If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a round of golf on an award-winning course, welcome to the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. This 36-hole complex was designed and built for the pros to be experienced by you.
Golfing at TPC Scottsdale is more than the traditional round of golf experience. The stunning views of the McDowell Mountains, coupled with upscale amenities and top-notch dining, transforms everyday golfers into professionals.
If you’ve heard of this course, it’s likely due to the famous Waste Management Phoenix Open, also known as “The Greenest Show on Grass.” This annual tournament takes place at The Stadium Course, which has allowed fans to be part of some of the most energetic moments in golf history.
The Stadium Course opened in 1987 and was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, specifically for the WM Phoenix Open, which has become the most attended golf event in the world with over 700,000 fans.
The course grew an immense amount of traction in 1997 due to Tiger Woods’ hole-in-one at the 16th hole. Since then, craziness ensues every year at this hole which has been coined “The Coliseum”. Fans are known to get rowdy and rejoice in the grandstands that surround the green. There is a capacity of 20,000, providing excellent views of all the action.
The Stadium Course has been named “one of America’s best courses” by Golfweek Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Golf Resort Destinations in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler.
In addition to the beautiful and scenic views from The Stadium Course, The Champions Course is equally exciting and challenging.
The Randy Heckenkemper-designed course was created with a mix of strategy and skill to not favor one specific type of play. Golfers of all experience levels, looking for a course that can be played in a multitude of ways, would flourish here.
The course was built on the former site of TPC Scottsdale’s Desert Course and was revamped to flow seamlessly with Arizona’s natural terrain and foothills.
Playing a round of golf can be a long but thrilling process, so before or after your round at The Champions Course, dine at the Champions Patio Bar for a quick snack, meal, or drink. The bar serves breakfast, lunch, appetizers, craft beer, and cocktails. Enjoy refreshments on the covered outdoor patio and mingle with fellow golfers and friends.
Another option is the Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar, which features a menu inspired by Pan-Latin cuisine. Flavors from South and Central America are evident through the restaurant’s small plates that are encouraged for sharing. The restaurant, a collaboration with celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, has a selection of over 150 rums. Golfers can also enjoy live music during weekends and Sunday brunch.
And if you need to add some relaxation to your golf itinerary, TPC Scottsdale has a partnership with the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a AAA Five-Diamond resort located next door. Stay & Play Golf vacation packages are perfect for business, group, and leisure travelers.
Scoring a tee time at either of the courses during tournament offseason is a painless process. You can easily schedule a time to test your skills and experience PGA Tour-quality fairways and amenities on the TPC Scottsdale website.
Feature provided by The Scottsdale Living – RipLey Simone Kennebrew.
RipLey Simone is currently a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University