Tournament of Players Golf
Club (TPC) - Stadium Course
Architect: Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish
The TPC of Scottsdale was designed
as the stage for the FBR Open -- the largest spectator event on the PGA TOUR.
Each year, more than 500,000 fans come to the TPC of Scottsdale to see the FBR
Open. The Stadium Course possesses the
natural flavor of the desert that lends to its beauty. Saguaro cacti and
mesquite trees dot the landscape, and one of the largest Palo Verdes trees in
the state, measuring 42 feet, a dozen feet higher than normal, resides at the
pleasing 15th hole.
Contributing to the course's difficulty are the numerous mounds and bunkers, 72
of the latter, which, in conjunction with the desert areas, create a course of
significant strategic difficulty. The 15th, a par-5 of 501 yards, features an
island green and presents an heroic design feature for those who find the
fairway, since the temptation to reach the green in two shots will be strong.
The par-3 16th hole garnered fame when Tiger Woods aced it during the 1997
The 17th is a renowned and respected short par-4. Phoenix Magazine selected it
for inclusion in its collection of "The Best 18 holes to play in
Arizona." Just 332 yards, the hole can be driven from the tee, but danger
lurks with water and sand. At the 2001 Phoenix Open, Andrew Magee took the
perilous bunkers and water out of play--and used a bit of luck--as he drove the
green to record the only par-4 double eagle in the history of the PGA TOUR. His
tee shot deflected off of Tom Byrum's putter and rolled about 8 feet directly
into the hole as Byrum was squatting down to look over his putt.
The 18th hole, 438 yards, par 4, is perhaps the most dramatic hole with a large
lake along the left and sand on the right. The second shot into the green is no
less demanding, with a deep bunker to the right and a slope protecting the left
side and front.
Golf Digest ranked TPC of Scottsdale in the "Top 25 Best Courses in
Arizona." Conde Nast Magazine named TPC of Scottsdale as one of the
"Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World" over the past 10-year period.
Golfer Magazine ranked TPC of Scottsdale in the "Top 100 Golf Resorts in