Bushnell Tour V3 Golf Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Golf Rangefinder

The Bushnell Tour V3 Golf Range Finder is a fantastic option for a low cost range finder. First released in 2013 to replace the Bushnell V2, the first in the Bushnell line with Jolt technology was their big push. The V2 at the time was the go-to Bushnell rangefinder, and many people felt the V3 was just a play by Bushnell to repackage the V2 rangefinder with a fancy new shell and sell it as new technology. These people were proven wrong when they tried out the V3 on the course. The speed and accuracy of the rangefinder far surpassed the old V2. Adding the Jolt technology to reaffirm when your target was found was a perk the users jumped on. Overall, this device was much more than a rebranded V2, it truly was a new device, and continues to compete with the current market of range finders.

Bushnell Tour V3 Range Finder Considerations

Accuracy:

Manufacture Listed Accuracy:
+/- one yard of accuracy

Field Test Accuracy:
Field test results for all of our rangefinders is coming in October of 2017.

Price:

Expected price range is $199 – $249 on Amazon.

Range & Speed:

Manufacture specifications:
Range finding performance of 10 to 1,000 yards; 300 yards to flag.
5x magnification and a 24mm objective

Field Test Speed:
Field test results for all of our rangefinders is coming in October of 2017.

On-the-course:
Accuracy: In my on-course test of the Bushnell V3 I found the device to be very consistent. I never had more than a 1-yard difference in reading, which holds true to the one yard of accuracy listed by Bushnell. With over 40 readings taken from varying distances from 70 to over 260 yards there were no missed flags. The only place I was unable to get a measurement to the stick was from 330+ yards, well beyond of the manufacture-listed specs.

Durability:

This rangefinder has a standard plastic outer shell, with no signs of metal anywhere. It feels well built and after spending many rounds sitting loose in a golf bag shows no signs of wear. The range finder comes with a carry case that handily clips onto your golf bag for quick access and helps protect the unit when moving your golf bag around.

Is it tournament approved?:

Yup! This range finder does not include slope measurement. It is tournament and GHIN handicap approved.

Size/weight:

Manufacture Specifications:
Dimensions: 4.3×2.8×1.6in
Weight: 6.6oz

In our 3-way course test, the Bushnell Tour V3 was actually the least comfortable to hold in my hand. It’s square shape and bulkier dimensions didn’t make for a good fit in my hand. I had no issues using the device; it just felt less natural than the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder or the Nikon Coolshot 40i.

From left to right: Bushnell Hybrid, Bushnell Tour V3, Nikon Coolshot 40i.
Golf Rangefinders from field test including Bushnell Tour V3
Golf Rangefinders from field test

Battery Life:

Battery Type: Devices uses disposable 3V battery
With Jolt technology turned on, you can expect the battery to last about 20 rounds of golf. You can definitely stretch that number if you don’t use the jolt feature.

Overall:

It’s hard to argue with the price and consistency of this rangefinder. It’s quick to pick up flags, small enough to store inside or outside of your bag, and backed by the Bushnell Golf name. If I were buying my next rangefinder to use as my every-day unit, this would be a top contender.

Bushnell Golf V3 Tour Rangefinder

9.8

Accuracy

9.7/10

Range

10.0/10

Speed

10.0/10

Optics

9.5/10

Build Quality, Size, & Features

10.0/10

Value

9.7/10

Pros

  • Jolt & Pin Seeker Technology
  • Tour Approved
  • Good optics, easy viewing
  • Fast readings
  • No missed readings inside 300 yards

Cons

  • Larger than other units
  • Must keep extra battery on hand
  • No integrated GPS
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