TPC Scottsdale Stadium.
TPC Scottsdale Stadium - 7,261 yards, par 71.
Every February, this course hosts the biggest party on the PGA Tour: the Phoenix Waste Management Open, a.k.a. the Greatest Show on Grass. Boisterous spectators gather at the par-3 16th hole, a Roman-style coliseum accommodating up to 20,000 bogey-thirsty golf fans. As the day lengthens, cocktails flow and errant shots by the pros are greeted with howls of derision. Antics aside, the course is a strong layout, with greens as fast as a bowling lane. The difficulty increases exponentially the closer you get to the green, with deep bunkering and slopes leading to water hazards. Purists may not warm to the TPC given that it’s built for spectator golf: Crowd-friendly mounds buttress both sides of most holes. Though not the most visually compelling course, TPC will certainly test your game.
For dinner and drinks, head into Old Town Scottsdale. Though its Old West patina faded long ago, it still boasts shaggy, ambling charm. Grab a cold one at Sip Coffee & Beer House, with its 17 taps of rotating brews. You can’t go wrong with local faves like SanTan’s Devil’s Ale or Church Music IPA by The Shop Beer Co. Thirst suitably quenched, walk around the corner to Virtù Honest Craft. Nestled in the Bespoke Inn, the eatery is best enjoyed on its tree-lined patio. Chef Gio Osso’s award winning menu fuses Mediterranean and Southwestern fare: fresh seafood and classic Southwest dishes like ribeye steak and crispy pig’s ears, a haute-cuisine twist on pork rinds.