Waste Management Phoenix Open starting on Febuary 1 2016


Golfer in Sunset

Arizona is one of the premier destinations for golf in the country. Because of this, it is probably no surprise that some of the best golfers spend time in Arizona. In fact, Arizona is home to the PGA’s largest professional golf tournament with the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This annual tournament draws a multitude of golfers and spectators alike for the “Greatest Show on Grass.”

Although it is known as the Phoenix Open, this yearly golf extravaganza actually takes place in nearby Scottsdale. Scottsdale has always been regarded for its golfing opportunities, and this PGA tournament uses the elite facilities at the Tournament Players Club. Known most commonly TPC, this chain of golf courses is popular on the PGA circuit. There are TPC facilities across the United States and even a few in Mexico. While some of these courses are private, there are a good number that are open to the public. The Scottsdale TPC is one such public course, and it is popular all year with golfers of all ability levels. With a capacity for 30,000 and an impressive 36 hole course, this venue is the perfect backdrop for such a popular event.

This popularity has been decades in the making. The Phoenix Open has a long history, dating back to the 1930s. The tournament has survived thanks to the Thunderbirds. This private organization is located in Phoenix and has been in operation for almost 80 years, faithfully serving the greater community. Under the attention of the Thunderbirds, the tournament found its footing and grew into one of the most impressive golf tournaments in North America. As part of their community focus, some of the proceeds from the event are used to host the Special Olympics in Phoenix. Although the tournament was hosted at several locations over the years, it has been at the TPC of Scottsdale since 1987.

While the Phoenix Open attracts the best golfers, it also attracts scores of visitors. In fact, this annual event is the most popular attraction in golf, drawing more visitors than any other tournament. The event only lasts four days, but in that time, attendance usually peaks around 500,000. Although golf is usually considered a quieter sport, the event can get quite raucous at times, especially at the 16th hole. This hole is a popular gathering point, and there is even a small stadium erected around it each year to host the large number of spectators. For the crowd, the experience is downright jubilant, making this one of the hottest spots for golfing enthusiasm on the PGA tour.

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Obviously, the Phoenix Open attracts visitors from near and far. Fortunately for guests, while the golfing is always enjoyable, there are plenty of other things to do in the area. Scottsdale is one of the best destinations in the state. Known as the West’s Most Western Town, Scottsdale has been thoroughly developed for tourism and boasts a wide range of attractions for people of all ages. There are fun historical sites and impressive recreational opportunities. With all this, visitors are encouraged to stay an extra night or two to appreciate all that the city has to offer. Although there are many hotels, the Best Western Plus Thunderbird Suites is the ideal spot for any Scottsdale trip. The location is perfect for any number of adventures, and the clean, comfortable rooms are a great place to unwind after a day out.

Do not miss the action at this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open starting on February 1 2016. Call the Best Western Plus Thunderbird Suites to make your reservations today.