that most buyers don’t use the voice capabilities nor will they detach the wristband and use the VT3 clipped to their belt). Lastly, the cost of the GolfBuddy VT3 is significantly higher than the GolfBuddy Voice+, and it is one of the highest priced watches overall, both which make us wonder how it will fare.

Retail price: $299.99
Three year total cost: $299.99
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