The Waste Management Phoenix Open is played at TPC Scottsdale every year, and is a favorite staple event for the Valley. It’s the time of year that brings with it glorious weather too, and reminds all in attendance why we love living in Arizona. The official tournament play begins Thursday and continues through Sunday. Saturday is typically the most popular day, so naturally I chose this day for my first experience of the Phoenix Open. I had heard rumors that this tournament was unlike any other, and that it certainly was.
A PGA Tournament to Remember
My boyfriend and I, along with friends from the Valley and Southern California, left for Scottsdale around 11 a.m. As we approached the entrance, I could sense the excitement in the air. There were crowds of anxious spectators waiting in line to buy tickets. With our tickets in hand, we were luckily able to skip these lines and head into the expo that preceded the entrance and exit of the tournament.
As we entered, we soon realized that this felt more like a festival than a golf tournament. As we began our journey to the tenth hole, we stopped for beverages and snacks along the way. On a day as beautiful as this was, everything tasted just as refreshing and enjoyable as ever.
The manicured lawns were tempting to sit down and relax on, so we did. As we sat and chatted, we found it especially entertaining to “people watch.” Many people were dressed in festive green ensembles, with the most spirited adorned in the ever-popular golf pants covered in loud, brilliant patterns.
There was a record amount of attendees on Saturday- nearly 180,000 people! The large crowds made the tournament all the more exciting, and as we headed to the 18th hole, where Phil Mickelson was about to tee off. It seemed that a majority of people had the same idea. As he approached the hole, camera phones flew into the air. It was clear that this Arizona State University alum had a large fan base at this tournament. When Mickelson made his skilled drive, the crowd went wild! It was a sight to be seen.
At the end of the tournament, we began our hike out of the event through crowds of excited golf fans. We couldn’t resist peeking at some of the vendors and signed sports memorabilia. There was even a kissing booth with service dogs for charity, and I could not resist hugging an adorable golden lab, Whitney, who was wagging her tail at every passer-by.
A Night Out in North Scottsdale
After stopping home to change and have a quick bite to eat, we decided a night on the town was a great way to complete our day. Talking Stick Resort was the site for the Birds Nest Waste Management after party, and we wanted to see what all of the buzz was about. We decided to experience the night club, Degree 270 first. Located on the 14th floor, we took an elevator that had outside facing glass. The breathtaking view of the resort was the perfect prologue to the dramatic entrance of the vibrant dance club.
Dancing the night away was the perfect way to end a fun-filled day in Scottsdale. From enjoying the gorgeous Arizona weather to witnessing some impressive golf at the Phoenix Open to experiencing a premier Scottsdale resort, this day was jam-packed with fun and excitement.
Sara Diaz is an advertising intern with the Arizona Office of Tourism and a senior at Arizona State University. She is a native Arizonan and enjoys experiencing events all of over Arizona. You can usually find her biking, playing tennis or laying poolside in Arizona’s gorgeous weather by day, and enjoying sporting events and local hotspots by night.