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About Golf Channel

In early 1990, cable-entrepreneur Joseph E. Gibbs began his quest to launch a 24-hour golf network. As fate would have it, that same year Gibbs opened up his Birmingham, Ala., home to host one of the pros playing in the PGA Championship. That pro was none other than The King himself, Arnold Palmer. An immediate friendship developed between the two and that bond sparked the idea that became the GOLF CHANNEL.

“Getting to know Arnold was when I realized how great this game of golf really is,” Gibbs said. “Walking with Arnold on the golf course, I saw how much the people loved him and loved being around him. That impressed and overwhelmed me.”

Gibbs, who already had built three successful cable and communication companies, had the business experience to launch a network. But Gibbs knew his inexperience in golf and the lack of connections within the golf industry would hamper his ability to get his idea off the ground. Arnold would prove to be the key!

In February ’93, Gibbs and Palmer publicly announced their plans to launch GOLF CHANNEL at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. They began raising capital through multiple sources including six of the country’s leading cable operators. The cable operator investment not only infused necessary capital to keep the business going, it brought with it one of the most important keys to a fledgling cable network’s success – distribution.

GOLF CHANNEL was launched on January 17, 1995, and was the first fully digital production facility in the United States. GOLF CHANNEL recruited an experienced management team, an expert lineup of broadcasters and developed a varied programming schedule. In its first year, GOLF CHANNEL televised 23 domestic tournaments and 41 European and Australian events.

Golf Channel press release, blog etc

09/09/2018 - 11:29 Official World Golf Ranking
09/07/2018 - 10:04 Rose waits out soggy Sunday with BMW lead
08/28/2018 - 13:57 Golf Channel Announces Teams for 2018 East Lake Cup Collegiate Match Play Championship, Monday-Wednesday
08/26/2018 - 21:44 Canadian Pacific Women's Open
08/20/2018 - 09:09 Finalists Announced for Driver vs. Driver 2, Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET
08/19/2018 - 09:26 DJ, Koepka among group one back at Northern Trust
08/19/2018 - 09:04 20-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr joins "Feherty," Monday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. ET
08/16/2018 - 11:23 Actor/Comedian Kevin Nealon Joins "Feherty," Monday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. ET
08/14/2018 - 18:04 Woods adds BMW Championship to playoff schedule
08/07/2018 - 07:37 "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" Airs Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel from PGA Championship
08/06/2018 - 06:25 Woods appears to be running out of gas
08/04/2018 - 18:03 Sign Up For Golf Daily
08/04/2018 - 16:54 Sign Up For Golf Daily Don't miss the latest news, exclusive offers and sweepstakes.
08/03/2018 - 18:43 World No. 5 Jon Rahm, All-Pro Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald join "Feherty," Monday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. ET
08/02/2018 - 18:34 NBC Sports' Final Round Coverage of The Senior Open Becomes the Most-Watched Senior Major Since the 2010 U.S. Senior Open
08/02/2018 - 18:17 Phil dances in new shirt ad; it's so bad it's good
07/30/2018 - 23:19 PGA Tour Career Earnings
07/29/2018 - 23:04 NBC Sports Group to Air 28 Live Hours of Ricoh Women's British Open, Aug. 2-5