This seven-note musical theme is a Cool Golf Thing

A favorite earworm returns.
This composer has played a part in more golf broadcasts than Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus combined.

Several golf figures are so famous, they're known by just their first names. Arnie. Jack. Tiger. Phil. Jordan. Bryson. Yanni.

Yanni (Chryssomallis, if you're not into the whole brevity thing) appears on more golf broadcasts than any others. The twice-Grammy-nominated native of Kalamata, Greece, is one of the most prominent composers of the modern era. If you have watched golf on television in the last quarter-century or so, you have heard his music. You can probably hum a few bars. The CBS golf broadcast's theme music comes to our ears courtesy of his stylings.

In recent weeks, another great Yanni tune has reentered golfers' consciousness: "In Celebration of Man," the piece he wrote for use in NBC broadcasts of big-time golf, particularly USGA championships. It has also been adapted for the Open Championship, which Golf Channel and NBC have shown since 2016. But the original version is back on the air now that NBC has resumed broadcasting the USGA's championships. Music tends to stir strong memories, and the seven-note theme that heralds the beginning of the fanfare just hits me right in, as one of those other one-name golfers might say, "the feels."

300 words or less, every Friday.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
2 Comments
Commented on

Looking for assistance in a Europe golf vacation as a couple

Default User Avatar
Commented on

Chills were racing from head to toe listening to that music. Those trumpet notes just radiate championship golf and so many big moments. I found myself thinking of US Opens at Torrey Pines, Bethpage, Chambers Bay, and Pineburst during that one-minute lift of my emotional state due to a battle with cancer. Thank you Golf Advisor and thank you NBC for stepping up to resume quality coverage of the USGA’s championships.

More from the author
4 Min Read
November 23, 2021
We scoured the web of golf and found holiday savings up to 50% off
4 Min Read
November 19, 2021
Architect Tom Doak’s annual Renaissance Cup is equal parts competition, collaboration and celebration.
1 Min Read
November 19, 2021
Cut class, tee it up and get some food, just like the old days.
2 Min Read
November 15, 2021
Golf course news and notes: November, 2021.
2 Min Read
November 15, 2021
Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and world-class instructors help you get up-and-down more often.
1 Min Read
November 12, 2021
No pins? No problem.
Popular
20 Images
November 1, 2021
Golfers sent us photos from Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup venues, plus a famous 19th hole by Tiger Woods.
5 Min Read
November 2, 2021
Some U.S. cities have frighteningly few public-access courses for its residents. If you like variety, you may not want to live in these metros.
12 Min Read
November 18, 2021
Golfers can choose from a wide variety of portable launch monitor price points and user experiences. Here is what's new and the best ones to consider to improve your golf.
5 Min Read
November 3, 2021
Playing golf at night is a fun experience everyone should try.
Load More
Now Reading
This seven-note musical theme is a Cool Golf Thing