17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Home of the Phoenix Open since 1987. Now called the Waste Management Phoenix Open, it is a great facility for spectator golf and annually attracts the largest galleries on tour. Hard to get the exact count but estimates put it at or near one half million every year. The hills that were created around this once flat patch of desert in North Scottsdale are perfect perches to watch the pro’s play each winter.
The Clubhouse facility here is second to none and as you can imagine the pro shop has everything you can imagine. The Grill at the TPC provides fine dining and a great place to meet and have an adult beverage after the round. Bill Grove has managed this facility forever and his touch is evident in the attention to detail for every aspect of your golf experience here. His staff anticipates your needs and fills them before you can ask. Great practice facility and annual passes and leagues are available here for locals or winter visitors who want a place to call home.
STADIUM COURSE: This is where the pro’s play and is a Weiskopf/Morrish Design, which means you have a driveable par four, a bunker in a bunker, and risk reward options throughout the round. They were a team noted for their course playability. This one will challenge all skill levels. Par is a tough 71 and it plays 7126 yards from the tips. It’s a lush green course that plays long in the winter with full rye overseeding. Its high demand and high dollar in the winter season, but a bargain in summer if you want to say you played where the pro’s play. The finishing holes you see on TV are truly special here, an island green at the reachable par five 15th, then elevated green at the par three 16th with deep bunkering. You have to imagine the crowds taunting you if you miss this green. Long hitters have a go at the 17th and if you lay up, you need to carry it 250 yards to stay out of the right fairway bunker. Bite off as much as you can chew at the 18th to carry the water on the left. JB Holmes doesn’t hold back off this tee and neither should you.
CHAMPIONS COURSE: This is the redesigned layout east of the Clubhouse with its own practice facility, clubhouse and tough test of golf. This course hosts the Arizona Stroke Play each year to the state’s top amateur golfers. This course plays to a par 70 and you will be happy it does if you try to break 80 on this 7000 yard beauty. This one looks and plays fast without all the spectator mounds and lush rough overseed in the winter. It tests you right off the first tee with a lake left and deep bunkers right to let you know this is no pushover. You can go for the par five 4th hole in two if you drive it well but know that death awaits if you hit it over this green. You need to play a links style run up here and avoid the trap on the left. Go for the gusto on the next hole and hit it just left of the fairway bunkers on the right to avoid the huge deep hazard in front of you. Lay up on the 7th hole to 240 yards and then decide whether you have the length to get to the 9th in two or if you had better lay up and hit a wedge to this tiered green with water left. The back nine has more scoring opportunities and even a driveable par four at the 15th. If you are coming home with a good score, you will be tested off the tee at the 18th and again with water beckoning left of this sloping green. This is a great test of golf.