Golf Channel Takes Online Tee Times Across the Pond with Ireland and UK Joining Its Golfnowcom Platform

By Golf Channel Public RelationsNovember 17, 2010, 1:46 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2010) – Golf Channel today announced that its industry-leading tee-time business, GolfNow.com, will expand further internationally in 2011 with top golf destinations Ireland and the United Kingdom leading the way.

GolfNow, currently working with more than 2,400 partner golf courses that have booked more than 4 million rounds in the United States and Canada in 2010 so far, will make its Ireland and U.K. service available to both inbound travelers from North America, as well as golfers within their own borders.  With an initial focus on golf courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Golf Channel plans to integrate and promote the top courses in these destinations to its vast on-air and online audience.

To manage the new initiative, Golf Channel has identified a new strategic partner in the Ireland and U.K. market, Carr Golf Travel.  A worldwide leader in golf travel, Carr Golf has been welcoming golfers to Ireland and Scotland for more than 60 years.  Carr’s primary responsibilities will include developing relationships with golf courses to activate them on the GolfNow platform, while working with those courses to deliver pricing and offers that resonate with consumers.

In addition, Golf Channel also has executed a strategic interface agreement with BRS Golf, the U.K.’s number-one tee sheet provider, in an effort to make the entry into the European market as efficient as possible for participating courses.  BRS Golf has more more than 460 golf clubs currently using its management system.

“We couldn’t have added a more reputable, golf-focused company like Carr Golf to help launch GolfNow in this new arena,” said Gene Pizzolato, chief operating officer, Golf Channel New Media Ventures.  “And with BRS, we’ve picked the right technology partner to accelerate our success by providing us with the ability to directly connect to the tee-time inventory of over 460 of Europe’s best golf courses.

“We’re excited about GolfNow’s entry into Ireland and the U.K. as a great start to build momentum internationally, and to let the industry know that our presence there is just the first in a series of steps to expand even further around the world.”

“As the regional market leader in golf course management and golf travel, Carr Golf is excited about the impact this will have on the entire golf sector,” said Marty Carr, chief executive officer for Carr Golf.  “It also fits in perfectly with our strategy for driving revenue and complements current consumer trends.”

“This is a great opportunity for the Irish Golf Industry to benefit from the marketing power of the Golf Channel,” said Dr. Brian Smith, director of BRS Golf.  “We recommend customers that want to increase revenue to give us a try.  Both systems will be fully integrated, so there will be no double bookings and no management overhead.  Golf courses will be in complete control of which tee times are available to be sold.”

GolfNow.com is the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive online tee time booking service, offering access to more than 2,400 golf courses in 45 U.S. States and Canada.  Through easy-to-implement solutions, GolfNow.com helps golf courses sell more rounds, increase revenues and, in turn, helps grow the game.

About GolfNow.com

Golf Channel’s GolfNow.com is managed and operated by GolfChannel.com, which ranks as a top golf destination on the Internet. Golfnow.com is the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive online tee time booking service, offering users the ability to book tee times at more than 2,400 courses nationwide at any time of day.  The tee time service is part of Golf Channel’s inventive online platform, a combination of sites designed to be the ultimate one-stop personal golf concierge service to help the recreational player enjoy every aspect of golf from getting the most up-to-the-minute golf news from around the world to help with how to play, where to play and what to play.  Golf Channel’s digital platform also serves golfers in the areas of travel and events – highlighted by the Golf Channel Am Tour, the largest amateur tour in the country with more than 800 tournaments in 60+ local chapters nationwide, providing casual players with a professionally-run golf tournament experience and access to play at some of the greatest and most challenging courses in their hometowns – and access to GolfChannel.com’s features and breaking news, a library of more than 2,500 instructional online videos, extensive product reviews, and tips from the most-trusted equipment experts.

 

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Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: