'Altered Course' reality show combines team golf, speed, fitness

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Golf Channel announced Monday a new reality competition series, “Altered Course,” currently in production that combines golf, speed, fitness, teamwork and decision-making as teams navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.

“Athleticism and fitness have taken on a much greater emphasis in golf in recent years, and as a result we are seeing more athletes coming up in the ranks of men’s and women’s golf,” said Keith Allo, Golf Channel vice president of programming development and original productions. “‘Altered Course’ is taking this trend to a whole new level, rewarding teams that are the most physically fit and play the best golf.”

The tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock as they take on the twists and turns of the extreme golf holes – one “altered” hole can incorporate upwards of three traditional golf holes – in an alternate-shot or scramble format. Teams will be scored on both shots taken as well as time, with weekly eliminations leaving one team left standing as the champion.

The inaugural season will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with the competition staged at White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses. Kristen Kenney, pit reporter for the Red Bull Global RallyCross series on NBC and NBCSN, has been tabbed to host the inaugural seasonThe show will premiere in summer, 2015.