Bushnell Medalist Review

The Bushnell Medalist is a compact yet efficient laser range finding device that comes in at a more affordable price, compared to its predecessors. This versatile laser device costs only $249.00 and claims to give a high level of accuracy and consistency when used on the golf course. The PinSeeker technology guarantees for accuracy, while the other efficient functions, such as the 4x magnification allow you to a smooth and consistent game. Regardless of your skill level, you will enjoy having this affordable yet practical device at a game with your friends or at a professional golf tournament.


It features the PinSeeker technology, which is one of the most important features in a Bushnell device. The PinSeeker mode is very successful at accurately calculating the yardage to flagsticks, even when it is a large tree behind it or any other strong target.
With the help of this mode, the device will be able to display the distance to both targets, the first distance being the distance to the closest object on the field. This unit is designed to range to almost 1,000 yards for reflective surfaces, 500 to 700 yards to trees and 300 yards to flagsticks. The distance measured depend on many factors, such as the reflectivity of each object and environmental conditions. It comes with an LCD display that showcases the information gathered while on the field. The objects are magnified up to 4x due to the 20mm objective lens, so you can make sure that nothing is hidden from your sight. When used for multiple rounds per week, the 9V battery is said to last for about a year. However, according to customer reports, the battery doesn’t stay put in the device and has a tendency to fall out from the device.

Specifications sheet

Specs Medalist
Dimensions 4.5” x 3.8” x 1.7”
Weight 9 oz
Magnification 4x
Maximum range 3000 feet
Accuracy +/- 3 feet
Display type LCD
Objective diameter 20 mm
Eye relief 17 mm
Exit pupil 4 mm
Lens coating Multi-coated
Battery type 9V standard

Size and design

This golf device has a sleek, horizontal design and comes with a rubber covering, to ensure that it feels comfortable while holding and that it doesn’t slip. The rubber armoring is also good to protect it from breaking when dropped or bumped into. It measures 1.7 x 4.5 x 3.8 inches and weighs 9 ounces so it is both compact and light. Nowadays, golf rangefinders have a vertical profile and are more compact than older versions, such as the Medalist, but they also come at a higher price. Nevertheless, it is a compact unit that comes with a carrying case that clips onto the golf bag. It can be used even during rainy conditions because it is waterproof. In addition, this model features the Rain mode, designed to measure distances even during harsh weather, when it is raining or snowing.

Special Features

You won’t find complex technologies and features such as the jolt or slope mode when using it. Nevertheless, this model can give you exactly what you need during a golf game: accurate and consistent results. The distances are calculated instantly due to its high-speed clock and intricate circuitry. The Scan mode provides you updates in real time, allowing you to go through a series of vast landscapes. The updates take less than a second to display, as a result of a very fast Class 1 laser beam. The invisible laser doesn’t have the potential to do any harm, it is 100% safe so there’s no need to be concerned regarding this matter.

Ease of use

Regarding usability, being the compact and lightweight device that it is, you will have no problem handling it. It doesn’t cause wrist strains because it is extremely light. Other than that, the rubberized armor ensures that you have a firm grip on it, without having to fear that it may slide from your hand. We like that you can use this device straight from the box because it doesn’t require to be set up, the battery is already installed. The Bushnell manufactures have created a straightforward golf gadget with uncomplicated setup commands and an easy to read display.

Other considerations

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the 9-volt battery comes off easily, therefore we advise you to bring a spare battery in case the first needs to be repaired or replaced. The battery can be found at an affordable price, so you won’t have to spend excessive amounts of money. The device is made from durable materials and is said to last for a long time but in case something wrong happens with it, there’s no need to worry about anything. As in the case of other Bushnell models, the manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty for the device.


  • It comes at a cheap price
  • PinSeeker technology accurately calculates flag distance
  • Range of up to 1000 yards
  • Rain mode displays accurate readings even during harsh weather
  • Easy to read LCD display
  • Accompanied by a 2-year warranty


  • It lacks jolt and slope technologies
  • 4x magnification capability

Final thoughts

It has become one of the most popular golf gadgets on the market not only due to its reasonable price that makes it accessible to all golfers but due to its impressive features and innovative technologies as well. The generous range of up to 1000 yards and the easy-to-read LCD display that showcases a variety of information gathered on the field make it a dream to work with for all golfers, no matter how skilled they are. The compact size and smart design make it easy for you to use it, ensuring that not only will it fit perfectly in the bag but that using it won’t tire you at all. Best of all, it is backed up by a generous warranty that shows how much trust the manufacturer puts in this product, ensuring you that it’s of a superior quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

?What is the range provided by it?
The maximum range it provides depends on certain conditions. When talking about the range to reflective surfaces, it is of maximum 1000 yards, while it provides a maximum 700 yards range to trees, and 300 yards range to flagsticks.

?What role does the Rain mode play?
When it rains or snows, the readings of these devices might be affected. However, this isn’t the case with the Medalist as it features the Rain mode which doesn’t let harsh weather conditions interfere in any manner.

?How long will the battery last?
The device is powered by a 9 volt battery that, when used for multiple rounds each week, is estimated to last approximately 1 year. When it does drain of power, what you must do is replace it as it isn’t rechargeable.


  1. Jane says:

    What type of optical coating does it have?

  2. Martin says:

    Can you please give me more information about the Pinseeker Technology?

  3. Luana says:

    Is it waterproof?

  4. Jimmy says:

    How much does it cost?

  5. Noe says:

    Does it vibrate when seeking the pin?

  6. Hilda says:

    How long is the battery life for this golf rangefinder?

    • Generally, the battery lasts for approximately 6 months before it needs to be replaced. Of course, this time span solely depends on how much you use it, meaning that the batteries might need to be changed more often or rarely.

  7. Carl says:

    I bought the rangefinder last month, and I can reassure you that it’s a truly great performing golf device! Since I have it, my game has significantly improved!

  8. Simone says:

    How is the coating of the lens with this rangefinder?

  9. Carol says:

    What is the maximum ranging capability it delivers?

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