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Wednesday
Dec212011

Darwin's Golf Courses Of The Isles Coming To TV

I think it's safe to say Golf Channel could right many the wrongs perpetrated by the Big Break Series by picking up Landmark Media Productions' "The Golf Courses of the British Isles" based on and using the words from Bernard Darwin's classic book.

The description for this 13-part series is followed by a YouTube posted preview:

Using his powerful, often poetic, prose as a narrative guide, "The Golf Courses of the British Isles" will be a video travelogue through the breathtaking courses of Great Britain and Ireland. Stunningly shot and immaculately produced, our series will showcase these spectacular venues in a way that has never been done. In Darwin's writings, the golf courses become living, breathing characters. It's time to tell their stories.

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Reader Comments (26)

Looks like I'm gonna need to free up 6 hours on my DVR. I guess I can finally delete Pipe Dreams.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenteroption720
If the Golf Channel doesn't pick THIS up, what purpose is the Golf Channel?
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
JRP is right. If the golf channel does not broadcast this, then they are completely worthless. I would like to hear Jeremy Irons narrate.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterA3
Now that is some must see TV! I concur with the previous comments, if GC doesn't broadcast this then they really can't claim to be anything other than a golf themed shopping channel.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris C.
Triple wow.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
"the wrongs perpetrated by the Big Break Series..."

way too many wrongs to list here
12.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrb
Paid for adumentary The Golf Courses of Mytle Beach can't be too far behind?
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterArdmoreari
The trailer's narrator does nothing for me. I hope he isn't in the show proper.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey
"The trailer's narrator does nothing for me"

Don't worry, the Golf Channel will overdub Rachel Madd.... er, I mean Kelly Tilghman's voice.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrb
The producer of this show was on GCA saying that it hasn't even been made yet. This is just the sizzle reel to try and get funding for the program.

Coincidentally, Charlie Rymer went on GCA as well asking for ideas to make The Golf Channel better but told everyone that "nobody gives a **** about golf architecture."
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrey Lag
I'm glad some on else agrees that the lamely staged "Big Break" on Golf Channel is a real POS....Hope they pick up british series.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
Big Break = not as good as it could be.

Some of the shots from the trailer look incredible.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGIAFF
Hey, who wouldn't like an hour a week of Glorious 1080P HD Golf Porn? But not down with all the bashing of the Big Break shows. Some boring stuff, but its a bunch of young wannabe stars competing to get a chance to make a living playing golf. Some silliness and superfluous interpersonal drama, sure but we've seen a bunch of pros coming off that show in the past few years, esp on the LPGA. Plenty of room for both (British Courses and BB) of those shows on GC from Monday-Wed during golf season.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
>>.Plenty of room for both (British Courses and BB) of those shows on GC from Monday-Wed during golf season.

Obviously there isn't since the GC has shown endless editions of the Big Break and virtually nothing on golf archtecture in their 17 years on the air.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrey Lag
Among Golf book collectors Golf course architecture is 2nd only to instruction books in popularity. As a collector & golf book dealer for some 20 years I can only hope that this Darwin inspired event comes to pass & that the Golf Channel will have the good sense to air it.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenterron muszalski
GS: Were you asleep at the wheel? Or is the Columbia post a paid Golf Digest promo?
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterShank
A lovely thing called spam...it's gone now!
12.21.2011 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Should I be excited this might be on tv or am I setting myself up for disappointment? I'll cross my fingers but I won't hold my breath.
12.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMRP
Finally a program thats about golf not a ridiculous realty show.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert M. Young
A well known golf architect a few weeks ago told me that PBS will be releasing a series on golf course architecture next June. It includes participation from Dye, Fazio, Jones, Nicklaus, Cupp, etc.. A companion book will be released to accompany the show -- it will have each architect i discuss the work of another. Also, the show is to focus of how their father's influenced their career. This is why the series will be releaed around Fathers Day/US Open. Appaently the fliming of the program is now in the works.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered Commenterd
Sounds interesting 'd'

Grey Lag, I know most of us that read this blog would love more on courses and course architecture, but I honestly don't know enough about the demographics of GC audience to say that this kind of thing would be a success overall for them.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
PA,

Judging by the types of programs that the viewers of the Golf Channel support I'm sure that the program wouldn't be a success for them but I highly doubt that they would air it anyway.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrey Lag
"the types of programs that the viewers of the Golf Channel support "

The Golf Channel could care less about golf...they care about selling advertising any way they can and keeping the overhead as low as they can.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrb
This series looks like an absolute gem. I hope Landmark finds someone to buy this soon! Can't wait to see it.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHP
rb,
Sadly, you're correct.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrey Lag
We can only hope someone from the GC is picking this up and reaching out to landmark. THIS is the kind of programming that would get me (and likely many other long time golfers) to reinvest in a subscription to their channel.
12.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

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