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Golf Channel, formerly known as The Golf Channel before the July 2008 dropping of The, is an Americanmarker cable television network with coverage focused on the game of golf. Founded in Birminghammarker, Alabamamarker, the American headquarters and studio are currently located in Orlando, Floridamarker. Golf Channel is available in the United Statesmarker, Canadamarker a few nations in Asia and Latin America through cable, satellite, and wireless transmissions. Worldwide, it is available in over 100 million households.

History and programming

The network was launched on January 17, 1995. The idea of a 24-hour-a-day golf network came from media entrepreneur Joseph E. Gibbs of Birminghammarker, Alabamamarker, who first got the idea for the channel in 1991. Gibbs felt there was enough interest in golf among the public to support such a network, and commissioned a Gallup Poll to see if his instincts were correct. With the support of the polling behind him, Gibbs and legendary golfer Arnold Palmer then secured $80 million in financing to launch the network, which was among the first cable networks developed to cover one singular sport. The first live tournament the channel televised was the Dubai Desert Classic, held from January 19 to 22, 1995.

Golf Channel features a range of golf programming, including PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour events. The channel devotes considerable time to news coverage of golf, including a nightly program, Golf Central. There are highlight shows of past tournaments, and a reality television competition show, The Big Break, whose premise is to help aspiring professionals gain exemptions into PGA Tour and LPGA events. In 2005, Golf Channel helped set up a special match play event called Big Stakes Golf, in which teams of two paid a $100,000 entry fee to play in a special tournament where the winning team split a $3,000,000 first-place prize, the largest in golf history. In the end, mini-tour professionals Garth Mulroy and David Ping won the grand prize.

In 2007, Golf Channel embarked on its 15-year agreement as the exclusive cable television home for the PGA Tour. The network’s annual coverage will feature early-round coverage of the entire FedEx Cup season, including the World Golf Championships, The Tour Championship and The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s crown jewel. In total, early-round coverage of 30 events will air on Golf Channel. Also included in the package will be 13 full, four-round events beginning with the season’s first three tournaments – Mercedes-Benz Championship, Sony Open in Hawaii, and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer – and the six official money events following The Tour Championship. The network also will provide full coverage of three tournaments played opposite golf’s majors and World Golf Championships. Every PGA Tour event will be aired live and then rebroadcast in prime time, a first for the PGA Tour.

Golf Channel shows

Tournament Coverage
  • Champions Tour Coverage
  • European Tour Coverage
  • European Tour Weekly
  • Golf Channel Classics
  • Inside the PGA Tour
  • LPGA Tour Coverage
  • Nationwide Tour Coverage
  • PGA Tour Coverage
  • Quest for the Card

News and Analysis


  • Champions Tour Learning Center
  • The Golf Fix
  • Transamerica Playing Lessons From The Pros

  • What's In The Bag?

  • Golf Hawaii
  • Golf with Style

Golf Channel on-air talent

Programs talent appear on are in parentheses.
  • Tom Abbott (Golf Central, European Tour host, LPGA tour interviewer)
  • Anthony Anderson (Golf in America)
  • Adam Barr (Golf Central Business Reporter, What's in the bag?, European Tour host, Nationwide Tour interviewer)
  • Steve Beddow (European Tour play-by-play)
  • Michael Breed (Nationwide Tour course reporter, The Golf Fix)
  • Billy Ray Brown (PGA & Champions Tour course reporter and hole announcer)
  • Ken Brown (European Tour course reporter)
  • Steve Burkowski (Golf Central reporter, course reporter)
  • Curt Byrum (Nationwide and Champions Tour analyst)
  • Donna Caponi-Byrnes (Champions and LPGA Tour course reporter)
  • Vince Cellini (Golf Central, Grey Goose 19th Hole, The Big Break)
  • Brandel Chamblee (Golf Central analyst, PGA Tour analyst)
  • Kay Cockerill (LPGA & Nationwide Tour course reporter and hole announcer)
  • Beth Daniel (LPGA Tour analyst)
  • Dougie Donnelly (European Tour play-by-play)
  • Nick Faldo (PGA Tour analyst)
  • John Feinstein (Golf Central)
  • Jerry Foltz (Nationwide Tour play-by-play, PGA Tour course reporter, Quest for the Card)
  • Matt Gogel (PGA Tour course reporter and hole announcer)
  • Jim Gray (Golf in America, Live From...)
  • Inga Hammond (Golf Central, PGA Tour interviewer)
  • Brian Hammons (LPGA and Champions Tour play-by-play)
  • John Hawkins (Grey Goose 19th Hole analyst)
  • Warren Humphreys (European Tour analyst)
  • Denis Hutchinson (European Tour analyst)
  • Kraig Kann (Golf Central, The Approach w/ Callaway Golf)
  • Renton Laidlaw (European Tour play-by-play)
  • Rich Lerner (Golf Central, PGA Tour interviewer)
  • Todd Lewis (Golf Central, PGA Tour interviewer)
  • Mark Lye (PGA & Champions Tour course reporter and hole announcer)
  • Andrew Magee (The Approach w/ Callaway Golf, PGA Tour course reporter)
  • John Mahaffey (Champions Tour course reporter and hole announcer)
  • David Marr (Champions Tour play-by-play and interviewer, Champions Tour Learning Center)
  • Alex Miceli (The Approach w/ Callaway Golf)
  • Frank Nobilo (Golf Central analyst, PGA and Champions Tour analyst)
  • Peter Oosterhuis (PGA Tour Hole Announcer)
  • Iain Page (Golf Central, Golf Central updates host)
  • Phil Parkin (Nationwide Tour hole announcer, European Tour course reporter)
  • Dottie Pepper (LPGA tour analyst, PGA and Champions Tour Course Reporter)
  • Mike Ritz (LPGA Tour play-by-play)
  • Mark Rolfing (PGA Tour course reporter, Golf Hawaii)
  • Tim Rosaforte (Golf Channel insider, Champions Tour interviewer)
  • Jeff Rude (Grey Goose 19th Hole analyst)
  • Charlie Rymer (Golf Central analyst)
  • Steve Sands (Golf Central, PGA tour interviewer)
  • Val Skinner (LPGA tour course reporter)
  • Stephanie Sparks (Nationwide tour interviewer, LPGA tour course reporter, Transamerica Playing lessons from the Pros, Golf with Style)
  • Lauren Thompson (Top 10)
  • Kelly Tilghman (Golf Central, PGA tour Play-By-Play)
  • Jay Townsend (European Tour play-by-play and course reporter)
  • Julian Tutt (European Tour play-by-play and course reporter)
  • Scott Walker (Golf central)

Former Golf Channel talent

Golf Channel HD

Golf Channel HD logo
Golf Channel HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of The Golf Channel. It launched in January 2007. Formerly in some markets Golf Channel shared an HD channel slot with sister network Versus which programmed based on the priority of each network's event; this channel was known as VS/Golf HD. As of December 8, 2008, both channels are now distributed individually in high definition.Comcast planned to have Golf Channel HD available to 12.5 million viewers by January 2009, with a promise of 750 hours of HD content in 2009.

Golf Channel UK

There was a British version of the channel called Golf Channel UK for a time. It was operated by sporting goods retailer JJB Sports, and was available on BSkyB satellite television. It broadcast many of the shows from the U.S. channel, but was unable to attract a viable audience as it offered little live golf, and it ceased broadcasting on 31 December 2007. All the major tours have their main UK contract with either Sky Sports or Setanta Golf, and BBC Sport covers several major tournaments each year.

See also

External links


  1. Tee Time for Golf Channel HD

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