ORLANDO, Fla. (June 2, 2010) – In advance of the June 21 season premiere, Golf Channel today launched the official website for Big Break Sandals Resorts (www.GolfChannel.com/big-break-sandals-resorts), an interactive site for fans to get to know the contestants and preview the series filmed at Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. The network's popular Big Break series will return for its 13th season, showcasing a field of 11 women competing against each other in an attempt to make their lifelong dream of playing alongside the world's top golfers a reality.
Featuring behind-the-scenes video, photo galleries and biographical information about the competitors, the website is a one-stop shop for everything related to Big Break Sandals Resorts. During the 10-week series, the site also will include weekly video recaps, extended interviews not seen during the show and weekly blogs from the contestants and producers. Fans also will be able to interact with the site by posting messages, participating in weekly polls and entering a sweepstakes for the opportunity to win prizes, including a six-day/five-night Luxury Included® vacation to Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas, the set and location for Big Break Sandals Resorts.
Big Break Sandals Resorts will unfold on one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world, Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club at Sandals Emerald Bay. A Greg Norman design, Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club is a 7,200-yard, par-72 oceanside golf course that is highlighted by six signature holes hugging the perimeter of Emerald Bay’s scenic peninsula overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Filmed on location in February, Golf Channel cameras rolled from sunrise until well after sunset each evening, capturing the emotions and drama of the contestants both on and off the golf course. The series also will feature new challenges, twists and special surprise guest appearances, including a visit by Hall-of-Famer Greg Norman, course architect for Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club.
The Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break Sandals Resorts, one contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded her Big Break, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in select professional tour events with some of the best players in the world.
Past Big Break champions have won tournament exemptions to compete on some of the world’s top professional circuits, such as the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour. Several previous female contestants have gone on to compete on the LPGA Tour, including Kristy McPherson, who also was a member of the 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
Sandals Resorts’ newest gem, Sandals Emerald Bay, officially opened its doors Feb. 4. The 500-acre luxury resort features 183 beachfront rooms and suites all equipped with professionally trained butlers, five a-la-carte gourmet restaurants, a world-class marina, an exclusive 29,000-square-foot Red Lane® Spa, an array of land sports, including six illuminated Har-tru tennis courts and a host of watersports including scuba diving for certified divers.
About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, the number-one golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.
About Sandals Resorts
Sandals Resorts has earned a worldwide reputation for providing two people in love with the most romantic vacation experience in the Caribbean. Currently, there are 14 Luxury Included® Sandals Resorts located in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia and The Bahamas. Each offers stunning beachfront locations; a choice of a-la-carte restaurants, from white-glove dining to barefoot elegance; all premium brand wine and spirits, including an exclusive partnership with California’s legendary Beringer Vineyards; luxurious accommodations in a range of categories; unrivaled watersports including the Caribbean’s largest PADI certification program; Butler Service for truly indulgent pampering; Sandals Weddings by Martha Stewart™; and signature Red Lane® Spas, with services and treatments inspired by the region. In February, 2010, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas made its debut, offering 183 all-butler service rooms and suites, an 18-hole championship Greg Norman designed golf course and 150 slip marina.
Sandals Resorts has set the industry standard for the Luxury Included® vacation and has been voted the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards for 16 years in a row, and World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company for 14 years in a row. For more information, call your local travel agent or 1-800-Sandals (1-800-726-3257) or visit www.sandals.com.