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Waste Management Phoenix Open

Everything you need to know about the PGA Tour's most-exciting golf tournament

 

The WM Phoenix Open (WMPO), part of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup, returns to the Sonoran Desert Feb. 7-13, 2022.

Known as both the "Greenest Show on Grass" for its sustainability efforts — it's the world's largest zero-waste event — and as The People's Open, for short, the tournament annually brings golf's biggest names to TPC Scottsdale for the PGA Tour's best-attended event.

The tournament consistently ranks among the best things to do in Greater Phoenix and, in past years, has drawn upwards of 600,000 fans. You might be asking yourself, for golf? While the short answer is yes, we're here to walk you through every facet of the week that's a bucket-list experience for many reasons, including its mix of unique photo ops, viewing experiences, and after-hours entertainment.

Here's everything you need to know before you go:


 

2022 Schedule

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Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 and 8: Practice rounds for PGA Tour pros take place and all fans are admitted free as part of Ford Free Days. On Feb. 7:, the Carlisle Companies Pro-Am starts at 9:30 a.m. And on Feb. 8, practice rounds start at 10 a.m., and there will also be other activities including speeches by PGA Tour Pros, a junior golf clinic and the San Tan Ford Special Olympics Putting Challenge at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9: The Annexus Pro-Am starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Phoenix Suns Charities “Shot at Glory,” which takes place at the 16th hole starting at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 10 and 11: The first and second rounds of the Waste Management Phoenix Open start at 7:30 a.m., respectively.

Saturday, Feb. 12: The third round starts at 9 a.m. Fans are encouraged to wear green in support of the tournament’s green/eco-sensitive efforts in an “All-Day Green Out." Also, see the Breakfast Club entry below.

Sunday, Feb. 13: The fourth and final round of the tournament begins at 9 a.m.

 

When to Arrive

Gates open at 7 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hole 16 and Clubhouse venues open at 9 a.m. daily.

To catch all the action, and avoid possible traffic, parking and shuttle delays, we recommend arriving early. However, tournament-goers are welcome to arrive at any time before each round is over (around 3:30 p.m. daily).

 

Best Times to Go

You can't beat the free admission on Monday and Tuesday. For a glimpse of the actual tournament, Wednesday and Thursday promise smaller crowds. While Friday and Saturday draw the biggest crowds (Saturday being the busiest), these are the best days to soak up the energy and the atmosphere. Since the final round takes place on Super Bowl Sunday, it should be the weekend's least busy day.

Holes To Know

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There's arguably not a bad seat in the house along the 18 holes of TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course, which was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf (1986) and redesigned by Tom Weiskopf in 2014. 

Worth noting, the see-and-be-seen holes are undoubtedly 16, 17, and 18, each of which offers luxury grandstands with open bars and higher-end food selections. Fridays and Saturdays will be livelier at these holes — and at the tournament in general. For a Sunday Funday vibe all day, every day (and especially on Friday and Saturday), the 16th hole can't be missed. The famously festive hole is known as the loudest hole in golf — and for good reason. The par-3 16th hole attracts a vocal party crowd to its towering grandstands (Skybox 16).

Breakfast Club

Each year, thousands of fans line up outside the course's main gate as early as 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning for the best possible seats at the 16th hole — and you're welcome to join them. Fondly referred to as the Breakfast Club, event organizers greet these early risers with breakfast burritos, beverages, music, and live DJs. Since the first golf shot doesn't take place until somewhere between 9:30 and 10 a.m., think of it as the Black Friday experience of the golf world. Why not check that off your bucket list, too?

Autographs and Photos

Player autographs can only be obtained at designated Autograph Zones. On competition days (Feb. 10-13), no standalone photo or video cameras are allowed other than mobiles devices. Photo and video cameras can be used on practice days only. 

Attire

Golf isn't the only spectator sport at this event. Here, almost anything goes on the fashion front. While we recommend golf gear, polos, sundresses, and comfortable shoes, you're likely to see everything from high-end fashion (yes, even heels) to group costumes — and we love it. Worth noting: Fans are encouraged to wear green in support of the tournament’s green/eco-sensitive efforts in an “All-Day Green Out" on Saturday, Feb. 12. There are also shops throughout the course where you can pick up a souvenir hat, shirt, etc. Whatever you wear, though, just don't forget the sunscreen.

Celeb Sightings & Entertainment

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Annexus Pro-Am

Celeb attendees are certainly not limited to the tournament's Pro-Am (Feb. 9), but it is one of the hottest places to see and be seen. Each year, a wide variety of current and former athletes are joined by other celebrities, rock stars, coaches, community leaders competing alongside the pros for the coveted win. This is the perfect opportunity to get in on the action and up-close and personal to stars. In years past, players have included Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Phelps, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, John Elway, Emmitt Smith, Shane Doan, Reggie Bush, and a host of others.

Musical Entertainment

For 2022, off the WMPO week with the first-ever “Concert in the Coliseum” on Saturday, Feb. 5. Fans are invited to a live concert performance by Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion live under the lights of the iconic 16th hole.

Throughout recent years, the Coors Light Birds Nest has grown into a worthy music festival unto itself. This massive outdoor stage brings in top-tier musical acts for a lively after-hours atmosphere, right across the street from TPC Scottsdale (at 82nd Street and Bell Road). The 21-and-over venue — open from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday — has new exterior additions for prime pre-show mingling, including food trucks, party games, and outdoor bars.

The 2022 lineup includes: Diplo with Cole Swindell (Feb. 9), Sam Hunt with Russell Dickerson (Feb. 10), Macklemore with Quinn XCII and Ayokay (Feb. 11) and Kygo with Sam Feldt and Forester (Feb. 12). Headline acts will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

More Things To Do

For some of you, attending a Phoenix Suns game, visiting Chihuly in the Desert exhibit at Taliesin West or hiking one of our top trails may be a higher priority once the golfing ends each afternoon. To that we say: you've come to the right place. Check out our events calendar for a full look at the Greater Phoenix happenings throughout this week.

Where To Eat & Drink

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While standard concession fare is easy to locate throughout the tournament grounds, we appreciate attendees who seek to enhance their Greater Phoenix experience by adding truly local flavor.

Highlights from 2020 include Zinburger, a Fox Restaurant Concepts gourmet burger chain; Garcia's, a Mexican restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch via a walk-up counter; and Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, a chain of whiskey bars that pours drinks all weekend long; Bottled Blonde, more of a grandstand/party zone, offers just a sampling of its Old Town Scottsdale operation.

If you happen upon the Fan Zone, this is where you'll find the largest selection of options when it comes to food and drinks. And, located between the 6th and 7th holes, the Craft Beer Desert Oasis is the place to be for a self-guided (read: unofficial) beer tasting.

Beyond the event

Old Town Scottsdale, 13 miles south of the event grounds, is a popular scene for pre- and post-gaming. Scottsdale Quarter, less than 2 miles away, is home to options ranging from steakhouses and sushi bars to breakfast and ice cream. Kierland Commons, also about 2 miles away, is a mixed-use, indoor/outdoor shopping, dining and nightlife oasis. For additional ideas on where to eat before and after the tournament, check out our restaurant recommendations and roundups.

Where To Stay

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Greater Phoenix is home to more than 69,000 rooms at over 500 hotels and resorts, with additional accommodations on the horizon. However, we recommend booking early for this particular week. A word to the wise: the weather is routinely perfect this time of year, so plan for some pool time. Here are some resorts in close proximity to TPC Scottsdale to get you started:

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, under 3 miles from the event grounds, is home to a 27-hole golf course (featuring three nines), Agave, The Arizona Spa, and Adventure pool and waterpark.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, home to championship golf, five pools featuring cabana cottages and poolside suites, is located under 6 miles from the event grounds.

Talking Stick Resort is located under 9 miles from the event grounds, and only 6 miles from Old Town Scottsdale.

Hotel Adeline, Scottsdale, A Tribute Portfolio is located under 10 miles from the event grounds, and under a mile from Old Town Scottsdale.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is located under 8 miles from the event grounds, and just over 5 miles from Old Town Scottsdale.

Boulders Resort & Spa, located just over 12 miles north of the event grounds, is home to a majestic golf course of its own.

CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, a specialized wellness retreat for those who seek the journey, is located under 15 miles north of the event grounds in Carefree.

Parking & Transportation

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Once you've secured your tickets and mapped out your schedule for any given day of the open, you're ready to get to and from the event. Whether you choose to park onsite or use a rideshare service, carpooling is recommended.

Stop and drop is available near the main entrance at the corner of Hayden Road and Bell Road. Rideshare pick up is located on Bell Road near 82nd Street (follow the signs to the queue, as drivers are restricted to this area).

Public parking, with shuttle access to the tournament gates, is free to and from Lot H and Lot W (WestWorld of Scottsdale). The free shuttles from Lot H will operate Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The free shuttles from Lot W will operate Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There is no shuttle service from Lot W on Monday and Tuesday.

Free public parking is also available in Lot 3, located at Hayden Road and Princess Drive, but does not offer shuttle service.

Tickets & Packages

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There are a variety of ticket levels, ranging from general admission to luxury packages, based on the tournament experience you're seeking: 

General admission: Access to the main tournament areas and the lawn. GA is free on Monday and Tuesday; $50 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday; and $75 on Friday and Saturday. Ages 15 and under are free daily when accompanied by an adult. 

Skybar: All-inclusive, upscale food and an open bar located at hole 17.

Members Club: Access to exclusive tents with beer, wine, soda, lunch and light snacks at holes 9, 12, 17 and 18. 

Greenskeeper: Adjacent to the lake along the 18th fairway, Greenskeeper is a high-energy spot with a variety of packages that include breakfast and lunch buffets, snacks, an open bar and valet parking. 

1937 Club: Experience one of the most luxurious venues at the open with an expansive deck overlooking the 18th hole. You’ll get all-inclusive upscale food and an open bar, TVs and outdoor viewing.

Chairman's Club: The ultimate way ticket for experiencing the Greenest Show on Grass includes access to Members Club, Greenskeeper, 1937 Club, Skybox 16, Cove, Bay Club, e18hteen, Scorekeepers, Skybar, and Birds Nest VIP (plus valet parking).

Ticket prices range by tiers, date and quantity. Visit wmphoenixopen.com/tickets for the most up-to-date ticket information and availability.