Golf Entertainment: Waste Management Phoenix Open

by JL Lewis on January 21, 2010

PGA TOUR Player J.L. Lewis describes the PGA Tournament, the Waste Management Phoenix Open

The Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale is held at the end of February, 2010.  The course is a stadium for theatrics and the fans provide a show of their own. This tournament provides the finest in golf entertainment. Throughout the years there have been several extracurricular activities on the golf course and primarily on the par three 16th hole, where a rugby-like crowd of over 15,000 spectators awaits the players and shows either approval or discontent all four days. Waste Management is sponsoring the event for the first time this year and is implementing a recycling program for the week of the tournament. In addition, Thunderbird Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds, and the hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, donate to over 40 Arizona charities from the proceeds of the tournament.

The scoring at TPC Scottsdale is usually low and the course plays fast with hard greens. The 17th hole is a drivable par four that offers the opportunities for a score of two.  I was playing the last round with Scott Verplank one year and we both holed out from off the green. I was ten over par for the tournament coming into hole number 14 and remember that eagle as much as any of the 13 hole-in-ones I have made over the years.

Sedona Arizona, Spiritual Mecca

I enjoy Phoenix and Scottsdale because of the up-tempo lifestyle and near perfect weather. I have spent a lot of time in Scottsdale and there are many things to do. Scottsdale is a great place to take a golf vacation. Desert Mountain, Grayhawk, Troon, Golf Club Scottsdale (private), and Whisper Rock (private) are a few of the spectacular golf courses in Scottsdale. The desert provides an exciting experience with various species of plants and wildlife. Foxes, rabbits, bobcats and all kinds of birds are a regular sight there. I look forward to watching the sunsets each year in the vast desert skies. If you want an adventure, drive north toward Sedona, known for being a spiritual mecca, mountain scenery and several beautiful resorts. Scottsdale is a great place to spend the winter with perfect weather and more golf courses than you can play in three months!

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JL Lewis March 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

This article was originally transcribed incorrectly from J.L.’s handwritten notes. We thank the readers who noticed this error and for bringing it to our attention so that it could be corrected.

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