Tiny house a big hospitality addition for BMW Championship
The living space is tight, but did you see the yard?
The BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club is rolling out the latest hospitality offering on the PGA Tour: a portable tiny house located on the course where guests will live during this week’s FedEx Cup playoff tournament.
Tournament organizers are experimenting with the tiny house concept this year at Medinah outside of Chicago. A club member paid $15,000 to live in the 329-square-foot hospitality venue along the 14th hole at Medinah’s No. 3 course from Thursday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 18.
The house is equipped with electricity, air conditioning, a kitchen area, closet organizer and a bathroom with running water. Food and beverage is included during the four days of the tournament. The house sleeps four but the hospitality price also includes room for up to 15 people during the day with Adirondack chairs and picnic tables set up next to the house. Bantam Built is the company providing the miniature house to the tournament.
“It is part of our hospitality and this is a trial run,” said Vince Pellegrino, senior vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association, which runs the BMW Championship. “It’s a neat concept to add to our hospitality where the buyer could entertain during the day, stay overnight, and the next day you are on the course.”
Tour and BMW officials approved the idea and Pellegrino expects to offer the tiny house amenity next year when the event moves to Olympia Fields Country Club south of Chicago. “The tiny house doesn’t necessarily fit with our other hospitality, but that is what makes it unique,” Pellegrino said.
Mini-house hospitality is not new among major sporting events, but the BMW Championship is the first PGA Tour event to offer the option. Indianapolis 500 organizers in 2018 began selling 15 Try It Tiny mini-homes placed in the track’s infield that included a four-guest, four-night package for $3,000. All sold out.
“It might be a good concept for tournaments in the future,” Pellegrino said. “We are trying it out this year but it could be something that takes off and we could have little villages of these things at golf tournaments.”
The tiny house is the latest new offering for the event. Also new this year is the Green Coat Club venue that features a player walk-through inside the club as they make their way between the 14th-hole green and 15th-hole tee.
The tournament has also created its own specialty shop only for club members and corporate hospitality attendees. The Crown Club will feature merchandise with its own separate logo and views of player interview areas.
“It’s all about getting fans close to the players to create unique experiences,” Pellegrino said.
Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition.