Of the many reasons Scottsdale owns a claim to fame, the city just east of state capital Phoenix is perhaps most well-known for being a golfer’s paradise.
Whether you’re swinging away from the pro tees or the lady’s box, Scottsdale has an unending array of nine and eighteen-hole courses suited to meet the needs of any handicap.
So, why so many golf courses and clubs?
With an average annual high of 84.7°F, and an average annual low of 60.4°F, Scottsdale is never too hot or too cold to get in a round of golf. More importantly, the region only sees about 10 inches of rain spread across 36 of the year’s 365 days, and features almost 4,000 annual hours of sunshine.
The weather is the reason Scottsdale is a golfing mecca, and the reason the PGA Tour’s most popular and well-attended event is located right inside The West’s Most Western Town.
Fondly known as “The Greatest Show on Grass”, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the PGA Tour’s signature events with both players and fans.
Held at TPC Scottsdale from January 29 through February 4, 2018, the tournament is also known as “The People’s Tournament” for its open encouragement of fan participation and interaction with players—a stark contrast to almost every other event on the Tour.
The casual and relaxed atmosphere of the tournament—a distinct reflection of the laid-back Sonoran lifestyle the region has become so well known for—make The Waste Management Phoenix Open the most heavily attended golf tournament in the entire world.
To help you get ready and excited for this year’s tournament, here are some other fun “Did You Know?” facts...
Fact #1 – Celebrity participation just gets better
Every year, a number of celebrities who take their golf game seriously are invited to participate in the annexus Pro-Am Waste Management Phoenix Open, and 2018’s tournament will be no different. This year celebrity participation will be highlighted by Michael Phelps (the most decorated Olympian of all-time), NFL Hall-Of-Famer Emmitt Smith, MLB Hall-Of-Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, NFL Hall-of-Fame Wide Receiver Tim Brown, Olympic Gold Medal winner and skiing bad-boy Bode Miller, and Lady Antebellum star Charles Kelley.
Fact #2 – This is one of the oldest events on the PGA Tour
Even though The Phoenix Open owns a youthful, electrifying energy, it’s actually an older-fella—one of the oldest on tour as a matter of fact. The 2018 tournament will be the 83rd playing of the event.
Fact #3 – The fans really do show-up
Without fail, more than a half a million PGA Tour fans show up for the Phoenix Open every single year. And given that last year’s event brought in 655,434 people, it’s safe to assume 2018 won’t have any trouble eclipsing the well-established 500,000-person watermark.
Fact #4 – The fans can bring the noise
Unlike every other professional golf tournament in the world where fans are hushed to stillness and silence by ushers with “quiet please” signs, The Phoenix Open invites fans to bring the noise. The 16th hole (a.k.a. “The Coliseum”) is of particular fame, and widely regarded as the loudest hole in golf.
Fact #5 – The tournament is an incredible fundraiser
The Phoenix Open raises a remarkable amount of money for charity. Through 2016, the tournament generated more than $111 million dollars for various local organizations including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics Arizona, and the Junior Golf Association of Arizona.
Fact #6 – Locals have a distinct advantage
When you’re a local, everything about attending the Phoenix Open is easier. Not only can you avoid the headache and hassle of trying to book flights and a hotel room, but you can just jump in your car, drive to TPC Scottsdale, park at the tournament (for free by the way) and buy a ticket right at the gate.
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