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“The Greatest Show on Grass” is here again as the Waste Management Phoenix Open tees off at TPC Scottsdale. With nearly 500,000 spectators each year, the Phoenix Open is the best-attended event of the PGA TOUR and one of the first events on its calendar. Taking place January 26-February 1, there’s a variety of events to attend all day every day. Tournament gates open every day at 7AM  and Coors Lights Birds Nest (21 and over venue) gates open at 3:30 pm (Wednesday-Saturday).

Here are some spectator tips and new security procedures to know before you go to make your time at the tournament even more enjoyable:

-Dressing in layers is advised since mornings are generally a lot cooler than the afternoons. Always check the weather forecast before you go.

-Grab a hat and comfortable shoes. The sun is bright and there’s lots of walking.

-No outside food or beverage allowed (sealed bottles of water are ok), but there is plenty of food and drinks (including alcohol) provided for purchase inside the tournament.

-Phones are allowed but must be kept on silent at ALL times. There are designated calling areas throughout the tournament.

-Thursday and Friday’s play starts simultaneously on the first and 10th holes. The back nine holes are generally more crowded than the front nine so arrive earlier to avoid crowds.

-Curious about a specific player? Grab a pairing sheet near the entrance for the order of groups and players tee off times. Scoreboards will let you know where a player currently is on the course.

-Practice areas are the best place to catch players for autographs.

-Wednesday’s are the best day for celebrity sightings.

-Souvenirs are near the first tee and main entrance.

-Wear green on Saturday to support the green/eco sensitive efforts of the tournament.

-Visit the 16th hole “coliseum” for a truly unique spectator experience.

-Bag inspection at all Admission Gates

-Metal detecting wands at each entrance gate

-No opaque bags larger than 6”x6”x6”

-No clear tote bags, plastic vinyl, or other carry items larger than 12”x6”x12”

-No backpacks

-No video cameras, radios, TVs, or laptops

-No cameras after Wednesday

-No signs, banners, or noisemakers

-No pets

-No bicycles

-No coolers, cups, or containers

-No lawn, over-size chairs, seat cushions, or chair bags

For full security procedures and a list of prohibited items CLICK HERE.

FREE parking at Loop 101 and Hayden Rd, and at WestWorld. There will be free shuttles in operation. For full operation times and directions CLICK HERE.

For any other information visit the tournament’s website at wmphoenixopen.com


Story By: Suzanne Koch