The Coliseum of Scottsdale – Redux

This is how my post for the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open began:

If it’s Super Bowl weekend, it must be time for the Super Bowl of golf, the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

If you haven’t been to this thing yet, it’s time to get it off your bucket list and get yourself here. You know you want to go. Just looking at the photo of the coliseum that they erect around the par-3 16th hole every year tells you everything you need to know about the size of the crowds, over 500,000 a year and climbing.

Think of it like a state fair, only with golf as the central attraction instead of livestock. It’s billed as “Greatest Show on Grass,” and you’d have to argue that it is.

It went on to describe the experience of attending the tournament…and then went on to become the No. 5 most popular post of all time. That thing just gets Googled to death, probably because of the title and then because of the hi-res aerial photo of the 16th hole at the top. 

I just walked over there this morning and while there have been some design changes that have added more hospitality suites, the formula remains unchanged: twenty thousand fans with high expectations, on one hole, screaming at golf balls in the air struck by masters.

The weather here this week is virtually a cookie cutter version of what I wrote in the piece two years ago year except it’s going to “cool off” into the high 60s over the weekend. With not a cloud in the sky, it’ll be gorgeous.

Hope you can find a way to join the party.

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One Response to The Coliseum of Scottsdale – Redux

  1. Larry B says:

    Good observation, Bill– However I think you are missing one thing — If you are not half drunk when you go in to 16 there is something wrong. If your not at least half drunk when you come out of 16, then you are probably a liar and were not even there.

    Is it true they are considering dancing girls on the green next year between foursomes? Then as the foursomes enter the Coliseum the girls can run along the fronts of the stands and collect their dollar bills– Yee Hah!!!