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A PRIVATE ROUND WITH ARNOLD PALMER AT $40,000 A FOURSOME?
Published February 2, 1999
Several sports agencies are locking up golf-course rentals for September's Ryder Cup in Boston, according to Sacha Pfeiffer of the BOSTON GLOBE. IMG will offer execs from Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments and Nextel, and their invited guests, "to rub shoulders" with Arnold Palmer at Brae Burn Country Club "in a private tournament costing $40,000 a foursome." IMG Boston VP & Managing Dir Rob Stevens said that the one-day event will be "very, very exclusive." Several courses close to Ryder Cup-host The County Club in Brookline have been "bought" by firms for the week. Woolf Associates has rented the Woodland and Weston Golf Clubs for a "very private, very exclusive, Ryder-themed experience" for their clients. At the Belmont and Winchester Country Clubs, Atlanta-based Katz Sports & Media will "sell tee times for $650 per person during" the Ryder Cup. BankBoston has leased the Charles River Country Club for $500,000 over the course of the entire tournament. Charles River Club Pro Andy Froude said, "Our members are basically out of a home for five days. They're not supposed to even come on the property" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/31).