The upside with SkyCaddie watches has always been they are more than distance-measuring devices. They also feature fitness functions like a stopwatch, pedometer and calorie counter. The downside, though, was that to take full advantage of its course-mapping features, you had to pay an annual fee.
With the SkyCaddie LINX ($250, available in March), there are no charges for access to basic distances on more than 34,000 courses (yardages to the front, center and back of greens via its GPS technology). Users can upgrade their LINX ($50 for a year) to track stats and view green shapes and distances to up to 40 additional hazards/carries per hole.
The LINX comes in seven colors and is Bluetooth-enabled to sync with a complementary app for iPhone and Android.