Home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Players Course, ‘The Stadium Course’ at Scottsdale is a bucket-list destination. Designed by the team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the TPC Scottsdale golf course opened in 1986, and has since become one of the most recognised golf courses in the world. Golf tourism has earned Scottsdale a massive income and it is largely due to the TPC Scottsdale golf course. To experience the ‘Coliseum’ 15th par-3 hole that is one of the most televised events in the golf world should be on your bucket list.
Maintained to PGA tour quality year-round, the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course is much more open compared to other TPC courses around America. Sculpted from the Sonoran Desert, the TPC Stadium Course in Scottsdale offers a fun challenge to amateurs who can experience it 51 weeks of the year when the Waste Management Pro Am is not running. Expect to see desert wastelands beside holes and along fairways, with cacti and native shrubs throughout. One of the biggest challenges to golfers lies in the 72 bunkers that are cunningly placed around the course and in particular the greens. The sand within the bunkers is light and fluffy and aren’t too hard to get out of unless your ball is embedded, but the angles of bunkers to greens will punish you if you cannot control where the ball stops.
TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course’s greens appear flat but have subtle undulations that have the potential to frustrate everybody. It is best to approach them with a bump and run from off the green than attempt a long carry from the middle of the fairway. Overall the course is a must-play experience if visiting the Scottsdale area simply because you will know that you’re walking in the footsteps of golf’s greatest.
Hosting a PGA Tour event every year guarantees world-class practice facilities. TPC Scottsdale has a full-length driving range, short-game chipping areas, practice bunkers and fantastic putting greens. It is all located in a central spot within the precinct.
Clubhouse & Pro Shop
The Pro Shop at TPC Scottsdale is one of the very best, even named one of the top 100 golf shops in North America. They use the PGA Tour’s purchasing power to ensure they offer the best brands and products available year-round; if you want real quality golf equipment and brands, look no further than TPC Scottsdale. The Clubhouse at the Stadium Course features locker rooms, a banquet space, fine dining at the Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar, and the golf shop. The Toro Restaurant features a menu with distinct flavours from South and Central America. It also has over 150 rums, with The Valley’s largest rum selection. Live music on the weekends and Sunday brunch ensure there is always a cause to visit TPC Scottsdale, year-round.