There are some sporting events that are in everyone’s best interest to make it to at least once in their life. The Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, the Super Bowl.. and introducing the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Phoenix Open 01What each of these events has in common is the ability for your average sports fan to be just as engaged as the most intuitive one. Those who go to a horse race or NASCAR event likely haven’t a clue what’s going on or what horse to place a quinella bet on.

However, event organizers have capitalized on the ability to engage the social aspect of these world class outings for your benefit. The Waste Management Open is no different. Hosted at TPC Scottsdale, just a few minutes northeast of Phoenix, annual attendance is a world record at 600,000, more than any PGA TOUR event by a wide margin.

A multitude of those patrons paying a measly $40 general admission daily ticket post up at the 16th hole. A short par 3 on the home stretch, this notorious destination within the property is a literal stadium for which fans of all golf interests can eat, drink, be merry, and most importantly, be LOUD. Don’t take my word for it. Just watch.

Golf is known for a quiet and sophisticated sport but it certainly isn’t here. If a player misses the green a plethora of boos awaits him. Conversely a good tee shot rewards him with cheers. What is most intriguing is seeing some of the players either embracing the atmosphere or crumbling under the pressure. You can tell which ones want even more noise as they approach the tee box.

If you’re not short on cash you can rent out a suite for a mere $20,000+. But we prefer hanging with the regular folks. If you go on a Saturday like we did, you’ll have to get there ePhoenix Open 02arly. Arrive when gates open at 7am and even then you’ll require a brisk jog to still get a seat in the one of three sections of public grandstands. If you miss your chance I wouldn’t wait around for a spot to open up (nobody is leaving anytime soon), there’s still plenty of partying back towards the clubhouse.

We were fortunate enough to grab seats. Which quickly turned to being thankful the beer vendors started serving around 8am. The golf action doesn’t even start until 10 at the earliest. You don’t have to feel bad about going through all the cold Coors Lights and hot dogs you can fit in your face. The event is 100% waste free. Sponsored by Waste Management it is confirmed by a third party as one of the largest zero waste events in the world.

At the ‘Birds Nest’ there are nightly concerts. This year featured Steve Aoki and Blink 182. You’d swear you were at a festival rather than a golf tournament.

Post Tournament

If you can’t score a ticket to the concert you should check out Top Golf Scottsdale. An entertainment driving range with three climate controlled levels. For around $20/hour you can eat, drink and hit golf balls with a GPS tPhoenix Open 04racker in them. Now you can beat your friends in a closest to the pin or long drive contest. Every town in America should have one of these, grow the game and whatnot, but that’s another topic.

If you’ve got a bachelor party or just looking for your next bucket list sporting event, head on out to Scottsdale in February. That is provided you aren’t headed to the Super Bowl which tournament Sunday aligns with. We stopped at Boondocks for the big game which had an amazing outdoor patio area and projection to display.

Oh and in case you were wondering, Hideki Matsuyama won the tournament this year. As if you cared.

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