Re: Rangefinder or GPS....wheres the best money spent?I own both a GolfLogix GPS and a Bushnell Tour V2 laser, and both have their uses.
But if I was to go with just one, it would be the laser. It requires no planning ahead, no subscriptions, the battery lasts me all season, and I'm not dependent on what some programmer decided to include in the hole layout.
Yesterday I played a course on the spur of the moment, a nice little par 3 course, and it wasn't one that I'd downloaded for the GPS, so I took the laser. If I didn't have the laser I'd have been completely at the mercy of the scorecard, and on at least 2 holes I'd have been off by more than 10 yards. On the 6th hole the te tee box was being rebuilt, and the temp tee was 159 yards... card for the regular tee was 195. There are no marked sprinklers on the course, so its the card/sign yardage or you are just guessing. With smallish greens, that made the laser essential if you really expected to shoot any kind of a decent score.
Dub, if I were you, I'd go with a good laser, making sure that it has a pinseeking mode. You can turn that feature on and off as needed, but it's essential for picking the flag out of any background clutter. The laser is just far more versatile than the GPS. The only thing that a GPS does better is on a blind shot, and on most properly constructed courses that is an exception, not the rule. Neither unit is perfect, but the laser is a better, more hassle-free choice if you're only buying one.
And there's no reason that you can't still use the new laser for hunting too.