Golf fans everywhere, particularly those with young children interested in the game, will get an early Christmas present courtesy of Esquire Network.
The channel will launch “The Short Game,” a 10-part series focused on a group of 7- and 8-year-old golfers striving to compete in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, a prestigious junior golf event for competitors 12 and under. The series will be available in its entirety On Demand Dec. 22 and will premiere Jan. 20 on the Esquire Network.
“The Short Game” is based on, but unaffiliated with, the 2013 documentary of the same name that involved Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in executive production roles. The full-length documentary won several awards for its portrayal of the challenges kids face in competitive golf, including but not limited to parental involvement that often becomes overbearing. It was filmed during the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.
The Esquire Network series follows eight golfers (four boys and four girls) from around the country and documents the kind of demanding preparation and practice they endured ahead of the 2014 event at Pinehurst.
All 10 episodes will be immediately available via On Demand, the mobile app Esquire TV NOW and at esquiretv.com/now. This marks the first time Esquire Network, which launched in September 2013, has made an entire series available to viewers ahead of the network television premiere.