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Adoring fans call the Waste Management Phoenix Open the “Greatest Show on Grass.” We’re willing to bet it has something to do with the party-like atmosphere on the 16th hole. Surrounded on all sides by stadium seating, the 16th hole draws spectators who are there for a good time as much as they are to see pros like Phil Mickelson and J.B. Holmes duke it out. In honor of the WM Phoenix Open golf tournament, we’re counting down the top five most memorable moments (to date!) on the 16th hole:


Two years after winning the entire tournament, PGA TOUR professional Hal Sutton made the first hole-in-one on the 16th during the third round of the event. At that time, the tournament was known simply as the Phoenix Open.


In a major step toward amplifying the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s party atmosphere, the tournament’s first corporate skyboxes made their appearance along the 16th hole’s southern embankment this year. Today, Skybox tickets on the 16th hole are the most in-demand of the entire golf event.


The “coliseum” takes shape as the 16th hole is completely surrounded by stands, making it the first golf hole of its kind on the PGA TOUR. The grandstands seat between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators, and that’s not counting the corporate skyboxes.


Arizona State University students and golf fans officially tag the 16th hole as “The House that Phil Built” after former Sun Devil and three-time Phoenix Open Champion Phil Mickelson. Mickelson won the tournament in 1996, 2005 and 2013.


Tiger Woods hits the “shot heard ‘round the world” on the 16th hole when he sank an ace. The event exposed the world to the fun and rowdy atmosphere of the Phoenix Open as it was replayed on television over and over (and over – still, to this day!).



Waste Management Honored With First “Water Stewardship Influencer Award” Presented By Green Sports Alliance & Bonneville Environmental Foundation

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Jan. 18, 2019 — Waste Management was recently honored with the “Water Stewardship Influencer Award” presented by Green Sports Alliance and Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) for the company’s awareness and conservation efforts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The award was presented at the ASU Sports and Sustainability Symposium held at Arizona State University on January 17. BEF teamed with the Green Sports Alliance to honor organizations that are not only exhibiting excellence in water conservation and restoration, but also leveraging their position to bring others along with them to directly grow a movement around environmental water stewardship.

"For the past five years, Waste Management has helped to move the needle for corporate environmental water stewardship in Arizona,” said Todd Reeve, CEO of Bonneville Environmental Foundation. “Leveraging the power and influence of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, they have driven awareness and resources to conserving water, reusing grey water, and restoring freshwater to nature in a state and at a time when it could not be more important. For these reasons and more, we are thrilled to partner with the Green Sports Alliance to honor Waste Management with the first Water Stewardship Influencer Award.”

Waste Management and the tournament hosts, The Thunderbirds, implement water conservation measures to ensure water is used responsibly at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Measures include handwashing stations utilizing hand sanitizer instead of water and grey water is collected in the kitchens across the course as well as the hospitality bars on the 16th hole to be reused in portable toilets to reduce freshwater usage.

Buy one VIP, get one VIP 50 percent off to Saturday’s headline event Presented by Omnia Nightclub to see the No. 1 DJ in the world, Martin Garrix; along with DJ Vice and Justin Mylo. This special seven day FLASH promotion begins Thursday, January 17 at 8 a.m., and will run through Wednesday, January 23. VIP tickets start at $300 – The second ticket, when purchasing two, will cost $150.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Once Again to Offer Free Admission Monday and Tuesday as part of


Thanks to Ford, the Official Vehicle of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, all fans will be admitted FREE of charge on Monday, Jan. 28 and Tuesday, Jan. 29 to the Waste Management Phoenix Open as part of “Ford Free Days” courtesy of your Arizona Ford Dealers.

As part of the renewed partnership, the second-annual closest-to-the-pin contest called “FORD Drive for Your Ride” will be held on the iconic 16th hole, giving players a chance to win a new Ford Edge ST and to give a new Ford Edge ST to one of ten local non-profit organizations. 

“This marks the fourth consecutive year our event and Ford have teamed up to offer free admission to all of our fans,” said Tournament Chairman Chance Cozby. “Ford has been an outstanding partner. We’re thrilled to offer Ford Free Days once again, but even more so to share a common commitment to our local communities.”

Monday’s schedule includes practice rounds by PGA TOUR players and the Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am, while Tuesday will include practice rounds, the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day, the popular San Tan Ford Special Olympics Open and the PGA TOUR Wives Classic.

GOLFTEC is Celebrating the Grand Opening of Their New Training Center - Bringing the Latest From GOLFTEC to Scottsdale!

Join Them For Their Grand Opening Party!

The new GOLFTEC North Scottsdale is now open! Beyond a vibrant new interior, they've significantly enhanced their teaching and club fitting technology, plus, extended their equipment offerings. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, their PGA Professional staff will have a true impact on your entire game like never before.

GOLFTEC will be celebrating the opening on January 12th from 10 AM- 3 PM. The event will be filled with great Coaching, specials, drawings, prizes, giveaways plus food and beverages on them!

Every attendee receives a gift bag that includes $50 in GOLFTEC Bucks that can be used on a Swing Evaluation, TECFIT Club Fitting or Lesson Plan!

Plus, each attendee can sign up for a FREE Swing Analysis and FREE Club Fitting consultation.

GOLFTEC: Grand Opening

When: Saturday, January 12th from 10 AM - 3PM

Where: GOLFTEC North Scottsdale - 23417 N. Pima Rd #B161 Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Who: Open House. Please feel free to invite your family and friends

What: Food & drink, contests, prizes, special offers, expert coaching & more!

Located off N Pima rd and E Pinnacle Peak rd near the Desert Village Shopping center, the new Center features significantly enhanced teaching and club fitting technology, plus, extended equipment offerings if you'd like to be fit for new clubs.

GOLFTEC can help all golfers from the beginner to even the pro!


Waste Management Phoenix Open Receives Highest International Award for Sustainability in Golf

2018 Tournament Retains “GEO Certified®” Accolade

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 8, 2018) - The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open recently received the highest international award for sustainability in golf for its efforts to balance environmental impacts, conserve natural resources and benefit the local community as Scotland-based GEO Foundation (GEO) again named the event as a “GEO Certified® Tournament.”

To become “GEO Certified®” the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest attended tournament on the PGA TOUR, completed a custom-built program for golf tournaments, that was both streamlined and robust, including: document and evidence submission, a third-party verification carried out by the Council for Responsible Sport (the official verification body for GEO Certified Tournaments in North America), a thorough review by GEO, and agreement to a range of Continual Improvement Points. In conjunction with the GEO announcement, Waste Management published the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Sustainability Report with detailed metrics and program explanations.

Sustainability highlights from the 2018 tournament include:

100 percent landfill diversion through recycling, composting, donation, reuse and waste-to-energy.

75 million gallons of water restored to the Verde River through the Waste Management Phoenix Open Water Campaign with Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Change the Course.

Approximately 6,353 gallons of grey water captured for reuse from kitchens across the course and hospitality bars on the 16th hole.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, purchased 100 percent renewable electricity from Arizona Public Service, used the sun to solar-power smart energy compactors and some light fixtures around the course, fueled generators and some shuttle buses with  biodiesel. In addition, most of Waste Management’s trucks used to haul materials from the tournament were fueled by compressed natural gas.

Waste Management Phoenix Open named 2018 Tournament of the Year

PGA TOUR event also co-honored as “Most Fan-First Event”

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – The Waste Management Phoenix Open (Scottsdale, Arizona) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on December 6.

For the third time in five years, the Waste Management Phoenix Open was named PGA TOUR “Tournament of the Year.” The 2018 event also tied with the Safeway Open for “Most Fan-First Event.”

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am pleased to congratulate the Waste Management Phoenix Open for these special recognitions,” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder.

“The Thunderbirds and Waste Management worked tirelessly to continue and raise the bar across all facets of the event, and the fans responded. With the TOUR’s renewed focus on the fan experience onsite at TOUR events, we are excited to recognize the Waste Management Phoenix Open on its efforts to improve and innovate the experience at PGA TOUR events.”

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, won by Gary Woodland in a playoff, saw record attendance, social media engagement and charitable impact. Held at TPC Scottsdale and known for its famous coliseum-style 16th hole, the Waste Management Phoenix Open continues to shatter attendance records, with the 2018 event drawing a weekly total of 720,000 fans, nearly 63,000 more than the previous year. As part of a four-day concert series, nearly 10,000 fans attended a sold-out performance by Florida Georgia Line after Thursday’s opening round, and fans took to social media to share their experience. Tournament channels saw an influx of more than 20,000 followers, a 36-percent increase.

As fan numbers increased, so did the charitable impact, with the 2018 event raising a record $12.2 million for local charities, eclipsing $12 million for the first time.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the PGA TOUR for our commitment to our fans, sponsors and communities,” said Carlos Sugich, 2018 WM Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman. “The Thunderbirds and our title sponsor Waste Management work tirelessly to make each WM Phoenix Open better than the last, not only in overall fan experience, but also in charitable giving and innovation. We’re extremely proud of these acknowledgements, and we look forward to setting the bar even higher in the years to come.”