Co-founded by Arnold Palmer and Joe Gibbs on January 17, 1995, Golf Channel in 2011 became part of the NBC Sports Group and – serving the most-affluent audience in all of television – now is available to nearly 500 million viewers in nearly 80 countries and nine languages around the world.
In its first year on air in 1995, 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 Open, Olympics, and Ryder Cup, the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming.
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 addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle offerings, including Golf Channel Mobile a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; Revolution Golf, the largest direct-to-consumer digital platform in golf; GolfAdvisor.com, the world’s largest golf course ratings and review resource for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour; and as the Official Media Partner of St. Andrews Links, the Home of Golf.