Izzo Swami 3000 GPS Review

The Swami 3000 is the latest Golf GPS Unit release by Izzo Golf. Unlike it’s predecessor the Swami 1500, this compact golf GPS unit comes preloaded with over 19,000 North American courses and is ready to go, straight out of the box. It retails for $99.99 and require no activation fee or online download of courses.

According to Izzo Golf Director of Marketing, David Witkoski, “We have streamlined current technology and have focused mainly on essental features in an effort to make SWAMI 3000 truly affordable for all golfers. The SWAMI 3000 is by far the easiest Golf GPS to use and our Sirf Star III technology draws accurate measurements from up to 12 satellites. We believe our $99.99 price point, now combined with pre-loaded courses, will allow more golfers to enjoy the benefits of a Golf GPS while contributing to faster play and lower scores.

The Swami 3000 combines the same core GPS technology available to the entire market with its unique INSTA-LOK™ feature which quickly and accurately displays distance to the Front, Center, and Back of the green.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery can last up to 16 hours (or approx 4 rounds) before needing a charge.
Operating the Swami 3000 is really simple. You just need to drive to the course and turn on the unit and wait for it to acquire a signal. It displays the name of the course you’re currently at and starts with distances for the first hole.


  • No monthly or annual fees
  • Simple Operation
  • Preloaded Courses
  • Compact Design makes it easy to carry with you during your round


  • Unit takes a while to initialize
  • If you’re at a golf club with multiple courses in the area, sometimes it loads the wrong course


The Izzo Swami 3000 is one of the more basic units on the market, but you would be hard pressed to find a better bang for your buck. For $99.99, you get a fully functional golf GPS unit that provides you distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, accurate to within five yards. It requires no setup and is ready to go straight out of the box.

Like I mentioned previously, once you power on the unit, it can take a couple minutes to boot up with the course information that you’re playing on. I used this last week in Colonial Williamsburg, where I played the Gold, Green and Spotswood courses and while I was on the Gold course, it was displaying information for the Green Course, which was three miles away. This was pretty frustrating and I couldn’t get it to find the Gold Course. When I was on the Green Course, however, it displayed the correct information. It would be nice if they had a feature where you could select which course you were on, in the event that more than one course was within close proximity.

So far, I’ve played three courses on a single charge and still have about 1/2 battery life available. It’s a pretty basic unit, so if you’re looking for more in depth hole information, other than distances to the green, this isn’t the golf GPS for you, but if you’re looking for something easy to use, requiring no setup or maintenance, the Swami 3000 is right up your alley.

  1 comment for “Izzo Swami 3000 GPS Review

  1. Howard Kletter

    Got a Swami 3000 in February 2012 and recently charge lasts only 6 or 7 holes. Have sent a number of e-mails to Swami with no response. If it works, $99 is a bargain, but if it doesn’t work, it’s trash. I rate this TRASH

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