Waste Management Phoenix Open

Waste Management Phoenix Open
Held at: Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale
17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The Waste Management Phoenix Open (also called FBR Open from past name changes over the years) has been coming to the Valley yearly since 1939. This is the most attended event in golf, with about 500,000 spectators coming through over 4 days. With entry tickets at only $25, it's understandable so many people come out for a day of fun in the sun. February in Phoenix is hard to predict - the average temperature is 60 degrees, with an average high of 71 and average low of 49. The warmest ever has been 92, but the coldest ever is 28, so if you're attending the Phoenix Open, pay close attention to the weather forecasts and bring some layers that would be easy to carry through the day. The TPC course is beautiful, but even when the sun is out the breeze is chilly! The 2012 Open had record attendance on Saturday with 173,210 people walking through their doors. We went on a Thursday, which was perfect if you don't like long lines and intense crowds.

Our favorite, like most of Arizona's, is the 16th Hole. This hole is all bleachers and has no grassy seating or standing area and is the area that feels the least like stereotypical "golf" and more like a regular sporting event. Here, you can cheer and boo after a player's shot. Obviously respect should be shown while players are taking their shots, but the PGA's standards are a little lax for this one part of the course. Great shots get applause, and hole in one cause the crown to erupt instead of a polite golf clap. After the shot and the players are walking to their balls, you'll hear people yell out green, yellow, and white. It's not a strange game of stop light, but which caddy they want to step onto the green first. Some will indulge the crown in their caddy races and give a final sprint past the other caddy's. Others will purposefully not step on the green just to spite the crowd. It's all part of the rowdy experience of the 16th hole.

After a day of day drinking to golf, the favorite place for the Phoenix Open after party is the Coors Light Birds Nest. There's food, more drinks, mingling, and live entertainment for a $30 entry fee. Past performers were Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas and Goo Goo Dolls (pictured left) in 2012, and O.A.R., Collective Soul, Doobie Brothers, Slightly Stoopid, and many others in previous years. We'd recommend picking the Bird's Nest performer you want to see and scheduling your day of golf around that. If you don't go to the Bird's Nest after the Phoenix Open, but still want to continue the party, we love Four Peaks Brewery just down Frank Lloyd Wright, or check out many of the restaurants in the Scottsdale Quarter or Kierland Commons about a mile down Scottsdale Rd.

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