5 Best Spots to Watch the Golf at the 2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Editorial StaffJanuary 25, 2022
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Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” the WMPO is the largest professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. If you plan to be one of the thousands of people (2020 attendance: 700,000-plus) who will pack into the TPC Scottsdale to see the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm swing for the history books, consult our tournament map, including our picks for the five best viewing spots.


  • DATE/TIME: Monday, February 7-Sunday, February 13; gates open at 7 a.m.
  • COST: Free general admission M-Tu; $50 W-Th, Su; $75 F-Sa; children 17 and younger get in for free when accompanied by an adult
  • INFO: wmphoenixopen.com
  • PARKING: Free public parking with complimentary shuttle service to tournament gates. Shuttles run 7 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Tu; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. W-Sa; 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Su. Refer to wmphoenixopen.com for directions to the parking lots.


The 13th green may be the farthest point from the clubhouse, but it offers some of the best birdie-watching: 175 were sunk here in 2018, second only to the 17th (184).


A hill left of the par-3 4th hole provides an elevated view of a green that’s been home to seven holes-in-one at the Open – second-most behind the 16th (9).


Park yourself at The Ridge above the 12th hole to enjoy views of four holes while munching on pub grub and enjoying a tall cold one.


Stand just right of the island green on 15 to see who sacks up for a potential eagle. Bonus: hearing roars from the crowd on the adjacent 16th hole.


On Thursday and Friday, take a seat on the grass above the 9th green to catch half the field finishing their rounds. Good view of the 2nd green, too.


  • Wednesday’s Pro-Am Day is your best bet for scoring an autograph from your favorite pro or celeb player. Fewer people, shorter lines, less intensity. Past celebs include Olympian Michael Phelps and AZ Cardinals superstar receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
  • If you’re doing the Open “cross-country style,” where you follow a favorite player around, you can bring your own collapsible chair.
  • Everyone wants to see the legendary 16th hole, especially on Saturday. Some fans arrive as early as 5 a.m. to make a mad dash for limited general admission seats when the TPC opens at 7 a.m. Bring your running shoes!


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