A large crowd lines either side of a green golf course.
18th Hole at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Arizona's Golf Tourneys to Watch in 2023

The top golfers in the world visit Arizona annually to compete for titles, prize money, and prestige, and 2023 will be no different.

You'll hopefully have the chance to see the best swings up close at a variety of tournaments (or at least get inspired to plan your next trip here by watching the action on TV (pending COVID-19 spectator protocols). Here's a primer on the tournaments to watch:

Waste Management Phoenix Open

When: February 6-12, 2023
Where: TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, Scottsdale
One of the most popular golf tournaments in the world, known as the "Greatest Show on Grass," is held right in Scottsdale. An enthusiastic crowd, especially on the famously rowdy 16th hole, provides a highly vocal soundtrack for PGA Tour golfers.
Where to watch: NBC/Golf Channel
Off-course: Spring training will just be getting underway at nearby Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies practice. Or get your hiking shoes and explore the trails throughout the McDowell Mountains that are visible east of the course.

A group of men in golf clothes walk to the next hole on a golf course

2019 Cologuard Classic (Credit: Chris Mooney)

Cologuard Classic

When: March 3-5, 2023
Where: Omni Tucson National, Tucson
The Champions Tour again takes on the tree-lined Catalina Course, a layout that hosted the PGA Tour 30 times from the mid-1960s through the mid-2000s. Kevin Sutherland is the defending champion.
Where to watch: Golf Channel
Off-course: Saguaros are synonymous with the Southwest, and you can see thousands of them spread over 91,000 acres at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.

Carlisle Arizona Women's Golf Classic

When: March 16-19, 2023
Where: Longbow Golf Club, Mesa
The Carlisle Arizona Women's Golf Classic is part of the Epson Tour (formerly known as the Symetra Tour), which prepares professional women golfers for the LPGA Tour. The top-10 on the Epson Tour's season-ending money list will earn full LPGA Tour membership for 2022.
Where to watch: untelevised
Off-course: Both the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's conduct their spring training games and practices in Mesa typically held during this time.

Casino Del Sol Golf Classic

When: March 30 - April 2, 2023
Where: Sewailo Golf Club at Casino Del Sol, Tucson
Making a stop in Tucson, the Casino Del Sol Golf Classic is part of the same Epson Tour, during which 144 professional women golfers will compete to prepare for the LPGA Tour. During the 2021 LPGA Tour season, nine former graduates, or Epson Tour alumnae, claimed 12 LPGA Tour wins.
Where to watch: untelevised
Off-course: You could try your luck at the resort's casino or appeal to a higher authority by visiting the historic San Xavier del Bac Mission, which opened in 1797 just south of downtown Tucson.

A rolling green golf course with sand traps under a desert sunset.

Grayhawk Golf Club Raptor Course (Credit: Bill Hornstein)

2023 NCAA Men's and Women's Division I Championships

When: May 19-24, 2023 (Women); May 26–31, 2023 (Men)
Where: Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale
The best women's and men's Division 1 college teams in the country compete for their respective national championships on the Tom Fazio-designed Raptor Course. After 54 holes of stroke play, the top eight teams are seeded and battle in a match play format to determine the winning schools. The Pepperdine University men's team and the University of Mississippi women's team are defending champions.
Where to watch: Golf Channel
Off-course: Good golf swings are full of rhythm and tempo, just like musicians. You can see tools used by the latter from around the world at the Musical Instrument Museum.

A tented outpost is decorated with the emblem of an American Flag. In the foreground, golfers walk to the next hole.

The Patriots' Outpost at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

When: November 8-12, 2023
Where: Phoenix Country Club
The season finale of the PGA Tour Champions brings together the 36 top-performing pros in the age 50-and-up crowd, with many names you'll recognize from their time on the PGA Tour (like defending champion Phil Mickelson). The venue is one of the oldest and most historic private clubs in Arizona.
Where to watch: Golf Channel
Off-course: Golf requires patience, focus and creativity. So does art. See plenty of the latter on display at the Phoenix Art Museum.

The backs of three golfers, each carrying a bag bearing the name of a fallen or severely injured US soldier

Patriot All-America Golf Tournament

When: December 28-30, 2023
Where: Wigwam Resort, Litchfield
You can see male and female players who have earned PING All-America honors in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II play in this special 54-hole event over the Gold and Blue courses at the Wigwam. Each participant uses a golf bag bearing the name of a fallen or severely injured U.S. soldier.
Where to watch: Stream it live at patriotallamerica.com/event-info.
Off-course: Shopping, restaurants and special events can all be found at the Westgate Entertainment District in nearby Glendale.

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About the Author

Tom Mackin

Tom Mackin is a New Jersey native who moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2013. A former Senior Editor at GOLF Magazine in New York City, he is a contributor to PHOENIX Magazine, AZ Golf Insider, and the Waste Management Phoenix Open program, among other regional and national publications. He is also a Contributing Editor for Troon Magazine.

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