Stories by Martin
Golf TV commentary: ESPN talkers drown out British Open's final-round drama at St. Andrews
2015 British Open telecast ESPN TV golf coverage commentary and review on final-round coverage of major championship at St. Andrews with Scott Van Pelt, Paul Azinger and Mike Tirico.
40 reads: Golf equipment industry leaders unwind on surfboards along shores of Pacific Open
In Southern California, where golf's equipment industry meets the Pacific, another sport holds a mystic sway. This is a surfing tale that founds it place among Golfweek's 40 great reads.
Golf life Bahamas: Baha Mar resort a big gamble
Will a $3.5 billion resort and new TPC blow a lot of business into Nassau? We'll soon find out.
40 reads: Julian Cup’s message of dignity reaches Northeast junior golfers
Each year, Scott Peters keeps alive the memory of his good friend Jeff Julian, who died of ALS, by running the Julian Cup. Julian's story is among Golfweek's 40 great reads.
Fox’s ‘fresh perspective’ on 2015 U.S. Open a work in progress
The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay telecast and TV coverage on Fox Sports with Joe Buck and Holly Sonders review and commentary of coverage through Round 3.
Fox makes halting strides on Day 2 of U.S. Open 2015 television coverage
Fox made strides with its second-round U.S. Open television broadcast but still has work to do.
Fox, USGA aim to provide a tech upgrade for U.S. Open television
Fox and the USGA will provide a tech upgrade for the U.S. Open 2015 at Chambers Bay.
40 reads: The Gospel according to golf course architect David McLay Kidd
David McLay Kidd used to build golf’s most difficult courses. With the opening of Gamble Sands, he preached the virtues of playability with a missionary’s zeal. His story is among Golfweek's 40 great reads.
Chambers Bay: Why is this course hosting the U.S. Open 2015?
Chambers Bay, the 2015 U.S. Open venue, embodies the worst of municipal golf, yet it will be on the national stage.
British Open TV coverage moving to NBC/Golf Channel in 2017
The British Open or Open Championship golf major will move to NBC and Golf Channel for TV coverage starting in 2017 at Royal Birkdale for 12 years after coverage on ESPN.
Golf Channel lays off 3 percent of workforce
Golf Channel laid off about 30 employees mostly in the original-production division as the company reduces costly programming.
Golf Channel's Brandt Packer talks about producing NCAA’s ‘major championship’
Golf Channel's Brandt Packer talks about producing the NCAA Men's and Women's Championships at Concession Golf Club and college golf on television.
Fox's amateur hour shows much work remains before U.S. Open airs
Fox’s coverage of the recent men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships showed that it has a lot of work to do before U.S. Open.
As Fox begins broadcasting USGA championships, a Q&A with Fox anchor Joe Buck
Fox Sports is about to begin its first season covering U.S. Golf Association championships, and Golfweek recently caught up with anchor Joe Buck.
Fox Sports to air U.S. Open preview April 27 golf television special
The 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament TV coverage on Fox Sports with Joe Buck and Holly Sonders USGA championships to air preview on Fox Sports 1 April 27.
Fox Sports announces talent lineup for USGA Championships
Fox Sports has assembled its talent lineup for its first season broadcasting USGA Championships.
Augusta National's control apparent in Masters TV coverage on CBS
The Masters 2015 telecast TV coverage on CBS with Jim Nantz Nick Faldo and Frank Nobilo commentary on coverage of Jordan Spieth's win at Augusta National Golf Club.
South Africa: A stirring landscape for golf, safaris and wine
A powerful combination of safari, golf, wine and breathtaking scenery has tourism on the rise in South Africa.
TV: Arnold Palmer soldiers’ stories carry Golf Channel documentary ‘Arnie & Me’
Golf Channel's new documentary “Arnie & Me” consists largely of videos submitted by loyal soldiers in Arnie’s Army, recounting random meetings with Palmer.
TV: ‘Spotlight’ coverage of PGA Tour's Honda Classic embraces golf geekdom
While NBC was following the action at the top of the leaderboard, Brandt Packer and his crew were tracking play on the “Bear Trap,” the watery three-hole stretch from Nos. 15-17 at the PGA National Champion Course.
Golf course architect Gil Hanse to start work on Mossy Oak Golf Club in Mississippi
Architect Gil Hanse is scheduled to start work next month on Mossy Oak Golf Club, a new golf course in West Point, Miss.
Back9Network suspends operations, evaluates future
Back9Network, the upstart golf lifestyle channel that launched Sept. 29, announced Feb. 23 that it has suspended operations.
TV: James Hahn goes from Nationwide talker to PGA Tour title
At the conclusion of the Northern Trust Open, Martin Kaufmann was unusually generous in his weekly television column.
Fox promotes coverage of USGA championships and Daytona 500 with charity event
A charity event at Daytona International Speedway allowed Fox Sports to promote the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 and also the network’s first year televising U.S. Golf Association tournaments.
Can Tour Skratch fans’ itch for player interaction?
Golf has a youth problem. One of the ways the PGA Tour hopes to address that issue is with the launch of Skratch TV, a social-networking community around unique PGA Tour content.
Fox Sports promises fresh look in airing USGA championships in 2015
Fox Sports promises a fresh look and respectful tone as it prepares to air golf's national championships.
Brandel Chamblee values rare week in 18th tower for Golf Channel
Brandel Chamblee only works live golf once or twice a year. Chamblee is at his best in the studio, but his experience with players and instructors at Pebble Beach was a reminder of the value of onsite reporting.
PGA Tour's Pebble Beach Pro-Am in dire need of a facelift
Pebble Beach has the odd distinction of being perhaps the PGA Tour’s best venue and the site of its worst tournament. Martin Kaufmann highlights some necessary changes.
Jim Koppenhaver: Too many golf courses, too few golfers
At last month’s PGA Merchandise Show, Jim Koppenhaver of Pellucid Corp. acknowledged that his candid analysis of the golf business sometimes draws blowback from various sectors.
A Golf Channel interview with President Mike McCauley about the first 20 years and the future of the network
Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel, sat down to discuss the state of the channel. In this part of the interview, McCarley discusses the channel's first two decades and what's in store going forward.
A Golf Channel interview with President Mike McCauley new initiative amid a crowded schedule
Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel, sat down to discuss the state of the channel. In this part of the interview, McCarley discusses future programming initiatives and how the channel is coping with a heavy tournament schedule.
A Golf Channel interview with President Mike McCauley about internal challenges and the Olympic opportunity
Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel, sat down to discuss the state of the channel. In this part of the interview, McCarley discusses internal challenges and an Olympic opportunity.
Ireland sees tourism uptick from U.S. visitors
From the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s western coastline to the news that Rory McIlroy’s foundation will host the Irish Open at Royal County Down in May, there’s plenty for visitors to see and experience on the island.
CBS Sports upgrades golf coverage with addition of Frank Nobilo
Frank Nobilo will be joining CBS Sports as a golf analyst in 2015, joining the network for coverage of the Masters and PGA Championship, as well as other selected events.
Our town: It's PGA Merchandise Show week in Orlando
For most PGA Show attendees, Orlando is a winter respite. For us, it’s home. Look out for these gems during show week.
Golf Channel plans Phoenix lead-up to Super Bowl
NBC Sports will broadcast the Super Bowl Feb. 1 from Phoenix, but in the days leading up to the game, much of the action in the desert will play out on NBC’s cable sister, Golf Channel.
Fox Sports to tease U.S. Open coverage during NFC Championship game
Fox Sports will use today’s NFC Championship to tease its coverage of June’s U.S. Open, the first major championship on the network’s golf schedule under its contract with the U.S. Golf Association.
ESPN to air live coverage of Latin American Amateur Championship in Argentina
ESPN is introducing a new event to golf viewers. This week it will air live coverage of the inaugural Latin American Amateur Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Golf Channel expands PGA Merchandise Show coverage
Golf Channel continues to expand its coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show, the golf industry’s biggest annual gathering.
Martin Kaufmann: Golf fans already eyeing Fox Sports warily leading up to its USGA coverage
Martin Kaufmann's response to emails from readers fretting that Fox Sports isn't up to the job of broadcasting its first USGA event in four months: R-E-L-A-X.
Fox to air USGA documentary on Jack Nicklaus before NFL's NFC Championship Game on Jan. 18
Fox will air its Jack Nicklaus documentary at noon Jan. 18, before the NFL's NFC Championship Game. Nicklaus, his wife Barbara and Gary Player make appearances in the footage.
My Year in Golf: Marty Kaufmann
As a part of Golfweek's My Year in Golf series, Marty Kaufmann reflects on his travel to South Africa and other notable trips he took in 2014.
David McLay Kidd plans for user-friendly design at Sand Valley
This has been quite a year for David McLay Kidd, and now he has landed arguably the biggest architectural assignment in golf this year – the second course at Sand Valley, the Rome, Wis., resort being developed by Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser.
Golf brew-haha: Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Freddie Jacobson bring regional flavors to a head
Graeme McDowell has joined fellow PGA Tour players Freddie Jacobson and Keegan Bradley on a venture called GolfBeer Brewing Co., with each man putting his name on a signature beer.
The Garrison, West Point live up to high praise
A trip to West Point, N.Y., and The Garrison offered plenty of highlights for Martin Kauffman, who was able to soak in the Hudson River scenery.
Kaufmann: NBC offers too much talking, not enough "live" action
Our Martin Kaufmann experienced all the coverage that NBC had to offer during the Ryder Cup, and left thinking that the new kid on the block, Fox, might be able to liven up live golf coverage.
Like U.S. team at Ryder Cup, Golf Channel struggles with ‘Alternate Shot’
Like the U.S. team at Ryder Cup, the Golf Channel struggles with ‘Alternate Shot,’ the alternative programming to NBC's broadcast of the Ryder Cup.
Highlights, lowlights from Friday's television coverage of the Ryder Cup
Martin Kaufmann breaks down the highlights and lowlights from Friday's television coverage of the Ryder Cup.
Golf resorts news: Pinehurst No. 2 and Dye's Valley reopen and Bay Hill hires a new superintendent
Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2 has reopened after converting its greens, while Dye's Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is ready for play after seven months of extensive renovation work; plus more golf resorts news
Golf Channel promotes ‘Relaxed Rules’ initiative
Golf Channel is promoting "Relaxed Rules" initiative, aimed at making the game more enjoyable and faster.