The A-B-Cs of playing a TPC


The PGA Tour resumes this week with the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship. Held at the TPC Boston, it's another venue in a long line of fantastic courses within the TPC network.

I've always dreamed of playing all the TPC tracks – a monumental task of traveling to 32 different courses in 18 different states. TPC courses have hosted 11 PGA Tour events, six Champions Tour events and two Nationwide Tour events this year alone (see my list below), proving how the TPC brand has radically shaped professional golf since its inception in 1980.

Being in the TPC network means top service and playing conditions come standard. I've read a few stories criticizing TPCs as being 'cookie cutter' designs littered with too many long par 4s, over-built greenside complexes and little architectural imagination. But I've never been disappointed in those I've played. The king of the brand, the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass, home of The PLAYERS Championship, remains one of THE hardest golf courses I've ever tackled.

The other favorites I've played are the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, the TPC Stonebrae and the TPC of Michigan. I've also teed it up at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, TPC Southwind, TPC Louisiana, the Valley course at TPC Sawgrass and TPC Harding Park. All are excellent tests of golf that host top tournaments, but none delivers the settings of the others.

Thirteen TPC courses are open to the public, but access to the TPC Boston and other private venues comes from buying a TPC membership, which affords access to them all.

Or, membership in THE TOUR CLUB, a PGA Tour program, offers even better perks: 

-Exclusive access to private country clubs and exclusive resort courses, including every TPC course.

- Access to rent multi-million dollar homes at top destinations like Pelican Hill, CordeValle and Pronghorn.

- Access to clubhouse passes, special privileges and services at PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour events. 

- Access to state-of-the-art instruction from The Tour Academy.

If you like to play where the pros play, buying into the TPC network is the way to go.