Watch Golf Live without a Cable Bill
Cut the Cord but Keep Your Golf
Golf is an easy sport to pick up, and a very difficult one to master. It may not be the most popular sport in the country, but golf still enjoys a healthy following and rich tradition dating back hundreds of years.
In the last couple of weeks I have been getting e-mails about how to watch golf without a cable subscription. You never know how much you truly rely on the Golf Channel until you cut out the cable company are left to find golfing events yourself.
While it may be true that cable networks like the Golf Channel make it easier to view profession golf; in truth the cord cutting golf fan has just as many options as someone who has cable.
Today, I’m going to walk you through on how to watch golf without relying on an expensive cable plan. Let’s get started…
Golf on Sling TV and PSVue
As you have probably noticed, the majority of golfing events on television air don’t air on broadcast television. But not to worry, it’s still incredibly easy to watch Golf without cable. All you need is a subscription to either Sling TV (Free Trial) or PlayStation Vue.
Here’s why: If you subscribe to Sling TV’s Blue package for $25 a month, you’ll get access to NBC Sports and Fox Sports 1 & 2 (FS1 FS2), both of which broadcast their fair share of golf. But even better than that, if you have the Blue package you can get the Sports Extra add-on for another $5 a month. With that add-on, you’ll get access to the Golf Channel, which is THE network for golf lovers.
Alternatively, you can simply subscribe to Playstation Vue’s Access package for a comparable $30 a month and get access to all of the aforementioned network + ESPN, which is a HUGE plus if you’re a fan of literally any other sport.
Watch Golf Channel Online
As mentioned above, if you want to pick up the Golf Channel, all you need to do is spend $5 extra a month to get the Sports Extra add-on. If you’re not sure, start with their 7-day free trial. What do you got to lose?
Watch Golf with an Antenna
The first thing you want to do is get an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna. An OTA antenna enables to you pick up the signal from broadcast networks in HD for free; the five major broadcast networks are ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW. Basically, an OTA antenna is the rabbit ears of the 21st century.
By purchasing an OTA antenna, you will actually be able to watch the vast majority of PGA tournaments live & in HD. Although a good portion of tournaments air on the Golf Channel, they are also simulcast on either NBC or CBS.
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Pretty much all of the early tournaments this season will be aired on the Golf Channel or Sirius Satellite radio; but from Late January onward, 90 percent of tournaments will air on either CBS or NBC. Click here to check out the PGA’s television schedule.
If you’re worried about missing a match, you can always get a DVR. There are a few DVRs on the market that don’t require cable or a expensive subscription; like Channel Master DVR. If you don’t like what the market has to offer, you can also easily build one yourself!
Watch Golf with ESPN
For few tournaments that air on ESPN, you may be able to watch them on the watchESPN app. If you have cable, watchESPN lets you stream ESPN 1, 2, and 3. If you don’t have cable, you can stream ESPN 3. Since Golf is not a huge priority to the network, many of the tournaments get relegated to ESPN 3. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s something you should keep in the back of your head just in case.
Watch Golf with PGA’s Website
The official PGA website also offers live streams of official tournaments as well. However, most of these are tournaments you could catch OTA on NBC or CBS so it’s not much of an advantage. Also, a lot of the time it will require you to sign in with a cable subscriber anyway; which is the opposite of what we want to do.
Streaming is an Option, but not a Great One
If you hate missing golf, no matter the importance of the match, you might want to look into online streaming to fill that need. There are plenty of sites online that stream sports of all kinds, and you would be surprised at the quality of the feed sometimes. Often you will have to go a little off the beaten Internet path to find such sites, but for many cord cutters it’s worth it.
Stream2Watch and WiziWig are relatively dependable streaming sites that offer a wide variety of content. It should be noted that any time you use a free streaming site that you always take a risk. Exercise caution and prudence when streaming; and don’t download anything. Personally, I don’t like risking my computer so I stick with official streaming applications and site; but the choice is yours.
Cut the Cord but Keep Your Golf
Despite popular opinion, a golf fan has very little to lose when it comes to killing the cable bill and cutting the cord. Very little is lost when you get rid of cable, and even then there are ways around missing out on the small handful of tournaments on cable.
If you’re a golf fan that’s fed up with paying too much for cable, what are you waiting for? You’ve got nothing to lose except a monthly bill. Instead of bending to the will of Big Cable; take the leap, cut the cord, and kill the cable bill!