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Waste Management Phoenix Open – What to expect when planning a trip!

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Bucket List Golf Trip!

Known as the: Waste Management, Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale Championship Course. This is by far one of the most fun PGA golf course tournaments you can go to as a spectator on the PGA tour (LIV is different).

A group of us went in 2022 and we are going back in 2024!

Quick Cost Budget Guide:

Just a little quick cost calculator for your reference:

  • Travel/Plane flight ($50-$1,000 depending on location and airline)
  • Hotel/Air BnB ($250-$400/night)
  • General Admission Tickets for the Tournament ($75-$100/day)
  • Golf ($150-$300/round)
  • Car/Uber ($100-$200)

What make this tournament so fun?

The WM Phoenix open is the largest golf tournament in attendance by far. In 2023, an estimated 900,000 people attended the tournament over the course of the week. Pair that with the infamous 16th hole, and you get an unbeatable experience.

It has been rumored that screams from the 16 stadium-style hole can travel all the way into downtown Phoenix, especially when any player hits a hole-in-one. Check out how we got into the 16th hole with less than a 5-minute wait here!

General Admission or Upgraded Tickets?

One of the most common things asked on the internet for this tournament. Here are the average prices for 2024:

  • General Admission: $75-100
  • Members Club: $350+
  • Greenskeeper: $600+
  • Skybox for hole 16, 17, and 18: $850+

Each has its own perks for access to special beer tents, special areas of the course, and complimentary beer/wine/soda.

The general admission tickets are all that you need to have a great experience. If you want to spend the money, you will not be disappointed in the amenities each ticket tier has to offer.

Course Location

If you are flying into the Phoenix airport, TPC Scottsdale is only 25 minutes from the airport. You can pretty much stay anywhere in Phoenix and have a relative short drive to the airport and the course.

Price for staying in Phoenix for the Waste Management

Hotels around Phoenix are on average $250-350 a night. You can find the cheaper hotels around the area, but again you must book super early to get any good rates. The hotels fill up fast and their rates increase substantially with the demand.

If you want to stay super close to the TPC Scottsdale course, the hotels average $600-$800 a night.

Playing golf in Phoenix during the waste management?

Phoenix this time of year is known to have one of the best weather seasons of the year. The golf courses are all in pristine condition, and the temperature average highs are in the mid 70s.

If you play golf, you need to plan accordingly. Not only are people visiting to watch a day or two of the golf tournament, many people from all over the US travel with their golf clubs, wanting to play golf in the nice warm weather.

This means golf courses book extremely fast and get pretty expensive for the prime time tee times.

Book Early

You can book your tee times at most of the golf courses in Phoenix well in advance. We recommend you do this the minute that you book the plane tickets or decide you are going.

If you wait until the last minute, you will not have time to finish a full 18-hole round or may not be able to get an early enough tee time. But sometimes, 9 holes is all you need!

Phoenix has around 200 golf courses in and around the metro area. Be prepared to pay a premium, the golf course prices average from $100-$200 per round during the tournament time.

We spent hours looking around for golf courses to play that fit our travel schedule. Here is something to help you out! These are Saturday Prime time tee time prices for 2024.

Golf Course LinkPriceLink to Book
Tee Times
Union Hills Golf Club$90LINK
Painted Mountain Golf Resort$99LINK
Arizona Golf Resort$104LINK
Arizona Grand Golf Course$125LINK
Palm Valley Golf Club$159LINK
Long Tree Golf Club$160LINK
Foothills Golf Club$164LINK
Wigwam Golf Course$199LINK
The Legend at Arrowhead$199LINK
Golf Club of Estrella$215LINK
Stonecreek Golf Club$219LINK
Ocotillo Golf Course$219LINK
McCormic Ranch Golf Club$239LINK
Verado Golf Club$245LINK
Starfire Golf Club$249LINK
Legacy Golf Club$250LINK
McDowell Mountain Golf Club$254LINK
Silverado Golf & Country Club$269LINK
Orange Tree Golf Resort$274LINK
Papago Golf Course$285LINK
Whirlwind Golf Club$300LINK
Raven Golf Club$314LINK
Longbow Golf Club$329LINK
Lookout Mountain Golf Club$344LINK
Talking Stick (casino)$350LINK
CambleBack Golf Club$409LINK

Make a full week trip out of it!

If you have more time than a few days to go, make full weeks trip out of it.

They now have a concert in the stadium on the 16th hole the weekend prior to the tournament. Each year is always booked with great headliner artists. The stage is placed between the tee box and the green.

The practice round days are free to the public. During these days, the players are typically more relaxed and are more likely to interact with the fans (joking, signing autographs, etc) than the days during the tournament.

You can get also have a chance to play the actual TPC Scottsdale course the days after the tournament. You will need to book these well in advance and greens fees are upward of $750.


Long Bombs Golf Final Say:

All in all, if you ever get the chance to go or are thinking about it. Do it. Life is too short not to experience something like the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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About the Author


How we got onto 16 with a 5 minute wait at the WM Phoenix Open!

How I got on hole 16 (The Stadium hole) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with little to no wait!! I also have tips and tricks on what to do once you are inside the gate and inside the stadium hole. Check this out if you ever plan to make a trip out! If you ever have the chance, it is definitely worth the trip.

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