If you are a golf fan, The Golf Channel is an essential part of your live TV channel lineup. It really does a great job covering the sport. And thankfully, it is widely available from streaming services. All your options are discussed below.
In a hurry? But if you just want to start viewing, these are our top picks for golf fans:
- FuboTV: Get 100+ channels — over a third of which are sports-oriented. Use its 7-day free trial to see if it’s right for you!
- Hulu + Live TV: This is a great overall entertainment package with 85+ live channels including a good selection of sports. Try it free for 7 days!
- Sling TV: This low-cost service gives you The Golf Channel and a bunch more. Try it for a month for $10 risk free!
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The Golf Channel (often referred to as simply “Golf”) is a cable network that is part of the NBC Sports Group owned by NBCUniversal.
It offers exclusive coverage of the first two rounds of most PGA Tour events as well as early morning coverage of the final two rounds of most tournaments.
In addition to coverage of the PGA Tour, you will find live broadcasts of golf events taking place in Asia and Europe. Finally, Golf Channel offers a variety of original programming aimed at teaching viewers how to play the game.
How to Watch Golf Channel Live Without Cable
If you want to watch Golf live without cable, you will need to subscribe to a streaming service. There are many streaming platforms that offer this channel as part of a base package or as part of a low-cost add-on to an existing package.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to watch this channel using an antenna. This is because Golf Channel does not broadcast a signal over the air (OTA). It is only available through a third-party provider.
However, you may be able to acquire a signal from NBC itself as it does broadcast OTA in most areas. The primary NBC network generally has coverage of golf events on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during most of the calendar year.
Streaming Services With Golf Channel
Subscribing to a streaming platform may be the best way for those who want to cut the cord to watch their favorite sport on a regular basis. In addition to live coverage of most major golf events, it is usually possible to record your favorite shows, highlights, and anything else that you’d want to watch again in the future.
And streaming services allow you to cancel or transfer your service at any time, which makes it easier to watch TV on your terms.
FuboTV makes the Golf Channel available to customers as part of its standard base (Starter) package. For $64.99 a month, you’ll have the chance to watch your favorite PGA Tour pros from almost any device or TV.
The base plan gives you access to over 100 live TV channels including your local NBC station, NBC Universo, NBCSN, and other NBCUniversal channels.
Included with this are 35+ sports channels including ESPN, FS1, CBS Sports Network, NHL Network, and several channels from TUDN and beIN Sports. It also provides regional sports networks (RSNs) in many areas.
Hulu + Live TV
The Golf Channel is available as part of the Hulu + Live TV base package, which is $64.99 per month. This includes other sports channels including several from ESPN, FS2, Olympic Channel, and more. They also have TBS and TNT.
The base plan comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR and the ability to watch on two devices at the same time.
For more information, see our Hulu + Live TV review.
Sling TV includes the Golf Channel as part of its Sling Blue Sports Extra package, which costs $11 per month. The Sling Blue plan itself will cost you $35 a month, for a total of $46/mo for 50+ channels. These also include NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NBA TV, MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone, and NHL Network.
The main downside of this plan is that it doesn’t include any ESPN channels. You can opt to purchase both the Sling Blue and Sling Orange plan for $50/mo. If you do, you can add the complete Sports Extra package, which is $15 a month.
This will give you access to 70+ channels including all the above and over a half-dozen ESPN channels, Big Ten Network, and beIN Sports.
To learn more read our Sling TV review.
The Golf Channel is available as part of the DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) Ultimate plan, which starts at $94.99 per month. This gives you access to over 130 live TV channels including many owned by NBCUniversal such as NBCSN and USA. You’ll also get your local NBC station.
DIRECTV STREAM also provides the best coverage of RSNs in the industry. These are the channels you need if you want to watch all the games of your local MLB, NBA, and NHL teams.
All plans come with 20 hours of cloud DVR and the ability to stream on up to 20 devices at one time at home or 3 when on the road.
Find out more in our DIRECTV STREAM review.
Other Ways to Get Golf Channel
YouTube TV offers the Golf Channel for $64.99/mo. You’ll also receive access to NBC Universo, NBCSN, and other NBC stations as part of your monthly service charge.
You can use the NBC Sports app to watch Golf Channel and other channels. You need to log in using your streaming service, so this isn’t a way to get Golf without an account, but it is handy. Note that it doesn’t provide a live stream of the channel but does provide live streams of events.
Watch Golf Channel on Streaming TVs and Devices
More than most sports, golf really needs a good device to watch on. Luckily, the streaming services we’ve discussed offer many choices for watching Golf Channel in all its glory:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile devices
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iOS devices (iPhone, iPad)
- Samsung smart TVs
- Web browsers.
FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and Sling TV support smart TVs from LG, Vizio, and those that run Android TV. They also support the Xbox One. Sling TV supports the Oculus VR system. Hulu + Live TV also supports Nintendo Switch and PlayStation systems.
This list isn’t complete. For the full list, see the streaming service reviews we linked to above.
The Golf Channel is a “cable” station that is owned by NBCUniversal and is available in millions of American homes via various providers.
If you don’t want to sign-up for a long-term cable or satellite package, you can get access to this network by subscribing to one of the many streaming platforms that carry it.
In most cases, you will have access to Golf within minutes of signing up. So what are you waiting for?
Is Golf Channel available everywhere in the country?
Yes, you can get Golf Channel through streaming service regardless of where you live in the United States. Most streaming providers will have an address tool that allows you to see what local channels you will get. This lets you determine if this channel is available before spending any money. But Golf is a national channel and is provided to all subscribers.
Do I need the Golf Channel if I have Peacock?
If you have the Peacock Premium package, you may already have access to a significant amount of content that airs on Golf Channel. However, there is no guarantee that a specific show, live event, or other piece of programming will be available without subscribing to a service that offers the channel itself. Peacock Premium does not provide the Golf live stream.
Peacock has plans to introduce a service called GolfPass, which offers much of the same content that Golf Channel does. Therefore, you may not need both if you already have a subscription to NBC’s streaming service. But that isn’t true today.
What happens if NBC stations are removed from a streaming provider?
In September 2021, YouTube TV and NBCUniversal had trouble with their contract negotiations. There was much concern among YouTube TV subscribers that they were going to lose access to the NBC channels.
In the end, a deal was reached. But in cases where a streaming service can’t reach a deal with a TV network, the subscribers lose access and need to move to another service if the lost channels are important to them.
How do I watch sports outside Golf Channel without cable?
See any of the following guides for information on how to watch sports on different channels:
- ACC Network
- Bally Sports Arizona
- Bally Sports Detroit
- Bally Sports Florida
- Bally Great Lakes
- Bally Sports Indiana
- Bally Kansas City
- Bally Sports Midwest
- Bally New Orleans
- Bally Sports North
- Bally Sports Ohio
- Bally Sports Oklahoma
- Bally Sports San Diego
- Bally Sports South
- Bally Sports Southeast
- Bally Southwest
- Bally Sports Sun
- Bally Sports West