Tenna Merchent is co-owner of Purgatory Golf Club. She brings a management background in advertising, public relations, sales and customer service.
It was Tenna’s experiences at courses such as Pinehurst, Pebble Beach and the Boulders that influenced what she wanted at Purgatory. Much of her vision has been realized, while some items remain on her wish list.
One of her requirements for Purgatory was that there be numerous, on-course restrooms. There are three lovely restrooms on the course, so players never go more than four holes without passing one.
Tenna also made her mark in the naming and design of the forward and far-forward tees. Purgatory’s tees were made with the same quality materials and attention to detail as the back tees. The tees have a proper sand base, and are leveled with the same, patented technology first used at Augusta National, home of the Masters.
It also was Tenna’s idea not to call the tees “men’s,” “women’s” or “senior’s.” Rather, they are called by their color, and it is suggested that guests select the appropriate tee based on their handicap. Most courses use red tees for the ladies tees, but we decided to use the red tees as Purgatory’s far-back tees, just to turn a tradition on its head.
Purgatory’s website was originally designed, built and maintained by Tenna. She enjoys the creative aspect of the website, and works to keep the content fresh, informative and professional.
Tenna was the inspiration and co-author for our Golf Instruction Book, a favorite of many Purgatory website visitors. Prior, she wrote the books “Table Manners in 20 minutes,” and “Football in 20 Minutes.”
Tenna is a graduate of DePauw University, with a bachelor in Economics, where she was a member of Pi Phi Sorority. She is the mother of two beautiful boys, Clay and Asher, and is the wife of our director of golf, Mike Merchent.