It’s the Greatest Party on Grass, #ThePeoplesOpen and the 2019 PGA Tour Tournament of the Year. It’s the Waste Management Phoenix Open and it’s unlike any other golf tournament you’ve been to. It’s the fifth oldest event on the PGA TOUR and it’s raised more than $147 million for Arizona charities. This year, golf’s biggest names like Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Victor Hovland are all scheduled to play. Here’s everything you need to know to make your experience a hole-in-one.
When To Go
You can get very different experiences depending on which day of the week you go. Monday and Tuesday are both ideal for anyone looking to get a peek at what to expect as the practice rounds take place. On Wednesday, the ProAm takes place so celebrity and athlete sighting is expected. Those looking to actually enjoy the tournament should try to avoid Friday and Saturday as those are the busiest days when spectators are plentiful. Expect major crowds and a party atmosphere, especially around the the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. In recent years, Saturday alone has hosted upwards of 200,000 people. Sunday also remains busy but not quite as much. It’s a great day to check out the final rounds in a lively atmosphere while avoiding some of the major crowds.
What To Do
The great thing about the Phoenix Open is there’s plenty to enjoy aside from the actual golf tournament. The entrance features a tent full of fun activities and booths to browse. At night, the Coors Light Birds Nest hosts big-name artists Wednesday through Saturday night, of varying musical genres. This year’s lineup includes Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, G-Eazy and Kygo. The concert venue is located directly across from the main entrance of the Phoenix Open and opens daily at 3:30 p.m., making it the perfect after party to the day’s events. Guests can enjoy bars, VIP areas and more. Purchase tickets to this year’s shows here.
The 16th Hole
The infamous 16th hole is like nothing you’ve ever seen at a golf tournament before and it’s partly what’s made the Phoenix Open so unique from any other golf tournament. For the ultimate 16th hole experience, go on Saturday and arrive even before the gates open. The 16th hole has limited seating and always fills up right away. The first to make it in usually camp out and don’t leave until after at least the first few rounds of players have come through. This means seats don’t generally open up until around early afternoon when spectators start to leave. But a queue always forms for those wishing to get in when it’s full. Wait times can grow upwards of two or three hours but as the day progresses it can become easier to get in as crowds lighten. The 16th hole even has its own bathrooms and bar so those lucky enough to get in can enjoy the amenities without having to forgo their seats.
What To Wear
The Phoenix Open has always been somewhat of a fashion show among attendees, with styles ranging from outrageously preppy outfits to breezy summer dresses and trendy threads. While a traditional golf get-up is what you’d likely see at most golf tournaments, here you can wear almost anything and you’ll fit right in. On Saturday, guests are encouraged to wear green in support of the tournament’s green and eco-sensitive efforts. Make sure to also keep an eye on the weather; nearly every year the tournament experiences at least one rainy day.
How To Get There
Located in North Scottsdale, TPC is the host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Guests can find free parking at Lot H at Hayden Road and the Loop 101 with free tournament shuttles daily, and at WestWorld’s Lot W at 94th Street and Bell Road, available Wednesday through Saturday only and also with free tournament shuttles. Click here for more parking info and shuttle times.
Daily general admission is free on Monday and Tuesday; $45 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; and $60 on Friday and Saturday. Tickets never sell out and can be purchased at the gate week of, or by phone, at Ticketmaster centers or online at wmphoenixopen.com or ticketmaster.com. Advance tickets are available until Jan. 24.