You can go with it, with no scoring unit - for ~$4000. I may actually go with that, although the scoring unit is absolutely kick butt looking. You might kick yourself later on...
I would try to find a 20" wide playing field, those only come with larger boards (14ft+). I think this would recreate the shuffleboard experience...
Champion uses canadian "soft rock maple" which is slightly less dense than mcclures tables. I've learned all this in only a few days.
Champion is all over the internet. The customer service of mcclure seems superb though, I've emailed the CEO late at night and he's responded several times immediately. Their warranty is top notch too - lifetime on the polymer coating applied.
That's something to look at too. Some of th lower end venture and champion tables use a lacquer coating, and it shows - it actually dents up!! The polymer coating is like 1/4" thick on the mcclure tables - it looks sweet!
This is over 5K with scoring unit:http://mccluretables.com/images/prestige.pdf
This one is essentially the same table without scoring unit (different cabinet), for under 4K. Probably the best bang for the buck out there:http://mccluretables.com/images/tournamentMaple.pdf
3" hard rock maple, 20" playing field, climatic adjusters to keep it level when humidity changes. I've seen the playing field in person and it looks amazing.
If you're looking to save money, email them and look at their COMPETITOR table:http://mccluretables.com/images/competitor.pdf
It's 1.5" thick and 16" wide, and price wise competes with most of champion/venture's tables (and beats them). I don't know the price offhand, but it's going to be significantly cheaper than the 3" thick boards - but you'll still get the same hard rock maple wood and polymer finish (both important for "professional" gameplay). From what I read, 16" wide boards use smaller pucks (to help recreate the experiene). I assume you may not find a difference because of this fact...
I sound like an advertisement but I guess it's just a brain dump of what I learned the last few days and promoting the same board I'm about to buy.
Here's a FAQ they have (interesting read):http://mccluretables.com/links.htm
And here's a board comparison with champion, venture, and mcclure:http://mccluretables.com/links5.htm