Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review

Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review

By Paul Liberatore



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If you’re an avid golfer and still don’t have a distance measuring device, you’re not only missing out, but you’re costing yourself a lot of strokes.

With the advances that have been made in modern golf technology, calculating distances and picking the right club has never been easier.

But a problem a lot of Golfer’s Authority readers seem to be running into is choosing the right distance measuring device for their game and needs. Some of the stuff out there is so technologically advanced you need a degree in electrical engineering to figure out how to use it. And I don’t know about you, but that’s definitely not me.

The good news is that there are some simpler, easy-to-use options out there for those of us that aren’t as technologically inclined.

One of my favorites is the Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS. Bushnell is a name you can trust, and this GPS gives you everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

Let’s have a closer look.

Key Features

Large transflective display is clear and easy to read.

Yardages to hazards make course management much easier.

Green View feature allows you to pinpoint the exact location of the pin for precise yardages.

Design and Technology

Just because the Phantom 2 doesn’t have all the features and capabilities of some of the most expensive rangefinders and GPSs, doesn’t mean it’s lacking in the least.

More than 38,000 courses have been preloaded to the Phantom 2. That means that no matter where you play, the GPS will automatically recognize the course. No more having to download a new track the night before, and hope it loads when you arrive the next day. Just turn the Phantom 2 on and you’re ready to head to the tee. 

The display on the Phantom 2 is significantly larger than that of the original Phantom. It measures 37 mm X 37 mm. The screen is transflective and the big bold numbers are easy to read in any lighting condition. When you’re on the course, you’ll always have yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green. 

With just the click of a button, you’ll have access to up to six yardages to hazards and other points of interest on every hole.

Once you’ve hit your tee shot, switch over to the Green View screen. This screen gives you a bird’s eye view of the green and allows you to move the pin around with your finger for even more precise approach shot yardages.

Even though the Phantom 2 is small enough to fit in your pocket, I don’t recommend doing so as it can fall out. Instead use the integrated Bite magnet to attach it to the frame of your golf cart if you’re riding. If you’re walking, use the carabiner to attach it to a loop or zipper on your golf bag. 

Other features included with the Phantom 2 are auto hole advance, auto course recognition, and a shot distance calculator that lets you know how far you hit your last shot. 

If you’re going to buy the Phantom 2, do yourself a favor and download the Bushnell Golf app. The app gives you access to lots of additional features, and even tracks key stats to help you keep improving. It also makes updating the GPS super simple. 

Bushnell stands behind their products, that’s one thing I’ve always appreciated about the brand. The Phantom 2 comes with a one-year warranty and customer support is top-notch.


  • Enlarged display and transflective screen make it easy to read..
  • More than 38,000 preloaded courses allow you to literally plug and play when you get to the course.
  • Green View feature allows you to get precise yardages to the pin.


  • Display is not in color which may be a deterrent for some golfers.
  • Software updates may be required.
  • Shipping times can vary depending on demand and inventory levels.

Our Experience

I’ve tried more distance measuring devices than I can count, and I’m definitely more of a fan of some than I am of others. 

But even though its design and functions are simple, the Bushnell Phantom 2 remains one of my favorite GPS units.

It’s easy to use, highly dependable, and has all the features I need to manage my way around the course and pull the right club.

And considering its modest price point of just $129.99, the value is hard to beat as well.

Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Phantom 2 GPS Rangefinder Be Used for Keeping Score During a Round of Golf?

Yes, the rangefinder features allow me to keep score during golf rounds. It’s convenient and accurate for this purpose. The larger display and easy operation make it a great tool for both distance measurement and scorekeeping on the course.

Is the Orange Color Option for Visibility and Reminder to Collect Available for Purchase?

Yes, the orange color option for visibility and reminder to collect is available for purchase. It’s a great accessory attachment for the rangefinder. Battery life lasts for at least 2 rounds of golf. Additionally, it offers scorekeeping functionality.

How Long Does the Battery Life of the Phantom 2 GPS Rangefinder Typically Last?

The battery life of the Phantom 2 GPS rangefinder typically lasts for 18 hours, and it charges quickly. I’ve found it convenient for long golf sessions without worrying about running out of power.

Are There Any Additional Accessories or Attachments Available for the Phantom 2 GPS Rangefinder?

Yes, there are additional accessories and attachments available for the Phantom 2 GPS rangefinder. The options enhance its functionality and customization, ensuring compatibility with various golf accessories for an optimized experience on the course.

What Is the Process for Accessing Course Abbreviations Online for the Preloaded Golf Courses Worldwide?

Accessing course abbreviations online for the preloaded golf courses is straightforward. Simply visit the manufacturer’s website, navigate to the support section, and search for the specific course. Detailed abbreviations and course information are readily available.


Bushnell has long made some of the most reliable golf distance measuring devices in the game.

The Phantom 2 GPS is no exception. It has plenty of features, yet is easy to use, even for golfers that aren’t tech savvy. 

If you’re looking for a moderately priced GPS that’s sure to more than meet your expectations, give the Bushnell Phantom 2 a shot.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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