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The Best Golf Rangefinder to Give Dad on Father's Day

Looking for a great golf gift idea for Father's Day?
We go over the best laser rangefinders for Dad.  

Every golfer wants to take the guesswork out of distance to the flag and strokes off their game. That's why a laser rangefinder is a great Father's Day gift if your pop likes to golf.

Not all rangefinders are created equal. They range from basic to high-end. And as expected, the ones that are loaded with more features come with a higher price tag, too.  

In this article, we recommend some of the top brands in golf rangefinders—like Garmin, Nikon, and Bushnell. We'll go over the features of each model and get you pointed toward the best laser rangefinder for the Dad in your life.


A Quick Refresher on How a Golf Laser Rangefinder Works

    • It sends out a laser that bounces off your target — the pin, for example.
    • Next it measures the amount of time it takes for the laser to return to the rangefinder.
    • Using this data, it calculates the distance to the object and displays it on the screen.

This, of course, is a basic description of the technology. Read on to see how each model has impressed us with their brand-specific features.

The Garmin Approach Z82 Golf Laser Rangefinder with GPS

What we love about the Garmin Approach Z82 laser rangefinder is that you get some off the same great features that you get with the Garmin Golf GPS golf watches—the Approach S12/S42/S62.

Greenview shows you distances to the back, middle, and front of the green. Playslike Distance adjusts distances for uphill or downhill shots. PinPointer shows you the direction in blind spots.

Other solid laser rangefinder features to have include:

    • Laser Range Arc
    • Hazard View
    • Display of wind speed and direction
    • 41,000+ preloaded golf courses around the world
    • Lock in on the flag with image stabilization and a confirmation vibration
    • Tournament mode with an indicator light


The Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED golf rangefinder does what a high-end laser rangefinder should do: makes all lesser rangefinders seem broken. In other words, Dad will be spoiled by this technology. Here's why:

    • Game-changing stabilization technology reduces natural or wind-caused handshake by 80%
    • HYPER READ provides accurate measurements in .3 seconds
    • Nikon's DUAL LOCKED ON ECHO technology gives you visual and audible confirmation that you've locked onto the flagstick.
    • Slope-adjusted distances
    • LED indicator for tournament compliance
    • 6x magnification power
    • bright, crystal-clear OLED display
    • Waterproof and fogproof

Get more details from the PlayBetter blog:




The Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder

Why the Bushnell Pro XE high-end laser rangefinder? Because Bushnell Golf has 65 years in the high-performance sports optics sector, and their rangefinders dominate in preference among PGA pros.

So give Dad the golf laser rangefinder the pros prefer to practice with, which includes features like:

  • The Elements feature that takes slope to the next level by factoring in Barometric pressure (temperature and elevation)
  • Slope-compensated distances
  • Grab and go integrated BITE magnetic technology—stick it to the cart!
  • Know when you've targeted the flagstick with Bushnell's PinSeeker technology with JOLT
  • Stunning definition with 7x magnification
  • Waterproof

Learn more in our Bushnell Pro XE vs Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED article!

The COOLSHOT 50i Golf Laser Rangefinder

Another great Father's Day gift idea is Nikon's COOLSHOT 50i golf laser rangefinder. It's got a more mid-level price, but is still loaded with user requested high-end features. We especially like that it's so versatile and has a stylish new design.

Upgrades to this 2021 laser rangefinder with an attractive Father's Day gift price include:

    • DUAL LOCKED ON QUAKE technology lets you skip guessing the distance with a gentle vibration and visual confirmation of your target
    • A built-in mounting magnet so you can stick it on your cart or bag
    • Greater measurement range of 6-1,200 yards, accuracy of ±1m/yd
    • Rainproof
    • ID (incline/decline) slope-adjusted mode
    • A green LED indicator for use at official golf competitions
    • Automatic power shut off after 8 seconds unoperated

Get more details from the PlayBetter blog:

Nikon COOLSHOT 50i Upgrades

Nikon COOLSHOT 50i vs Bushnell Tour V5


The Bushnell Tour V5 Laser Rangefinder

The best Father's Day golf gifts are the ones that have high-end technology at an attractive price.

The Tour V5 and Tour V5 Shift is Bushnell's latest generation of technology for precision and accuracy in this compact golf laser rangefinder. Features Dad will love include:

    • Available with or without slope-compensated distances
    • Grab and go integrated BITE magnetic technology—stick it to the cart!
    • Know when you've targeted the flagstick with Bushnell's PinSeeker technology with JOLT
    • 6x magnification power
    • Accuracy within 1 yard

Learn more in our Bushnell Tour V5 vs Nikon COOLSHOT 50i article!

The Bushnell Hybrid Golf Laser Rangefinder + GPS

This the perfect Father's Day golf gift that fully integrates laser and GPS distances in one golf rangefinder. The Bushnell Hybrid Golf Laser Rangefinder + GPS offers:

    • PinSeeker with JOLT giving Dad short vibrating pulses to confirm that the laser has locked onto the flag
    • More than 36,000 preloaded courses worldwide
    • Yardage accuracy of +/- 1 yard
    • Fast Focus System.
    • The Stabi-Grip Technology allows a comfortable and secure grip to the rangefinder
    • Score Tracking
    • GPS Distances
    • Tee Times
    • 3D Flyovers

The Wrap

Not sure if a golf laser rangefinder is the right golf gift for Dad? We've got lots of other Father's Day gift ideas on the store, including:

Get Dad a gift that gets him on!

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