HONOLULU – Golf Channel began its first step into the 3D waters Saturday at the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club, marking the first time a co-sponsored PGA Tour event is broadcast in 3D. Between Saturday’s coverage and final-round coverage Sunday, Golf Channel will have provided 16 hours of coverage, 8 of which are live and 8 of replays.
Rich Lerner (play-by-play), Curt Byrum (analyst) and Steve Sands (on course, interviews) called the 3D action on Saturday and will be back again Sunday. Viewers need a 3D-compatible set, glasses and a set-top connected to the TV with an HDMI cable.
The first two hours of coverage Sunday (4:30-6:30 p.m. ET) will feature the green at the second hole and holes three and four, followed by a two-hour replay. The final two live hours (8:30-10:30 p.m. ET) will feature the 16th green and holes 17 and 18.
Below are some comments sent to the on-air team during the inaugural broadcast.
Told friends about 3D golf last nite. Had to go buy 3 more pair of Sony 3D glasses. Have 8 friends fighting over them. Can't get them to go home.
I do not normally watch golf on TV, however, watching in 3D is amazing, An awesome viewing experience that will bring me back for more.
Mike Wassner, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
We switched from the NFL playoff game in 3D to compare and we think golf wins!
A bug flew straight into my living room….from Hawaii!!!! WOW!
Love it, love it, love it. Please tell us there will be more than two tournaments in 3D shown this year.
We think that people that don't normally watch golf on TV will start to watch it on 3D because it looks so spectacular. We are both golfers and love the fact that you can see the undulations in the greens and the texture of the grasses so vividly. ??
Phil and Mary Ann Butler
This is the way golf must be seen. I've watched football and basketball and they are fairly good but the contours in this broadcast really make you feel you are there. Now it will be hard to watch a regular HD broadcast!!! Can't wait for the back nine.
Jim, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Watching the 3D golf image from the UK England is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s just like being there. Awesome.
Sitting in Las Vegas watching the 3D golf. The depth perception on greens, bunkers and fairways is amazing! Truly stunning!
Keep up good work,
Andrew, Las Vegas
I can't tell you how much I appreciate you guys doing a broadcast in 3D. Thank you thank you thank you. It really makes me feel like I am there and I can just about smell the breeze!
Christopher D. Pratt
I'm watching on my new Sony Bravia 55- inch 3D TV that I got for Christmas. I feel like I'm there with you guys. This wonderful 3D experience will no doubt be the only way I'll get the feeling of walking the fairway at a PGA event. Show Kelly Tilghman in 3D and Sony will sell a hundred thousand new 3D sets on that basis alone. Hope you'll broadcast many more 3D events.
David Mills, Huntington, W.Va.
It is really great to see the undulation of the greens and depth of the greenside bunkers. It gives a much better perspective of what these guys are up against.
Ross, Burnsville, Minn.
I watch a lot of golf on TV but nothing ever came close to this. Thanks for bring 3D to golf.
Bill, Orlando, Fla.
Watching the Sony Open on 3D with my wife from the main land. Amazing! Great job Sony and the Golf Channel!
Brandon & Diane, Philadelphia
We are enjoying the 3D golf here in Phoenix. It is really nice seeing the contours on the greens. When the caddies get in front of the cameras on the greens, it's like they are backing up into the living room. Keep up the good work.
Jim and Chris, Phoenix
I love that in 3D, I can see the dips and swells in the greens. Even the break I can see. 3Diculous technology. So neat. –
Tony C, W.Va.
I just wanted to say…The broadcast of 3D is excellent! It really provides a perspective of the slopes and elevations on the course. Also around the greens you get a much better perspective of the breaks, making them fun to read. Also it gives a great perspective of the ball flight shape on the long shots.
Hope to see more of this!
We are enjoying your 3D golf broadcast, we can detect the field of view and how the golf pros have to setup the shots. Special thanks for your technical staff on the camera setup we feel like we are on the edge of the green. You made history today on your first day of 3D broadcast on Golf Channel Sony Open.
Brian & Ofelia
Total loving the 3D broadcast here in the UK. Liked the interview with the Sony guy and the dolphins. Best effect definitely is the camera shots of the greens. Totally get the shapes on the greens. Awesome work keep them coming.