The Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, otherwise known as TPC of Scottsdale, is a PGA Tour facility located in north Scottsdale in Arizona. There are two golf courses at TPC of Scottsdale. The Stadium Course is the current home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly FBR Open), which is the best attended golf tournament in the world. The FBR Open is played either at the end of January or beginning of February each year. The Champions Course replaces the Desert Course in November 2007.
Want to know more about the TPC of Scottsdale? Here are some facts for you.
TPC of Scottsdale - Champions Course
1. Golf course designer Randy Heckenkamper is the mastermind behind the Champions Course, which opened in 2007. This course originally opened as the Desert Course (designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish) in 1996.
2. The Champions Course is open to the public.
3. The Champions Course is par 71.
4. The championship tee box is about 7,100 yards.
5. The "Desert Rule" means that desert areas are played as water hazards. Take a one stroke penalty, and drop within two club lengths from point of entry.
TPC of Scottsdale - Stadium Course
1. TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.
2. The Stadium Course is open to the public, but the green fees are higher than the Champions Course.
3. The Stadium Course is par 71.
4. There are four tee boxes. The longest has a rating/slope of 74.6/138 and shows a length of 7,216 yards on the scorecard. The shortest has a rating/slope of 72.9/130 and shows a length of 5,567 on the scorecard.
5. There are 72 bunkers and 6 water hazards on the Stadium Course.
6. TPC of Scottsdale has been recognized as one of the "Top 25 Best Courses in Arizona" and one of the "Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World."
7. TPC of Scottsdale is "certified" by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary system for golf courses.
TPC of Scottsdale Trivia
1. At the 2001 Phoenix Open, Andrew Magee's drive on the 17th hole was the only par-4 double eagle in the history of the PGA Tour.
2. Mark Calcavecchia won the 2001 Phoenix Open with a 28-under-par 256 total, breaking the 72-hole scoring record that had held for 46 years.
3. Calcavecchia also set a record for most birdies in 72 holes in 2001, with 32 over four days.
4. In 1997, Tiger Woods, at 21 years of age, had a hole-in-one eagle on the par-3 16th. (I was there and I saw it!)
5. Prior to 1987 the Phoenix Open was played at Phoenix Country Club in downtown Phoenix.
6. More than 500,000 spectators visit the Phoenix Open each year.
TPC of Scottsdale
17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Local Calls: (480) 585-4334 Toll Free: 1-888-400-4001