'Tiny House' Provides Glamping-Like Experience At BMW Championship

A Medinah Country Club member spent $15,000 to stay in this 320-square-foot hospitality venue for the BMW Championship.

A Medinah Country Club member spent $15,000 to stay in this 320-square-foot hospitality venue for the BMW Championship.

BMW Championship

In the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, head greenskeeper Carl Spackler lived in a shed on the grounds of Bushwood Country Club.

For the entirety of the 2019 BMW Championship, the second leg of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs, select patrons will enjoy a similar convenience of staying on the course, and without that pesky gopher.

Organizers of the BMW Championship wheeled in a “Tiny House” hospitality venue located at the 14th hole on Course 3 of Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. The 320-square-foot abode sleeps up to six people and comes equipped with electricity, running water and air conditioning. Other amenities in this unique offering include a kitchen area, closet organizer and bathroom.

A Medinah Country Club member spent $15,000 to stay in the “Tiny House” from Thursday’s opening round through Sunday’s final round.

“We’re always looking for unique ideas and different types of hospitality options, so we said let’s put one on the golf course and have it as a hospitality venue,” said Vince Pellegrino, senior vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association, which plans and manages the BMW Championship. “We put it up and had a member who purchased it for the week. It’s glamping at a golf tournament."

The concept for the “Tiny House” evolved from the idea of Medinah Country Club executives considering providing such venues for course employees working long summer hours. When it was incorporated into the BMW Championship hospitality offerings, club members got first dibs to secure the one-of-a-kind accommodation. 

A grill, Adirondack chairs and even a corn hole set will be arranged outside of the “Tiny House”—which is valued at $95,000—for a true glamping experience as the world’s top 70 golfers who advanced from The Northern Trust pass by.

Pellegrino said the installation of the “Tiny House” was fairly easy from a logistics perspective; it’s trailered onto the course then hooked up to water and electric. He said there’s no reason a hospitality village of such homes couldn’t be possible on a golf course.

“Tiny House” isn’t the only unique hospitality offering available at the BMW Championship this week.

The Green Coat Club is an on-course restaurant between the 14th green and 15th tee that offers premium food and beverage selections from Gibsons Restaurant Group coupled with the “best views of the course” according to Pellegrino. Golfers including Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed will be within an arm's reach as they pass through the Green Coat Club on their way to the 15th tee.

“Our goal is to create experiences that are unique to our championship,” Pellegrino said. “Usually the only time you see a player in a hospitality venue is when they hit an errant shot, and we wanted to bring that to life with every group when they’re walking through the venue.

“It’s about getting players close to the fans.”

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In the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, head greenskeeper Carl Spackler lived in a shed on the grounds of Bushwood Country Club.

For the entirety of the 2019 BMW Championship, the second leg of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs, select patrons will enjoy a similar convenience of staying on the course, and without that pesky gopher.

Organizers of the BMW Championship wheeled in a “Tiny House” hospitality venue located at the 14th hole on Course 3 of Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. The 320-square-foot abode sleeps up to six people and comes equipped with electricity, running water and air conditioning. Other amenities in this unique offering include a kitchen area, closet organizer and bathroom.

A Medinah Country Club member spent $15,000 to stay in the “Tiny House” from Thursday’s opening round through Sunday’s final round.

“We’re always looking for unique ideas and different types of hospitality options, so we said let’s put one on the golf course and have it as a hospitality venue,” said Vince Pellegrino, senior vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association, which plans and manages the BMW Championship. “We put it up and had a member who purchased it for the week. It’s glamping at a golf tournament."

The concept for the “Tiny House” evolved from the idea of Medinah Country Club executives considering providing such venues for course employees working long summer hours. When it was incorporated into the BMW Championship hospitality offerings, club members got first dibs to secure the one-of-a-kind accommodation. 

A grill, Adirondack chairs and even a corn hole set will be arranged outside of the “Tiny House”—which is valued at $95,000—for a true glamping experience as the world’s top 70 golfers who advanced from The Northern Trust pass by.

Pellegrino said the installation of the “Tiny House” was fairly easy from a logistics perspective; it’s trailered onto the course then hooked up to water and electric. He said there’s no reason a hospitality village of such homes couldn’t be possible on a golf course.

“Tiny House” isn’t the only unique hospitality offering available at the BMW Championship this week.

The Green Coat Club is an on-course restaurant between the 14th green and 15th tee that offers premium food and beverage selections from Gibsons Restaurant Group coupled with the “best views of the course” according to Pellegrino. Golfers including Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed will be within an arm's reach as they pass through the Green Coat Club on their way to the 15th tee.

“Our goal is to create experiences that are unique to our championship,” Pellegrino said. “Usually the only time you see a player in a hospitality venue is when they hit an errant shot, and we wanted to bring that to life with every group when they’re walking through the venue.

“It’s about getting players close to the fans.”

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