It’s safe to assume many golf fans took in the frat party atmosphere of the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, the most recent stop on the PGA Tour schedule.
Outside of the majors, the party each year in Phoenix is one I would recommend to people, having covered that event several times. The sheer fun at the 16th or at the Bird’s Nest, an evening watering hole, is something that makes the Waste Management unique on tour, but overshadows some very important facts.
The desert shindig routinely draws massive crowds, particularly for the third round, and raises huge sums for charities, which makes it a big deal on the PGA Tour.
The zaniness of the 16th tends to draw the attention, but the truth is there are quieter places at TPC Scottsdale to observe golf as we do at other events and the nice thing is there are prime spots for watching and moving about, which is the objective of stadium courses such as this one or Glen Abbey, with all the Canadian Opens it’s hosted over the years.
You can bet that any replacement for Glen Abbey as home to the RBC Canadian Open and Golf Canada, perhaps at Rattlesnake Point in nearby Milton, Ont., will be of the stadium variety.
Despite stadium courses being so fan-friendly, there is often criticism from those who prefer more traditional venues and while I don’t disagree with them, there is a place for stadium courses that are built for spectators.
What do you think?
That’s the subject of this week’s GNN Poll and it’s a question that was brought up on the Golf Channel last week.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, you’re welcome to expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.