Course Review: TPC Boston – September 30, 2021
Whenever you get an opportunity, if you get an opportunity, to play a course that the PGA Tour plays, it is always worth playing.
It’s kind of like when youth hockey teams get to play at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center or the TD Garden.
On Thursday, I got the chance to play TPC Boston for the first time and I made sure to see every part of it… and seemingly every bunker too.
As GolfNewsRI reported earlier this summer, TPC Boston has dropped out of the PGA Tour rotation after hosting a playoff event for more than 15 years.
As you would expect, the course was in great condition.
The tee boxes were pristine, the greens were a bit slower than what they usually are (at least that’s what we were told), but were still pristine.
The tees that the pros play from were anywhere from 50 to 100 yards behind where we were playing from, just to give you an idea.
And the tees that we played from (black tees), were not easy. Some of the carries were still tricky, and the par 3s are anything but a give me.
One thing I never realized watching the pros play the course for so many years is how narrow a lot of the greens are. There is not a lot of room for error. Which I learned quickly.
My speed was pretty good all day, I just couldn’t make a putt. Just struggled with the reads.
Something that was interesting is the golf cart rules.
Most courses around here have ropes everywhere signaling where the carts need to go.
Not at TPC.
They have a simple blue pole at the beginning for where to enter the fairway, and another blue pole for where to exit the fairway. Some holes are cart path only.
It was really interesting.
Overall, it was a really cool experience to play TPC Boston. I struggled, but admittedly, I haven’t been playing a ton of golf lately and so I’ll just blame it on that.
Some Things I Learned About TPC
From talking to a few of the members, including the one I played with, here are a few things I learned.
Generally speaking, the membership does not miss the PGA Tour. They are happy to have their course for the entire summer.
Members at TPC do not get a charged assessments, bag room fees, or fees to walk the course. In fact, TPC encourages walking as opposed to riding.
They literally give away push carts for people to use. And the few tough walking holes, they send guys with carts out to those holes to help you out and keep play moving. There are about two or three holes that would be a doozy to walk.
We did not walk, for the record.
There are also no minimum spending requirements in the restaurant.
So, there is a few tidbits.
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