Things To Keep In Mind When You Come To The Phoenix Open
With around one half million people going through the gates this week there are some things you have to keep in mind when you come out. Like… can I take my cellphone? Where in the world to I park?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get tickets?
Daily general admission is $25. Children ages 17 & under are free when accompanied by an adult. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is never sold out and tickets will be available at the Waste Management Phoenix Open gate during tournament week (January 31 - February 6). Advance daily general admission tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers including Fry’s Marketplace Stores and by phone at 480-784-4444 in Greater Phoenix; or you can order online in the Tickets section of this website.
Who is Waste Management?
Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM), based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. For more information, please visit Waste Management’s corporate web site at www.wm.com/.
Where is the TPC Scottsdale located?
Between Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 Freeway (Pima Road), north of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Detailed maps are available in the “Course” or “Directions & Parking” sections of this website.
Where do I park?
Click here for parking information and directions.
Where is Will Call?
Will Call is located at the main tournament entrance at the corner of 87th St and Bell Road.
Handicap Patron Information:
Handicap parking is located in Lot 4 directly across from the Main Tournament Entrance.
Handicap seating areas are located on holes 16 and 18
Southwest Mobility offers free scooter rentals, on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesday – Sunday (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Southwest Mobility’s rental location is just outside the main expo tent near the tournament entrance.
Are there restrictions on what I can bring onto the tournament grounds?
Items that are prohibited from being brought into the tournament include:
- Weapons — even with a permit, violation is a felony (ARS Sec. 13-3102).
- Cellular Phones — there are free phone call stations located around the grounds.
- Beverages (except sealed bottled water and special drinks such as baby formula)
- Food Items (unless pre-prepared, in clear bags and carried by hand in a plastic grocery style bag. Slice fruit will be allowed.)
- Still or video cameras — Thursday through Sunday (okay Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
- Pagers — unless they can be set to vibrate.
- Radios or TVs.
- Purses, bags, fanny packs or other carry-in items larger than 6″ x 6″ x 6″ — sizing boxes will be located at the gates, and all purses, bags and fanny packs are subject to inspection.
- The sale or give-away of tournament tickets and badges at the tournament site is prohibited except by Thunderbirds.
Golf Etiquette 101
Stay quiet and stand still when the players are about to hit the ball. For your own safety, follow the directions of tournament marshals. Spectators will be removed immediately without warning for:
- Refusal to obey quiet signs or signals
- Distracting or embarrassing a player
- Making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures toward a player
- Booing or cheering at inappropriate times
Check The Weather
Check the weather forecast before you visit the Waste Management Phoenix Open and dress appropriately. Expect cool mornings and sunny afternoons, so dressing in layers is the best idea.
Sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes and binoculars.
Have A Plan
There are basically two ways to watch a golf tournament. “Parade Style” is where you pick a spot and watch the field pass by or “Cross-Country Style” is where you follow a particular player or group around the course.
Arrive early to reserve a spot, especially if you plan on watching the tournament “Parade Style.” On Thursday and Friday, groups are simultaneously started on the first and tenth holes. Most people watch the action on the back nine holes which may give you the opportunity to get a better view of the players on the front nine.
Daily Pairing Sheet & Map
Pick up a daily pairing sheet to find out when the players tee off and the order of the groups. Pairing sheets include a course map, and are available near the entrances and at selected other locations on the tournament grounds. The pros usually play in threesomes on Thursday and Friday and twosomes on the weekends. Check the scoreboards to find out who the leaders are, and where they are on course. One way to tell the players from a distance is to look for their caddies, who wear color-coded vests (red, white or blue), which will be indicated on the daily pairing sheet.
Players are more receptive to requests for autographs after they have completed their round, so don’t interrupt them before or during their round. A good place to catch them is at the practice area, as most players will return there after they play their round.
Concession stands are located throughout the tournament grounds. For lunch or dinner, visit the Fry’s or Coca-Cola Food Courts. Souvenirs are located at the TPC Merchandise Tents, near the 1st tee and the main entrance.
What if I need to make a phone call?
Cox Communications will be providing free telephone calls at their Digital Telephone Kiosks throughout the TPC and in the Sky Boxes.
Who is playing in this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open?
A list of who is playing in the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be available in early January and will continually update through tournament week. Check back to wmphoenixopen.com for the latest information.
How can I find out what time my favorite players tee off?
Daily pairings will be published in the daily newspaper sports sections and will also be posted on the PGATour.com website. Thursday and Friday pairings are determined before the tournament starts, with each golfer playing one day in the morning and the other day in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday pairings are based on a player’s score, with the leaders teeing off last. Free daily pairing sheets will also be available at the tournament.
What are the best days to see celebrities?
Wednesday of Waste Management Phoenix Open week features the celebrity event. Wednesday, many celebrities and others take part in the annual FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am, which begins with at 8:30 am.
Will the Waste Management Phoenix Open be broadcast on TV or radio?
Yes, the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be broadcast nationally on television on the The Golf Channel (Thursday and Friday) and CBS (Saturday and Sunday) - check local listings for broadcast times in your area. In addition, the Waste Management Phoenix Open will also be broadcast on XM Satelite Radio (Thursday — Sunday).