Any members at private courses where tour events are held (nationwide, senior or pga tour)?

Deciding this week to join TPC Boston. I am 99.9 percent going to join, but just want to know what to expect when these events come to town, both before, during and after the tournament.
Thanks!
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Expect no golf on the tournament course a little before the starting date and nothing really special besides easy access to tickets come event time.
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Ask about reciprocal playing privileges at other area courses during tournament time. Many clubs arrange for an alternate location to play for their members.
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I have worked with a few members of the TPC River Highlands (the Greater Hartford Open). Both of them are happy with their membership. If distance wasn't an issue for me, I would become a member.
During the event week, one of them (who lives on the course) throws a killer party.
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thx for all the helpful responses so far. any issues with constant upgrades to the courses based on tour player input? i played tpc on saturday and noticed a few bulldozers out there making more improvements, wile this is great for the course, i would be worried about constant maintenance, but the membeers and pros ensured me this wasn't the case. i agree, but welcome any more feedback.
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I am a member at TPC of Michigan, joining a TPC Club is always a good idea in my book.
We used to host the Ford Senior Player Championship, it was never really an inconvenience, they do set up the tents and displays for a while before the event and take them down after, but it was never an issue for me. You do get a deal on tickets and many members do volunteer to work the event as well. They will shut down the course for 2 weeks before the event, but it usually opens the week following. Again, not a big issue to me.
Now, back to the TPC Network. You will enjoy the ability to play any TPC in the world, i believe there are currently 29 courses, and a few have 2 courses at the club. They offer the unescorted guest policy which allows you to have guests play at your club or any TPC without you being in the group, which is not very common for private clubs. I have truly enjoyed my membership at TPC. TPC also has one of the best events, it is called TPC Interclub, all of the private TPC clubs meet at a host site and compete in matches like the Ryder Cup, its alot of fun. Plus, our former Head Pro just moved back to TPC Boston.
Hope you decide to do it, cant say enough great things about all the TPC clubs.
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I'm sure they work out some reciprocals with other courses around Boston...maybe Boston Golf, etc. Let me know if you need a partner for any Mem-guests!!!
Are you considering any other Boston area courses?
DBOGEY
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i was considering Walpole and Wollaston. Walpole is a nice track, but I don't love the course. That is a huge factor for me. Wollaston is a little steep price wise. Both clubs also have food minimum and assessments, while TPC has a policy against both. Practice facilities are also huge for me and TPC outclasses most courses in that regard anyways.
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I am a member at TPC of Michigan, joining a TPC Club is always a good idea in my book.
We used to host the Ford Senior Player Championship, it was never really an inconvenience, they do set up the tents and displays for a while before the event and take them down after, but it was never an issue for me. You do get a deal on tickets and many members do volunteer to work the event as well. They will shut down the course for 2 weeks before the event, but it usually opens the week following. Again, not a big issue to me.
Now, back to the TPC Network. You will enjoy the ability to play any TPC in the world, i believe there are currently 29 courses, and a few have 2 courses at the club. They offer the unescorted guest policy which allows you to have guests play at your club or any TPC without you being in the group, which is not very common for private clubs. I have truly enjoyed my membership at TPC. TPC also has one of the best events, it is called TPC Interclub, all of the private TPC clubs meet at a host site and compete in matches like the Ryder Cup, its alot of fun. Plus, our former Head Pro just moved back to TPC Boston.
Hope you decide to do it, cant say enough great things about all the TPC clubs.
They told me the course would close Sunday, pro-am is Monday. Big difference from 2 weeks in my opinion. They also said the course opens back up Tuesday (tourney ends on Monday) and you get to play all the same pins etc. I hope I am remembering correctly. This is a big selling point for me.
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I believe the course will close Saturday August 29th, the tournament will be held the weekend of the Sept. 4th (with pro am and practice rounds before the actual tourney days) and the course should reopen on Wed. Sept. 9th. As with most courses hosting a tournament the aeration will start soon after-- probably Monday the 14th. I'll send you a PM with some info.
EDIT: Corrected typo on date course will reopen (Wed. Spet. 9th).
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I am a member at TPC of Michigan, joining a TPC Club is always a good idea in my book.
We used to host the Ford Senior Player Championship, it was never really an inconvenience, they do set up the tents and displays for a while before the event and take them down after, but it was never an issue for me. You do get a deal on tickets and many members do volunteer to work the event as well. They will shut down the course for 2 weeks before the event, but it usually opens the week following. Again, not a big issue to me.
Now, back to the TPC Network. You will enjoy the ability to play any TPC in the world, i believe there are currently 29 courses, and a few have 2 courses at the club. They offer the unescorted guest policy which allows you to have guests play at your club or any TPC without you being in the group, which is not very common for private clubs. I have truly enjoyed my membership at TPC. TPC also has one of the best events, it is called TPC Interclub, all of the private TPC clubs meet at a host site and compete in matches like the Ryder Cup, its alot of fun. Plus, our former Head Pro just moved back to TPC Boston.
Hope you decide to do it, cant say enough great things about all the TPC clubs.
They told me the course would close Sunday, pro-am is Monday. Big difference from 2 weeks in my opinion. They also said the course opens back up Tuesday (tourney ends on Monday) and you get to play all the same pins etc. I hope I am remembering correctly. This is a big selling point for me.
I would be really surprised if they only close one day in advance of the tournament. I know we were closed for at least the entire week prior, we did reopen the following Tuesday as the club is always closed on Monday. I even remember hitting from temporary mats on the tee boxes and in certain fairways, they want the course to be in perfect condition when the players get there. I am sure all the clubs have slightly different practices regarding their events. Hope i helped in your decision, TPC has a great system.
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I played there last year the Sunday before the tournament. There was a lot of activity and things being done, but it was still open.
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i was considering Walpole and Wollaston. Walpole is a nice track, but I don't love the course. That is a huge factor for me. Wollaston is a little steep price wise. Both clubs also have food minimum and assessments, while TPC has a policy against both. Practice facilities are also huge for me and TPC outclasses most courses in that regard anyways.
Have never played Walpole, I like Wollaston, playing the Mass Am. Qualifyer there. I also heard they have a Memebership deal going on this year....not sure if they're still offering it? I'm surprised that TPC is isn't more than Wollaston. I've played TPC boston a few times...played right after the tourney last year....all the stands were still up, it was pretty cool. One of the guy's I played with caught a bunker shot a little thin and put it in the lux box on 17 pretty funny.....he played his next shot out of the lux box onto the green. Love the range there......as far as the cours goes it's good not a lot of the holes really stand out except for 16, 17, 18 great finishing holes!
Good luck with your decision, can't go wrong with TPC Boston.
DBOGEY
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Br7ian -- Maybe you have dates mixed up, or special access to the course while closed? The course was definitely closed the Sunday before the tournament last year and the year before. The email that went out announcing closure dates said: "As a reminder, the Club and Golf Course will be closed for the Deutsche Bank Championship beginning Saturday August 23rd and will re-open on Wednesday September 3rd. The Club will also be closed on Friday August 22nd for the One Day Member Guest; there will be no starting times or dining reservations available. All lockers and bag storage should be cleaned out by Friday August 22nd." This is the general practice at the course-- close the Saturday preceding the tournament week and reopen the Wednesday after the tournament (which has a Monday finish).
Some other info on tournament prep: The course doesn't use practice mats on tee boxes leading up to tournaments. If you take a cart it's paths only for the weeks leading to the tourney, and for a short while they accept fewer tee times so the course has less play before the tournament.
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I am a member at TPC of Michigan, joining a TPC Club is always a good idea in my book.
We used to host the Ford Senior Player Championship, it was never really an inconvenience, they do set up the tents and displays for a while before the event and take them down after, but it was never an issue for me. You do get a deal on tickets and many members do volunteer to work the event as well. They will shut down the course for 2 weeks before the event, but it usually opens the week following. Again, not a big issue to me.
Now, back to the TPC Network. You will enjoy the ability to play any TPC in the world, i believe there are currently 29 courses, and a few have 2 courses at the club. They offer the unescorted guest policy which allows you to have guests play at your club or any TPC without you being in the group, which is not very common for private clubs. I have truly enjoyed my membership at TPC. TPC also has one of the best events, it is called TPC Interclub, all of the private TPC clubs meet at a host site and compete in matches like the Ryder Cup, its alot of fun. Plus, our former Head Pro just moved back to TPC Boston.
Hope you decide to do it, cant say enough great things about all the TPC clubs.
They told me the course would close Sunday, pro-am is Monday. Big difference from 2 weeks in my opinion. They also said the course opens back up Tuesday (tourney ends on Monday) and you get to play all the same pins etc. I hope I am remembering correctly. This is a big selling point for me.
I would be really surprised if they only close one day in advance of the tournament. I know we were closed for at least the entire week prior, we did reopen the following Tuesday as the club is always closed on Monday. I even remember hitting from temporary mats on the tee boxes and in certain fairways, they want the course to be in perfect condition when the players get there. I am sure all the clubs have slightly different practices regarding their events. Hope i helped in your decision, TPC has a great system.
Agree with JHR.
Our course is/was TPC Avenel/Potomac - which just reopened today after a 21 month layoff, where the tour redesigned the course and the clubhouse - outstanding job.
Personally I thought hosting the tournament was a pain. It was 2 to 3 weeks that you couldn't play the course. And during tournament week you were treated exactly like a member of the public - no privileges as a member (other than first dibs on tickets). In a sense - you are a member for 50 weeks out of the year (or whenever the Tour doesn't want to use it). Yes it is neat to play a course where the pro's play and your game gets better when you play "away" courses. Facilities are terrific and it's a real treat. Don't be fooled though - it's expensive. You don't have monthly dues - b/c they collect them all up front each year. Down here depending on you membership - it is around $7K a year in January; then you have a f&b minimum of about $600 for the rest of the year; and you still pay cart fees and caddie fees; locker fees; storage fees...etc. etc. etc. But TPC is a great place imho. Don't miss your member/guest - it is essentially 4 days of being treated like the pros are treated.
When we hosted the Kemper/FBR/BoozAllen - the course was basically closed for 2-3 weeks due to the tournament. Members get zero privileges when a tournament is in town unless you buy passes. But the 2 weeks the Tour is in town - you can't go to the clubhouse. We never attracted a bunch of top 10 players- so I don't mind not having a tournament - it's 2-3 more weeks that we can play. :-) Now Congressional (about .5 mile away) has Tiger's tournament - tickets are easy enough to get, and we don't have to give up our course. I've been a member for about 8 years - so I got jaded. It is fun to play where the pro's played their pins - but it's a six hour round. But it's fun in the beginning.
The best reason, imho to join a TPC is for business. TPC courses tend to be ones that clients WANT to play - and the experience is terrific. It has more than paid for itself through the business generated. The next best reason to join is for the network - you can get access to all of the network courses across the country and tee times are pretty easy. One perk - if you have out of state clients - you can sit in Boston, and arrange for your clients in DC to go play TPC Potomac; or if they are in Las Vegas, you can send them to Summerlin - and they will love it.
One last thing though - it is ONLY a golf club - there is no tennis and no pool.
Ask about different levels of membership - each has different perks.
And I agree with DHR about the Inter-club - really fun. I met two super guys from TPC Michigan at last years IC at TPC Summerlin & TPC Las Vegas. :-)
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Thanks again for all the responses. Its unfortunate that a few contradict what I thought I was told by a few members and the brass at TPC. I will have to get that straightened out. I am guessing members catch a lot of flack from members at other courses for not being able to even step foot in the clubhouse during the tournament. I guess it is not an equity club so you can't complain. I wonder how it works when they have a tournament at The Country Club or other prestigious courses. Would the members stand for that? Doubtful. I did hear there was a members only tent where the caddies would congregate and tell great stories, which is nice. In my opinion, there is a big difference between the club closing a day before the pro-am and a week before the pro-am, especially in prime golfing season in August. I think all the TPCs are a little bit different because TPC Boston has a strict policy against food minimums and assessments. My level of membership would not allow me to play other TPC courses, but the system is flawed, as I could just have another members make an invited guest tee time for me.
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I'm a member of a TOUR event TPC course. There are postives and negatives. Alot more postives than negatives. You can expect about 6 weeks out to start having all the construction of the stands and scoreboards, minor inconvience with workers around. About 2 weeks out, cart path ONLY, no matter the weather. Golf Course closes to member play on the THURSDAY before the tourney week. You have to have your lockers cleaned out by Saturday before the tourney week. You do get 2 free badges for the week. We have seperate rooms in the clubhouse for members with free food and drinks. Course reopens the TUESDAY following the tourney. Then for about 2 weeks following the tourney, the workers are back taking down all the grand stands and boards and such. But the inconvience of the tourney is minor for the fact. Your golf course is ALWAYS in great shape. They have to keep up with the latest and greatest in agronomy.
Hope this helps.
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Also, we are able to play at the other country clubs for those 10 days during the tourney time for a small fee. Every TOUR stop/course I'm sure is different, but like I said, at the end of the day, it's a minor inconvience for what you get the other 51 weeks of the year.
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Although I haven't played the course, it does seem that the Gil Hanse changes to the TPC Boston have improved that course tremendously!
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Just confirmed with a member who has access to the course calendar on the member website that it closes on the Saturday before tournament week, which is awesome. Opens the Wednesday after (monday finish) so 1 day buffer on each end. Also nothing about mats on the tees or fairways. That just sounds rediculou imho.
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Thanks again for all the responses. Its unfortunate that a few contradict what I thought I was told by a few members and the brass at TPC. I will have to get that straightened out. I am guessing members catch a lot of flack from members at other courses for not being able to even step foot in the clubhouse during the tournament. I guess it is not an equity club so you can't complain. I wonder how it works when they have a tournament at The Country Club or other prestigious courses. Would the members stand for that? Doubtful. I did hear there was a members only tent where the caddies would congregate and tell great stories, which is nice. In my opinion, there is a big difference between the club closing a day before the pro-am and a week before the pro-am, especially in prime golfing season in August. I think all the TPCs are a little bit different because TPC Boston has a strict policy against food minimums and assessments. My level of membership would not allow me to play other TPC courses, but the system is flawed, as I could just have another members make an invited guest tee time for me.
I'm assuming you're under 40 years old? TPC is expensive to join as a non-business member, imho. But it's essentially "top country club golf" without the other benefits of a country club. The Network is the key selling point for personal use imho. But if all you're concerned about is playing golf on a great course - it is expensive, but you DO get what you pay for imho. As for the system - yes you can rely on others to make tee times for you and your guests - but just keep in mind that that requires your "host" to also be a secretary and make the reservations for you, and also have to bill you for the "privilege of helping you". It's not something I'd ask people to do frequently....imho. YMMV.
FWIW I think Congressional is a pretty prestigious course imho. They had to vote on Tiger's tournament several times before accepting it...many members hate the fact that the tournament will conflict with their July 4th Bash...and many of the members don't care about the "cachee" of a tournament. They host it for Tiger and the Tour (many older members know Tim Finchem), and to make sure they continue to get US Opens- - which makes their course well known. So even members at "better courses" have to choke on it a bit. They have constant course redesigns and club house alterations....all of which cost the members.
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I am a member at TPC of Michigan, joining a TPC Club is always a good idea in my book.
We used to host the Ford Senior Player Championship, it was never really an inconvenience, they do set up the tents and displays for a while before the event and take them down after, but it was never an issue for me. You do get a deal on tickets and many members do volunteer to work the event as well. They will shut down the course for 2 weeks before the event, but it usually opens the week following. Again, not a big issue to me.
Now, back to the TPC Network. You will enjoy the ability to play any TPC in the world, i believe there are currently 29 courses, and a few have 2 courses at the club. They offer the unescorted guest policy which allows you to have guests play at your club or any TPC without you being in the group, which is not very common for private clubs. I have truly enjoyed my membership at TPC. TPC also has one of the best events, it is called TPC Interclub, all of the private TPC clubs meet at a host site and compete in matches like the Ryder Cup, its alot of fun. Plus, our former Head Pro just moved back to TPC Boston.
Hope you decide to do it, cant say enough great things about all the TPC clubs.
They told me the course would close Sunday, pro-am is Monday. Big difference from 2 weeks in my opinion. They also said the course opens back up Tuesday (tourney ends on Monday) and you get to play all the same pins etc. I hope I am remembering correctly. This is a big selling point for me.
I would be really surprised if they only close one day in advance of the tournament. I know we were closed for at least the entire week prior, we did reopen the following Tuesday as the club is always closed on Monday. I even remember hitting from temporary mats on the tee boxes and in certain fairways, they want the course to be in perfect condition when the players get there. I am sure all the clubs have slightly different practices regarding their events. Hope i helped in your decision, TPC has a great system.
Auguststa National is Open thru the Sunday before the Masters practice rounds begin the following Monday.It's not that uncommon.I am at Carolina Country Club and we host the BMW Charity pro am in a couple of weeks.We are open thru the Sunday prior and close Monay thru Sunday but we get privilidges at the country club of Sptbg.The only thing about being a member of a private course is you will get assessed.At some point it will happen.We did when we got the BMW from the Cliffs courses.We kinda got hammered.Food minnimums arent all bad.Food purchases out of the mens grill count and it's only $50 a month so it dosent take long to cover that.It is really cool to play the course the following Monday after the BMW with the same pins and rough as the Nationwide guys play.I would second the motion to join a private club though.
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I don't know what the membership costs are, but there are a lot of really good private options around Boston. If you're traveling and want to play golf, typically a TPC isn't your best option for where you're visiting. A top notch club's pro can get you on at a LOT of places regardless of stated policy. Not to mention networking with members will do wonders for opening doors.....hell, a polite letter to another pro can do the trick.
I know I'd have a hard time with feeling like a pedestrian during tournament week after paying $$$ in dues and initiation. My clubs all hold major college tournaments and that doesn't carry nearly the amount of pomp and circumstance....but the tournaments are a blast. You can stand on the tee boxes with the kids and walk with them all over the course. Super high level of play too, but besides a day for practice rounds (which we can play around) and the days with them on the course, there is no disruption of member play. It's also neat to see which kid has your locker and follow them throughout their career.
You'll figure out plenty of other ways to play great golf when traveling and the time off during tourney time will eventually wear on you, IMO. I've never played TPC Boston, but unless you're in love with the course, I wouldn't join just because of the TPC network. But then again, don't join ANY club unless you love the course....because in the end, that's why you're spending the dough. It's all about the golf.
Good luck.
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Once again, thx for detailed responses. Yes, I am under 40 (25), and I am joining for the golf and practice facility, plain and simple. I don't care about the TPC network to be honest. I only play on weekends and corporate guys won't be around then. I think the headache of the tournament is worth it for the conditions you get to play on leading up to and after the tourney. I joined last night. Thanks all.
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Oh, and I guess the business aspect of it makes sense for me as well, being in Finance, but it wasn't a make or break for me. The service level probably convinced me to pony up for what I already knew I was getting my money's worth in for great golf.
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Once again, thx for detailed responses. Yes, I am under 40 (25), and I am joining for the golf and practice facility, plain and simple. I don't care about the TPC network to be honest. I only play on weekends and corporate guys won't be around then. I think the headache of the tournament is worth it for the conditions you get to play on leading up to and after the tourney. I joined last night. Thanks all.
Congratulations, i hope you enjoy it ( i think you will ). Welcome to TPC Membership.
Make sure you get on the Interclub Team, Boston has one of the best groups to participate with. Ask David your HP about signing up.