Edit: The Bushnell 1600 has been updated to the Bushnell PRO 1M (click here to read the PRO 1M review).
The Bushnell Pro 1600 Golf Laser Rangefinder has proven itself to be a long-lasting, highly reliable device that operates under any weather conditions with great accuracy. If you don’t mind the 12 oz. weight and using the device horizontally, then this rangefinder may be a great choice for you.
This 1600 series model is available in two editions: the slope edition and the tournament edition. Just as the names suggest, the Pro 1600 tournament edition does not have slope calculating technology, which makes it approved for use in most USGA regulated golf tournaments when the USGA local rule that allows the use of distance measuring devices is in effect. In all other aspects, the tournament edition and slope edition are essentially the same, high quality laser rangefinder.
Before Bushnell launched the Pro 1600 model series, they were producing other outdoor rangefinders for multi-purpose uses, including hunting, for example. Some consider the predecessor of the Bushnell Pro 1600 Golf Laser Rangefinder to be the Bushnell Elite 1500 Laser Rangefinder, due to its strikingly similar distance reading capabilities and very similar body design. The Bushnell 1600 Pro offers additional advantages of a more secure grip for better handling, as well as an attached battery cap, and of course the 1600 slope edition also gives inclinometer readings. The Elite 1500 was not specifically designed for golfing alone, and therefore didn’t have the option of slope calculating capabilities; however, you could still use it to get accurate distances on a golf course.
The Bushnell Pro 1600 Golf Laser Rangefinder Offers Impressive Features:
- Distance calculations from anywhere between 5-1600 yards, plus pinpointing flags up to 400 yards away
- Waterproof guaranteed at a rating of IPX7
- Rainguard patented anti-fog lens protection
- Lens magnification of up to 7X
- Operates on a 9 volt battery that should give up to 5,000 distance readings
- Distance accuracy range of one yard
- PinSeeker technology detects even pins that do not have any reflectors, and makes separating the pin from background objects easier
- High quality LCD screen
- The Standard scan mode allows for quick multiple distance readings around the entire green
- Get your distance readings in meters or yards, as you prefer
- A warranty is available from Bushnell for this model of up to 2 years
- On the Slope Edition Only: the exact slope is calculated with a high accuracy of within one degree, giving adjusted yardages that help you select your optimal club for each shot.
Does the Bushnell Pro 1600 Laser Rangefinder Offer Great Performance on the Course?
This Bushnell Pro 1600 Laser Rangefinder has remained popular among professional golf players on tour for many reasons. It is without question, one of the most durable rangefinder models available. Even if you were to drop it into a lake, it would float and still be operable! All of the lenses are coated with advanced water repellent, and it is so well sealed that no water could possibly enter the device to create damage.
Compared to a Leupold GX-1 laser rangefinder, users discovered that the Bushnell Pro 1600 picked up a wider variety of targets with greater accuracy, and faster than the Leupold model. When you are out on the green, this is perhaps the most important feature. You can play with increased confidence when you have a rangefinder that can pick up virtually any target surface for a distance reading, as obstacles can vary widely from one course to another.
Some feel that the Bushnell Pro 1600 Laser Rangefinder could be improved by slightly improving the optics. There have been some instances where specks of dust landed onto the surface of an LCD screen during installation, and these spots appear magnified when you view them through the lens. The spots don’t affect the actual operation or performance of the rangefinder, but can be annoying if you are trying to zoom in on a long range target to get a clear visual. Bushnell has mentioned that they are working to improve their optics, and newer models of the Bushnell V2 and PRO M1 laser rangefinders may not have this problem.
Also, this unit may be very well made, but it ends up being rather rather heavy and bulky. Often you may need two hands instead of one to hold and steady it. You have to hold it horizontally while using it, rather than vertically like many other laser rangefinders, which some people find a little awkward.
Overall Final Opinion:
This Bushnell Pro 1600 Laser Rangefinder is a great tool for golfers of all handicaps. Beginners may benefit more from the Pro 1600 slope edition since it gives more information for club selection purposes, and golfers with low handicaps often don’t require this extra knowledge.
To summarize, the Bushnell Pro 1600 Laser Rangefinder is definitely your best choice in terms of:
- long range distance readings of up to 1600 yards
- versatility to get readings of almost anything, nearly anywhere
- durable design that could survive a flood!
Alternatively, the Bushnell Pro 1600 Laser Rangefinder is not a good choice for you if you need a more lightweight device that fits into your pocket. The carrying case also makes it a bit more bulky, even though it does have a protective lens cap.
In conclusion, the fact that this Pro 1600 laser rangefinder has been reviewed so well for several years consistently really demonstrates that this device stands the test of time, and is a very high quality rangefinder.