Golf Drives Original Series

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In what sounds like the network’s spin on The Amazing Race, Golf Channel will drive its own new original competition show this summer.

Scheduled to premiere July 22, Highway 18 will follow five teams of skilled golfers who hit the road in Florida for the ultimate golf adventure.

The series, production on which begins next month, will follow the two-person teams competing in a golf “road rally,” in which a variety of landmarks and little-known places will provide contestants a playing ground over 10 weekly episodes throughout the Sunshine State.

Each installment will feature a “road challenge” and a “clubhouse challenge.” The former comprises either quick stops — such as target practice at a highway driving range — or involved skills challenges in well-known but nontraditional settings, including tourist attractions and sports venues. The latter challenges will take place at various golf courses, ranging from famous championship venues to municipal facilities.

Highway 18 will be so much more than 18 holes of golf,” said Golf Channel executive producer Jay Kossoff in a statement. “The paces we’ll put the contestants through and the emotional and physical journeys they will experience will captivate viewers.”