Motorola puts a GPS golf caddie on your wrist

Motorola(s mmi) continues its push into wearable, connected gadgets, today introducing the MotoActv Golf Edition. Similar to its first model in the MotoActv smart watch line, the new Golf Edition fits on a wrist and tracks steps taken on the course as well as calories burned. But more important to duffers and golf pros alike, the watch-like device keeps track of every shot on the golf course.
The benefits of the MotoActv Golf Edition are two-fold: During and after a round. By wearing the gadget during golf, you’ll know how far away you are from the hole. In addition to an internal GPS radio for location on the course, the device is pre-loaded with information from 20,000 courses. That helps choose the right club for every shot — unless you’re a hacker like me (not the computer kind) that generally hits every club the same distance. MotoActv also keeps track of scores, so there’s no need for pencil and paper.
Off the course, you gain insight to your golf game. How? The device wirelessly uploads all of the data from your round to the MotoActv website. Here’s what you can expect to see, per Motorola:

“[Y]ou get an unparalleled virtual representation of your round using a satellite view of the course. Move your mouse over the arc of the ball flight and pull up details of the shot you played. You can also keep every scorecard for reference, and similar to other MOTOACTV workouts you can share your rounds with friends.”

The MotoActv Golf Edition officially goes on sale April 1, but can be pre-ordered now. Some may be put off by the $299 price tag, which is admittedly a bit high for a gadget focused mainly on a single-sport. But I’ve seen dedicated golf GPS units priced that much in the past and to be honest, you can spend more than that on just one club for your golf bag.
The other alternative is to use a much less expensive mobile golf app on your smartphone, which likely already has a GPS radio. I’ve done that in the past, having spent $30 for an iPhone(s aapl) app that replicates much of the new MotoActv’s functionality. But I found it to be an unwieldy solution, having to take out my phone before every shot. Given the simplicity of a caddie on your wrist, I don’t think many golfers will balk at the price of Motorola’s latest connected gadget.