WM Phoenix Open 2024
Nothing quite matches the electric atmosphere of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The event keeps on getting bigger and better with 700,000 golf fanatics flooding through the gates last year. Once you set foot on TPC Scottsdale, you’ll understand why it’s the most attended event in golf. Expect plenty of beer, high-quality golf, and boisterous crowds…
- Known for its electric atmosphere
- Two pro-ams featuring PGA pros and celebrities
- Featuring "The Coliseum" around the 16th hole
- Attend the Scottsdale music festival - the Coors Bird Nest
- Abundance of fantastic golf courses close by
- An unrivaled fan experience for all
"The Greatest Show on Grass"
As one of the first events on the PGA TOUR calendar, The Waste Management Phoenix Open gets the golf season off with a bang.
Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event – helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum” – and the loudest hole in golf. With a plethora of events and activities on-site for spectators to enjoy, there is plenty of entertainment to enjoy beyond the leaderboard.
The fun starts in Scottsdale before the tournament event begins, with two Pro-Ams and a live concert on the famous 16th hole and not forgetting, the Coors Light Birds Nest.
Kick off the week with the "Concert in the Coliseum", a live concert on the iconic 16th hole, with past acts including Maroon 5, Old Dominion and Walker Hayes. The Carlisle Pro-Am then follows on Monday featuring PGA Professionals and the Annexus Pro-Am on Wednesday, where you'll find the celebrities. Past players have included Michael Phelps, Mark Wahlberg, Jake Owen and Darius Rucker.
Right across the street is The Coors Light Birds Nest, which has grown over recent years into a worthy music festival with performances throughout the week. The outdoor stage brings in top-tier musical acts including past acts Macklemore, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida and Jason Aldean.
Why not add golf to your stay?
With over 400 golf courses in the state of Arizona, you'll be sure to find a course for you! The award-winning We-Ko-Pa hosts two fantastic courses, Cholla and Saguaro, which boast an oasis of greenery contrasting against the desert landscape.
Resorts in Arizona are both luxurious and stylish, with many carved in the mountains hosting on-site golf courses that are worth playing. The Boulders Resort makes for a particularly special golf holiday, not only is the hotel simply perfect, the golf course is special too.
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The unforgettable atmosphere in "The Coliseum" on hole 16 at TPC Scottsdale.
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History of the WM Phoenix Open
What is the connection between The Thunderbirds and the Phoenix Open?
Well firstly, we do not mean the International Rescue team but the group formed by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 1937.
There was a need for a special events committee to venture into new fields. Five young executives were selected to lead the committee. The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce suggested that the committee become an “official” group and expand its membership. Each of the five then selected ten additional members to make up a committee of 55. The Thunderbird name was chosen because the emblem of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce was, and still is, a Thunderbird derived from American Indian symbols.
One of the early inductees was Bob Goldwater, an avid golfer. Goldwater thought it would be a great idea to sponsor a golf tournament. That first year, Goldwater sold the tickets, recruited volunteers, and set up the golf course at the Phoenix Country Club.
The Phoenix Open caught on, and in 79 years, has developed into one of the leading stops on the PGA TOUR. Goldwater was Tournament Chairman from 1934 through 1951 and is affectionately called the “Father of The Phoenix Open.”
Active Thunderbird membership is limited to 55 members. Each has demonstrated a sincere interest in sports and a dedication to community affairs. All Thunderbird activities and events are the prime responsibility of these Active Thunderbirds and are under the watchful eye of the Big Chief and Thunderbird Council.
When a Thunderbird reaches the age of 45, their status changes from Active to that of Life Member. Although they are relieved of continuous duties, the term “Never Life” was adopted in the early 2000’s as it is not unusual for Life Thunderbirds to remain very active at the tournament and other Thunderbird-sponsored events year-round.
To date, there are nearly 350 members comprising The Thunderbirds organisation.
Things to do in Scottsdale
Scottsdale might be a haven for desert golf but there is plenty to keep you entertained away from the course.
If you are still feeling energetic after your round, hiking and biking are very popular in Scottsdale. There are some great paths that we would highly recommend, which allow you to explore the desert habitat.
If shopping is your thing, then head over to Scottsdale Fashion Square (the largest shopping centre in the area) for top-named brands such as Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker, and Carolina Herrara.
There are some great restaurants and nightlife in Scottsdale too. Our favourite is The Desert Botanical Garden where you can enjoy wonderful food and drinks while learning about the wildlife in the Sonoran Desert.
"Scottsdale is a fantastic all-rounder, great desert golf, a huge variety of bars and restaurants, and so much to do off the golf course. If you have a spare couple of hours try out Top Golf or the Par 3 Course at Mountain Shadows, both great fun. Head to the Entertainment district where music will be playing until the early hours or try Scapegoat, a fantastic wine bar located in Old Town."
Can’t decide or have a special request?
We offer experiences to suit everyone. From playing the tournament course to watching golf’s most illustrious events with green-side hospitality.
If you have any special requests - such as playing some golf of your own – simply ask one of our specialists.