Approach® S4

Part Number: 010-01212-00


The Golf GPS Like No Other

  • Touchscreen GPS golf watch with sunlight readable, high-resolution display
  • Extra long-life battery lasts 25% longer and up to 10 hours in GPS mode or 6 weeks in watch mode
  • Preloaded with more than 40,000 worldwide courses with no subscriptions or fees
  • Precise distance to the front, middle and back of the greens plus layups and doglegs
  • Detailed Stat tracking on the device for better analysis of your game
  • Smart Notification allows you to receive email, texts and alerts on your watch

The Approach S4 GPS golf watch is the next step for our touchscreen golf watch line-up. Loaded with more than 40,000 worldwide International courses and free lifetime updates, the stylish S4 is lightweight, comfortable and precise with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver. A dedicated GreenView button gives you quick access to the green with manual pin positioning once you’re there and better battery performance allows for round after round of precision golf.


Instant, Simple, Precise

Rugged and water-resistant to 10 meters, the Approach S4 golf watch is packed with more than 40,000 International courses. It displays yardages to the front, middle and back of of the green on a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen. It also lets you manually position pins, get distances to doglegs and layups, customise yardage points (mark bunkers and water hazards), and print digital scorecards for Stroke Play.

Dedicated GreenView Button

S4 features a dedicated GreenView button, which takes you to the GreenView screen in 1 push, no more scrolling through the menu. GreenView gives you the true shape from wherever you are on the course, even if you’re behind it.

Track Your Stats

Enhanced stats keeps track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. Check your stats after the round, or download and print them from your computer for into deep analysis of your game.


Touch and Move the Pin

GreenView shows you the true shape and layout of the green if you are behind it. On that screen, you can use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to the day’s location. This is especially helpful on par 3's where you’ll be able to dial in the distance you need to fire away with confidence.

Smart Notification

Never miss another text, email or RSS alert. S4 acts as a wireless extension of your compatible smartphone¹, displaying whatever your phone does, right on your watch. Now you can read that email or text you’ve been waiting for wirelessly — even in the middle of the fairway.


Longer Battery Life

S4 features more battery life for 25% longer play or more rounds. Get up to 10 hours in full GPS and 6 weeks in watch mode before the lithium-ion battery needs to be recharged.

Preloaded Courses and Free Updates

The S4 may be the size of a typical sports watch, but we've preloaded it with more than 40,000 courses from around the world — without extra fees or paid subscriptions. In addition, you'll be able to download free course updates whenever they become available.



Customise Distances

Approach S4 gives you distances to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as distances to doglegs. It also allows you to input and save customisable yardage points — such as water hazards or bunkers — from anywhere on the course.

Keep Score and See How Far

The S4 has digital scorecard options for individual players with Stroke Play and you can save, review, share and print scorecards from your computer. Plus, when you hit a big one you can see how far it went with the Measure Shot feature.


Everyday Watch with Style

The S4 functions as an everyday watch, with an odometer to see how far you walk. A round-timer also is included to keep track of how long it takes you to play 18 holes. It's available in 2 colours: black or white.

Approach is compliant with R&A rules. Permitted when Local Rule is in effect (see R&A Decision 14-3/0.5).


Approach S4

¹Compatible smartphones. Please note, you may need to update your phone software.

Device wear and care




Approach S4 shows you the true shape and layout of greens so even if you have an obstructed view, you’ll know where to aim. Plus, you can touch and drag the pin to the days’ location for even greater accuracy.


S4 Y


Precise Yardages

One glance at your wrist from any point on the course is all it takes to get yardages to the front, middle and back of greens with clear, easy-to-read numbering.


S4 L


Layup Distances

Course management is key – especially if you haven’t played a course before. Layup distances shows you the distances you need with yardages to doglegs and other hazards on the course.


S4 N


Smart Notification

Receive emails, texts and more, right on your watch. S4 displays alerts from the iPhone's Notification Centre wirelessly.

S4 N


No Downloads, No Setup

Say goodbye to subscriptions and fees – Approach S4 comes preloaded with more than 40,000 worldwide courses and sports a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.



Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions 1.83" x 2.41" x 0.58" x (4.6 cm x 6.13 x 1.48)
Display size, WxH 1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH 128 x 128 pixels
Display type High-res touchscreen
Negative mode display
Weight 2.06 oz (58.4 g)
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 6 weeks (watch mode); up to 10 hours (GPS mode)
Water rating 1 ATM (10 meters)
High-sensitivity receiver
Interface USB
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)

Maps & Memory

Preloaded course maps Yes (worldwide)

Golfing Features

Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)
Yardage to layups/doglegs
Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance)
Digital scorecard Yes (Stroke Play for a single player)
Computer scorecard review (save and review scores on computer)
Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference)



Dedicated GreenView button: Yes

Smart Notifications: Yes

In the Box

  • Approach S4
  • Charging/Data clip
  • Manual


Approach S4 comes with more than 40,000 courses from around the world. Free course updates are available from Garmin Express and make full coverage available for all of the countries illustrated on the map in blue. However, because of memory limitations and the continuous increase of golf course coverage, the update can only be performed for 2 preloaded maps. When updating courses, Garmin Express allows for the selection of any 2 of the 3 regions to update at 1 time onto the device. Once updated, the S4 can store any 2 of the 3 regions on the device. Regions can always be changed at a later time.

Coverage Map


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