GOLF CHANNEL’S NEW STUDIO: JUST ADD THE SAND
Published December 14, 2009 : Page 05
Golf Channel will kick off the new year by introducing a fully overhauled studio complete with high-definition cameras, a host of new technology and one feature that network executives believe cannot be found on any other studio show in the world.
“We’ve even got a sand trap,” said Dan Overleese, vice president of operations at Golf Channel.
New technology includes the addition of an AboutGolf brand simulator and a 23-by-13-foot video screen that will expand the capability of golf instruction shows and analysis shots made during PGA Tour and LPGA tournaments. AboutGolf has image rights to six courses on the 2010 PGA Tour schedule, including Pebble Beach and St. Andrews.
A big video screen works as part of a shot simulator. A corner of the sand trap is at lower right.
Golf Channel has long-term exclusive cable deals with the PGA Tour and LPGA.
The new studio also includes upgrades from SportsMedia Technology, including interactive touchpoint screens, telestrators and update scrolls linked to scoring programs operated by the different golf tours.
There were three news and interview sets built into the 4,700-square-foot studio during its last overhaul in 2003. “The Golf Fix,” the network’s lead instructional show, was shot on a portable set that was wheeled in front of a small projector covered by a net.
The studio now has what Overleese calls four “environments.” The shot demonstration area has a putting green, sand trap, tee box, fairway and two cuts of rough. There is also an analysis area in front of the touch screens and a new interview set. The anchor desk used for the network’s “Golf Central” news show pivots 180 degrees to provide different background looks and more depth of field.
Other updates include overall design, lighting and other infrastructure. The changes are part of a facilitywide upgrade to high-definition. Previously, only live coverage of events and nonstudio original programming aired in HD.
Golf Channel declined to disclose the price of the upgrade, but said a wider variety of sponsored elements should help offset the costs. The design was completed by Jack Morton/PDG, which has worked on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” the NBA on TNT, MLB Network, Showtime and NBA TV. Construction was handled by Massachusetts-based Mystic Scenic Studios, which has built sets for ESPN, NESN and CN8.
Comcast-owned Golf Channel launched its own HD network in November 2008 and is now in 26 million homes. The new studio will debut on Jan. 4 with “Golf Central.”
A little shout out for another area golf blog – the Country Club at Woodmore Golf Course Maintenance Blog – an Account of Golf Course Maintenance Through the Eyes of a Superintendent. Recent topics include Snow Cover; Supes & Golf Pros: A Working Relationship; and “What do you do all winter?”.
Here’s a snipet of their post on frost and its impact on the course conditions.
“We will generally see frost when temperatures are around 40 degrees and below. If you see night time temperatures in these ranges and have a tee time the following morning, it would be a good idea to call the Pro Shop for golf course conditions and estimated start times.
Below is an informational video on how a simple footprint can cause severe damage to a putting green.
Informative and to-the-point – we like it!
PGA Tour reaches deal for late-season Malaysia Asia Pacific Golf Classic
By Associated Press – from the LA Times – December 6, 2009 | 11:43 p.m.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The PGA Tour has reached a multiyear deal with the Asian Tour to stage the Malaysia Asia Pacific Golf Classic. The tours said Monday the event will be played late next year at The Mines Resort and Golf Club, with the winner receiving $1 million from the $6 million purse.
The top 25 players from the PGA Tour’s final FedEx Cup standings and the top 10 available players from the Asian Tour money list will get spots in the 40-man field. The event also will include five sponsor exemptions and at least one Malaysian professional will be guaranteed a spot at The Mines.
Dates of the tournament were not announced.
One of Charlie Birney’s very own comics – Goofballs! Click on the image for a larger size.
Tiger-Phil just part of 99 reasons to be thankful
From Jason Sobel’s Blog on espn.com – Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It’s that time of year again, golf fans. Time to gather ’round the 19th hole and discuss what we’re most thankful for during this, uh, Thanksgolfing holiday. Hint: It’s certainly not puns like that one.
With the way Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods finished the 2009 season, golf fans can only hope that rivalry continues for the 2010 campaign. Truth is, I’m still thankful for many of the things on last year’s list of 99, but let’s revisit the idea with a new version of this notion for 2009.
1. The impending 2010 golf season. When Whistling Straits is considered the least exciting of the four major championship venues, you know it’s going to be a special year.
2. Tom Watson. Let’s recap: He almost won the Open Championship … at Turnberry … 32 years after the Duel in the Sun … at age 59. Yep, that’s worth a “thanks.”
3. Seve Ballesteros’ influence. Nearly every European player coming through the ranks in the past three decades lists Seve as one of his favorites.
4. “Caddyshack.” Almost 30 years later, the flick still hasn’t lost its fastball.
5. “Caddyshack II.” More than 20 years later, it still goes down swinging.
Check out the other 94 reasons HERE on Jason’s Blog.
And just for fun…
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ATLANTIC GOLF!
The Brick Companies (managing company of Atlantic Golf) crew got into the Halloween spirit on Freaky Friday (Oct 30th) by unleashing their creative juices and dressing up in costumes from a CSI detective to a BRICK! The fun didn’t stop there – Joan pulled a Martha Stewart and baked a cut off hand (below) and brain cake!
Tell us about your halloween costumes – if you have pictures post them to our Facebook Atlanic Golf FanPage!
QUEENSTOWN HARBOR RESORT CONCEPT PLAN PRESENTED
From the Bay Times, October 14, 2009
Includes cottages, villas, conference center and spa.
The plan was presented by Lex Birney, CEO of The Brick Companies, which owns the golf course and the 40 acres of land on which “Queenstown Harbor: A Green Key Resort” would be built.
For the full article, click here: Queenstown Harbor Resort Concept Plan Presented – Bay Times, 10/14/09