I would not say that we’re looking to take down as many Top 100 courses in the world. Seasons 1 and 2 do feature a lot of those courses, but season 2 will also be much different than 1.
Australia, to me, has felt like a world away. It’s not a trip a lot of Americans make (at least not nearly to the same volume as trips to the UK), and it was really hard to visualize a lot of these places. We felt season 1 needed to be a pretty big splash. As badly as we wanna do Michigan (and will), it couldn’t be season 1. Courses that are visually appealing help draw people in, so that was a key. And basically, we just felt like the story hadn’t been told on Australia in video form in a cohesive way. So we took a big swing, first time doing anything remotely like this, and it came out pretty successful. A lot we would have done differently, but I don’t think that will ever change.
Season 2 was more last minute than you might think. The drought played heavily into it, and we thought it was a good opportunity to try to bring to life what makes links golf special. The story on Scotland has been told in a million different ways, but honestly, searching YouTube for strong course profiles on a lot of the places we visited was kinda depressing. Lame course vlogs, generic flyovers, etc. Playing golf in Scotland shifted my paradigm on golf, and we felt like there was a story there. Randy and Tron had never been, so we felt like there was a story there and a good combo of experiences to draw off of. And we also wanted to highlight just how well the Scots do golf, and how great their “secondary” courses are. This season is going to be very different than season 1.
5-6 seasons in, we hope people actually have a hard time pigeon holing what the series is. We expect each one to have a different vibe, with a different style of story to be told. Season 1 was a pretty inaccessible place. Season 2 is the opposite. Season 5 might be SUPER inaccessible, and with that, there’s a pretty big hurdle to climb for the viewers, which is “why would I care about these places?” Hopefully, it’s because there’s a cool story there and that you’ll be entertained watching it.
There’s for sure going to be US seasons, probably one per year. We had a US season planned for this summer that we had to cancel for multiple reasons. The US ones we actually picture being a lot more challenging, and will take a lot of preparation to make sure we really nail.