So player check in is Thursday Noon - 5pm, player party 6-9pm, but player pack pick up isn't until 7:30? Couldn't we just check in at 6pm and get the PP after 7:30?
Not sure I'm understanding the point of having a check in Thursday afternoon other than to say, 'I'm here' when that can also be done 1 hour before tee time on Friday.
When you check in it let's us know that you are here. You can check-in at the party as well. But, maybe you're in town at Swope but have plans and can't make it in to the player's meeting. Players' packs are being given away all at the same time. It helps get people to the party. Because free food and drink is never enough. I know it sounds mean but I really want people to enjoy the dinner and party I put together and this is a good way to help get that accomplished. When you check in you do get your event shirt and caddy book though because everyone, including pros get that benefit. So it's nice to get that out of the way before tee times.
If you don't go to the party you can get your package during the event at Swope. You just can't get it before everyone else does that night. It's my way of creating an atmosphere. It may suck, it may be awesome. Who knows.