GPS manufacturer TomTom has launched a sports watch in a similar vein to its Runner
devices, aimed at golfers. The aptly-named TomTom Golfer
can provide players with information about their next shot, including how far the pin and hazards are from the ball, the best approach to the green, and also keeps track of the score, distance, and time for the round.
The watch holds data for more than 34,000 golf courses around the world, writes Engadget
, with the timepiece able to receive daily course updates via a smartphone connection, and can help locate nearby courses. Using a 1.29-inch 144x168-resolution display, the watch can graphically show where hazards are in relation to the pin and the player, along with the types of grass or hazards around the green, with the device waterproof to 5ATM, making it able to withstand rain and a potential submergence in a water hazard.
TomTom has made the Golfer available to pre-order for 249 euro ($315) in Europe, with units expected to ship within the next 30 days in Europe. While it has a listing on the US TomTom site, showing a price of $250, the page does not currently offer the option to purchase the device, though this may change in the future.