Summary: I purchased the SG5 some time ago and I have used it over 50 times. Initially, I was pleased with the product, but I found the buttons and selections not very intuitive and battery life rather poor. I don't use the product any longer, as it has gradually developed an annoying habit of turning itself off and dumping hole scores and position just about every other hole. In fact, it will only "run" for about 15 minutes before shutting off - full battery or not.
Decent product, but look into other options first.
21 July 2011
Summary: Unit works great and gives fairly accurate yardage readings. Dont like the idea of having to pay yearly subscription fees unlike some other brands, but skycaddie customer service is great. I wish I would have looked into an SG3.5 first though...features are almost identical, screen display, and size of the unit are similar but the SG5 is quite a bit more $$$. Research the SG3.5 AND other brands before you buy.
Summary: I bought the SkyCaddie because I started playing a lot of different courses and found that distances were not well marked. The SkyCaddie has sped up the game by giving accurate distances. The display can sometimes be difficult to see and it is actually easier to see with the sun shining on the display. Operating the SkyCaddie with the buttons is sometimes difficult and it does not help that it does not come with a User's Manual.
Summary: Just keep in mind you have to repay the membership fee every year or you SkyCaddie deactivates the courses you have downloaded. It just happened to me and I called SkyGolf to confirm. $50 per year for the multistate membership is kind of expensive.
Summary: The SG5 has worked at all of the golf courses I've used it at. I've had some issues with the yardage being off but most of the time it's pretty accurate. Battery life is pretty decent and will certainly last a round or two. My issue has to do with price and the ability to customize. First off, price. A few hundred dollars for golf GPS software plus the yearly fee isn't exactly cheap. Second, what do you do if the green is off by 30 yards? It's happened several times.
Summary: I have the sg5 & it is fairly easy to use although the hazards are sometimes not very well marked on the screen. It has definitely helped my game, but getting new courses listed is nearly impossible, I requested a course months ago, still waiting. Not very professional for the annual fee charged. "Walking a course" is useless if noone will do it! If I had the choice I would go with golflogix, course requested was on the system in 3 days.