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February 28, 2013

Play Shinnecock Hills for $2,500 without being a member

Posted at 3:53 PM by Golf.com | Categories: 2018 U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills

P1-ShinnecockIf you have $2,500 lying around, you can play one of Golf Magazine's Top 10 courses in the world.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, ranked by Golf Magazine as the No. 6 course in the world, will hold the fourth-annual Project A.L.S. Golf Classic on May 20, and Larry Olmsted of Forbes.com writes that you can get a chance to play the prestigious course while donating to a project dedicated to finding and funding a cure for A.L.S.

So here’s the deal: There are only 20 foursomes in the field. A silver foursome is $10,000 (or $2,500 per player) and a gold foursome is $15,000. The main difference is marketing for company sponsors as the gold gets you an on-tee sign. Individual spots are also sold at no premium, for $2,500 each. All include brunch, golf, caddie fees (not tips), cocktail reception afterwards and awards ceremony.

Olmsted notes that several celebrated courses host charity tournaments like this one, and outside of knowing a member, registering for these events is one of the best ways to play otherwise exclusive private courses in America. Not to mention helping fundraise for a cure for a disease that has hit close to the sport recently.

A.L.S., also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, became prominent in golf when legend Tom Watson’s longtime caddie Bruce Edwards was diagnosed. Watson is heavily involved in ALS TDI Golf, a fundraising arm of the non-profit ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA.

This event is the 122-year-old course's only charity tournament this year. Tickets can be purchased directly from Project A.L.S.

Because of the small and exclusive nature of the event, tickets are not sold online. If you would like to participate, you can contact Project A.L.S. staffer Erin Fleming at erin@projectals.org or 212-420-7382.

For anyone eyeing the 2018 U.S. Open as their shot at fame, this is an opportunity to get in an early practice round. The par-70 Long Island course has hosted the U.S. Open four times and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

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