Where to watch PGA Tour Golf in Australia: Kayo and Foxtel
From the fairway to the bunker, PGA Tour golf offers up the sport's biggest names and best moments. So where should you tee off?
How good is golf? If you're a huge fan of golf, one of the world's richest sports, then you'll know that there is almost always a tournament on somewhere in the world. The questions is; where can you watch it? The most comprehensive golf broadcaster in Australia is Foxtel, but it in itself isn't a singular option.
All eight of the Fox Sports channels, two ESPN channels, and three beIN Sports channels are available through Foxtel directly (either view Foxtel Now or Foxtel IQ) or through the new streaming service Kayo Sports. Kayo being a sister product to Foxtel owned by the same larger corporation.
So what golf can you watch on Foxtel and Kayo Sports? And which of these two services is right for you?
2019 Australian Golf TV Schedule
The following games and tours are currently scheduled to be broadcast live on Foxtel and on Kayo Sports in 2019. These will not all be available on demand, however. That said, those golf tours that aren't fit to be on demand will be re-broadcast as highlights shows and as replays in the normal channel schedule. For actual specific event dates, we have a Global Golf Calendar available.
|Tour||Events Broadcast||Live||Replay||On Demand|
|PGA Tour/Fedex Cup||All||Yes||Yes||No|
|PGA Tour Champions||All||Yes||Yes||No|
|PGA Tour China||All||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ladies European Tour||All||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|British Senior Open||All||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|The Masters (Major)||All||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|The British Open Championship (Major)||All||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|US Open (Major)||All||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|PGA Championship (Major)||All||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Where and when to watch USPGA Arnold Palmer Invitational
The next big golfing event to air on Foxtel and Kayo Sports is the Arnold Palmer Invitational USPGA tour event. Coverage starts at 6am on Fox Sports 503 on March 8, 2019 and runs for four hours. Round 2 follows the same schedule on March 9. Round 3 and the Final Round start at the same time, but the coverage shifts to Fox Sports 505.
Here is when the Arnold Palmer Invitational begins across the country.
- Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart: 6:00am AEDT
- Perth: 3:00am AWST
- Darwin: 4:30am ACST
- Brisbane: 5:00am AEST
- Adelaide: 5:30am ACDT
- New Zealand: 8:00am NZDT
Interestingly Round 2, Round 3 and the Final Round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational are immediately followed by live coverage of the PGA Tour Champions Hoag Classic tournament. So you can double down on your golf this weekend!
Is golf on Kayo Sports any good?
Yes, it's excellent. Kayo Sports allows you to stream all of the golf on the above schedule to a host of devices in high-definition. This includes PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and ChromeCast. It doesn't work natively through your TV at this stage – which may be off-putting to some – but it is quite simple to connect via ChromeCast. We have a guide to help you through the process.
What's great about Kayo Sports is its availability (it's always with you), its supplementary content (specials, highlights, talk shows, documentaries) and its unique sports viewing features. The latter includes the ability to use SplitView to watch up to four channels at once, as well as a picture-in-picture mode, an option to hide results, jump to highlight moment and more.
As well as golf, you also get access to 50 other live sports, and the ability to stream on two different screens simultaneously. There is no lock-in contract, and at $25 a month it's excellent value. There is an easy to opt-in and opt-out 14-day free trial so you can test it out easily, too.
Is golf on Foxtel any good?
Golf on Foxtel can be excellent, but its high price point and invasive installation process mean it is only a good fit for the very high-end fan. The Foxtel IQ box must be installed by a technician at an additional cost and on a contract. This can involve cabling, outlets and possibly even a satellite dish. You also must subscribe to the base channel pack and the HD pack before you can access the sport pack in all its glory. That's a cost of $68 a month and potentially a whole bunch of channels you don't need.
The good news is that the Foxtel IQ4 set-top box is capable of showing golf in 4K. The golf needs to be broadcast in 4K, and you need to have a 4K TV, to see it, but there's no doubt it's glorious. You can also record to the box, giving you control of when you can watch those tournaments – like the PGA Tour – that aren't available On Demand.
The Foxtel Go app does come with a Foxtel IQ subscription, which means you can stream golf to your mobile devices as well as watch it on the TV for no extra cost. But given that both Kayo Sports and Foxtel show the exact same live sports experience, it's hard to justify the extra cost of Foxtel IQ unless it meets your particular needs for 4K, or additional non-sporting channels.
It would also be remiss of us not to point out that while Foxtel has confirmed 4K broadcasts of Cricket, AFL, NRL, Football and Motorsport in 2019, it has not yet confirmed if it will show any golf tournaments in this resolution.