Senior Tour Stops
1. Bruno's Memorial Classic Greystone Golf and Country Club, Birmingham
After the Talladega 500, the Bruno's Memorial is the city's biggest annual sports event now that the Alabama-Auburn football game has left town. Huge crowds, endless perks, heavy media coverage.
2. 3M Championship TPC of the Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.
A golfing hotbed. Enthusiastic crowds—132,500 saw Bruce Lietzke's win last week—help the tournament raise $1 million annually for charity, tops on tour.
3. U.S. Senior Open Salem Country Club, Peabody, Mass.
Regardless of location, the most prestigious and difficult tournament of the year. The course is always as tough as the one used for regular Open.
4. Senior PGA Championship Ridge-wood Country Club, Paramus, N.J.
An up-and-comer now that it has escaped Florida. Oldest Senior stop (1937) goes to two other top courses—Firestone and Aronimink—next.
5. Toshiba Senior Classic Newport Beach ( Calif.) Country Club
Players say, only half-facetiously, that they need a top five finish to cover their wives' shopping at nearby Fashion Island Mall.
6. Verizon Classic TPC of Tampa Bay, Lutz, Fla.
Could pass for a regular Tour stop with its large galleries and luxury boxes. Perks include a five-star chef in the clubhouse and an endless supply of jumbo shrimp.
7. Novell Utah Showdown Park Meadows Country Club, Park
City The ball seems to go miles at 6,500 feet. Excursions on Provo and Weber rivers for some of the best fly-fishing in U.S. Can see six Olympic venues from 18th fairway.
8. MasterCard Championship Hualalai Golf Club, K'aupulehu-Kona, Hawaii
Season-opener is more a vacation than a tournament. Fab hotel, beach, whale watching, sunsets. Practice range is least-used on tour.
9. Allianz Championship Glen Oak Country Club, West Des Moines, Antra
The event debuts Sept. 7-9 in a golf-starved market. (All 30,000 tickets have already been sold.) Will feature two $20,000 college scholarship giveaways.