Golf Channel Live Coverage

Golf Channel Live Coverage has up-to-the minute information on the latest news from around the world of golf.  With Golf Channel Live Coverage get expert commentary, insights, analysis, live scores, player stats, standings, fantasy games, and projections.  Get the latest information from the Tour, Champions TOUR and the LPGA.  Get all the updates as they occur from the PGA TOUR.  Golf Channel Live Coverage has Golf Academy instruction and videos.  Click on Live TV and watch live action from this week’s golf tournaments.  Also, register and play golf fantasy.  Book tee times on Golf Now.   Click here and visit the Golf Channel today!

GolfNow Hot Deals

Hot Deals are your best way to receive discount tee times and tee time deals at over 6,000 golf courses worldwide. In addition to receiving the best golf course discounts with Hot Deals tee times, you will also receive Golf Now Rewards points on every round.  Sign up on Golf Now using your Golf Channel connection and start saving on your next round of golf.

Golf Fantasy

Play golf fantasy and win weekly prizes.  Create/Join a League to compete against your friends!  Click on the attached pdf file for the rules on playing Golf Fantasy on the Golf Channel.    2018-Golf-Channel-Fantasy-Contest-Official-Rules-FINAL

History of the Golf Channel

The Golf Channel was co-founded by golf legend Arnold Palmer and media entrepreneur Joseph E. Gibbs of Birmingham,  Alabama on January 17, 1995.   The idea of a 24-hour golf network came from Gibbs, who first thought of such a concept 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 Palmer then secured $80 million in financing from several cable television providers to launch the network, which was among the first cable networks developed to cover one singular sport.Golf Channel - Golf Academy Picture

Announced in February 1993, the launch date was targeted for May 1994;  and it was launched on January 17, 1995, with a ceremonial flip of the switch by co-founder Palmer.  The first live tournament the channel televised was the Dubai Desert Classic, held January 19–22. Originally a premium channel on cable with limited subscribers, it retooled in September 1995 to be part of basic cable to reach more viewers and ratings rapidly increased. Cable television company Comcast became the majority owner in 2000 and the full owner of the channel in 2003.

In its first year on air in 1995, the Golf Channel televised 23 domestic tournaments and 41 European and Australian events. Today, Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, including tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, the tour, the Champions tour, The Open, Olympics, the Ryder Cup, the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming.

In December 2006, it was announced that Golf Channel had acquired cable television rights to the PGA Tour as part of a new 15-year contract. The contract included early-round coverage of all official money events, as well as full rights to early-season and Fall Series events.

In March 2008, Comcast acquired the online golf reservation platform GolfNow. It was re-located to Golf Channel’s headquarters in Orlando, Florida.Picture of Holly Sonders

In January 2011, Comcast acquired a 51% majority stake in NBC Universal from General Electric. As a result of the re-alignment of Comcast’s existing properties into NBC Universal, Golf Channel and sister sports network Versus were subsumed by a restructured NBC Sports division. On-air synergies between NBC’s existing production unit began to take effect in February 2011 at the WGC Match Play Championship, when NBC’s golf telecasts took on the Golf Channel branding as “Golf Channel on NBC”, in a similar manner to ESPN’s co-branding of sports output on ABC. NBC Sports personalities could now appear on Golf Channel, and former NBC Sports senior vice president Mike McCarley took over as the network’s new head. The network also adopted an amended logo featuring the NBC peacock.

In 2011 it became part of the NBC Sports Group.  It is now available to nearly 500 million viewers in nearly 80 countries and nine languages around the world. In 2013, NBC Sports Group extended its multi-platform partnership with the PGA of America to be the exclusive U.S. broadcast partner of the biennial Ryder Cup through 2030. In 2015, NBC Sports Group formed a 13-year partnership with the R&A to be the exclusive U.S. media partner of The Open (marking Golf Channel’s first-time ever televising a men’s major championship beginning in 2016), Ricoh Women’s British Open, Senior Open Championship and other R&A events.

In December 2013, Golf Channel unveiled a new logo, implemented in May 2014 to coincide with the 2014 Players Championship. The new logo replaces the “swinging G” emblem that had been used since the network’s launch with a wordmark alongside the NBC peacock. The new logo was meant to provide a unified brand across Golf Channel’s associated properties and services.

On June 8, 2015, it was announced that NBC Sports had acquired rights to The Open Championship beginning in 2017 under a 12-year deal;  after former broadcaster ESPN opted out of the final year of rights, NBC began coverage in 2016 instead.  Early round coverage is aired by Golf Channel, which marked the first time ever that Golf Channel had ever broadcast one of the four Men’s major golf championships.  On May 3, 2016, NBC announced that the Golf Channel would air the bulk of the men’s and women’s golf tournaments for the 2016 Summer Olympics, covering up to 300 hours of the tourney, with 130 of those hours live.  Today, the Golf Channel is one of most watched programs on TV.











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  1. Interesting information. I did not know there was a golf fantasy league. I know a few things about golf, but not sure how I would do with the fantasy league. The golf channel has been around for quite a while. I am curious, is this channel usually part of normal channel packages? I will have to look thru my programming and see if I can get it. I do like watching golf tournaments.

    1. Golf Channel has been around awhile. Depends on your cable company what tier the channel is in. Most if not all have the golf channel available. To view it here, all you need is your cable connection. Click on Live TV and it will ask you to select your cable company from a list. After you select your cable co. you will go to the golf channel. It is very easy. Nothing to do on your part but select your cable server. Watch the golf channel live as it broadcasts. I watched some of the masters tournament on it. Also, Go to Golf Now to register to play golf at a discount. This is pretty good for you and your son to play good golf courses for less money.

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