Summary: It didn't work for me the first time I used it. First it's taking a lot of time to download going the next hole, the touch screen doesn't really help much. The laser finder would be much convenient just point and get the reading rather than this sg5.
Summary: I give it two stars. One for each year it worked. It did work well for those two years. All of a sudden this year it won't go longer than 3 holes before it says the battery is about dead. It then shuts down. After the round I check the battery with the diagnostics and it says 70%. Try to use it again, the same pattern happens. I had the battery tested by Interstate Batteries and without having recharged it, the battery was 100% charged.
Summary: It takes a computer to download courses and if you are away from home and don't know the course names before leaving home, it's of no use. $40 /year to usew is rediculous since others are free.
Summary: This is the 2nd Skycaddie I've owned and purchased this after my original Skycaddie finally died. After two years of (alot) of use I am very disappointed that I could get no more usage out of the SG5 because of battery issues. I replaced the battery (at some significant cost...) and the SG5 doesn't even last through the round and completely shuts down after about 14 holes. I will not buy another Skycaddie because of the battery problems.
Summary: I have owned this unit for several years and have to say that the experience has been an ongoing marathon of annoyance and inconvenience. Adding a course to the unit is made as difficult as possible because it cannot ever be done without first installing the never ending stream of new software or updates. What should take 5 minutes always takes 30 or more.
Ok, but not great...expensive...and better things out there
18 July 2011
Summary: I received the SG5 for my first Father's Day almost 3 years ago. I have used it for many rounds and never really thought too much of how it performed as I liked it and I loved having access to yardage information in my pocket. The SkyCaddie does a fine job of determining distances and it is easy to enter the pin location on the green. That is what we want from a Golf GPS, so why the 2 star review?
Summary: Mine has worked great on the course, but there are significant drawbacks in the software that just have no excuse. Until recently, you could keep score with the Skycaddie, but not save them. Really?? can't save them? The best rated device on the market and you can't save your scores? Well, they fixed that last year - hurray. I just added one new course to my favorites and am currently downloading to my Skycaddie.
Have been using SG5 for two years - definitely some issues
Stefan Pantu "Stefan", Amazon
30 July 2010
Summary: When I first bought the SkyCaddie SG5, it seemed good enough but over the last two years there have been many issues. Most anoying is that no GPS will give you exact distance to any pin, just front, back and center. If you guess the wrong pin position, you could be one club off and congrats you have a really long put or chip for birdie. Another issue with the SG5 is battery life: be prepared to recharge it every 2 rounds.
Summary: I own a first generation SkyCaddie. The device works OK but does not do all of the things that they advertised. On a couple of occasions I have called the help line to ask a question. All I ever got was a voice message telling me that they will call me back. Never once did they return my call. I sent emails but those were never answered either. My membership ends in December, and I debated about renewing my subscription. Eventually, I renewed in March.