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Old 02-23-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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There are plenty of beautiful and challenging holes on some of the most amazing courses that host PGA tour events. For example, there is Amen Corner, where #12 and #13 could possibly be the most beautiful holes there are. And there is #17 at TPC Sawgrass, the island of death, which certainly could be the most frustrating hole in golf. But there is one hole and one hole alone that stands out as the most unique hole in golf. A hole that offers something that no other hole on any tour can provide.

That "something" would be 25,000 screaming lunatics at hole #16 at TPC Scottsdale (and that's with no Tiger Woods playing). A 360 degree ampitheater of stadium seats that make the golfers feel like they are playing golf inside a stadium. Indeed it's a hole that gives the golfers a feeling they will never get anywhere else. It's almost as if they were a gladiator out in the middle of the Roman Coliseum. A hole that takes 166 volunteers to manage (yes, for just 1 single hole on the course). In previous years it was almost 360 degree stadum seating but they always left a back section open for standing fans. Now, it's fully enclosed.

Lets' hear what some of the Pro's have to say about it.....

Villegas said, "There's only one place on Earth, one hole on Earth like that. The fans are crazy. I know there's a lot of alcohol being served there. . . . "

Tom Lehman said, "It's like playing a golf shot in the Rose Bowl".

Cink said, "I love it. It's one of the great spectacles in golf, especially Saturday and Sunday when they really get going. It makes golf feel like a true stadium sport. In a way, it adds a lot of pressure, because you don't want to be a goat there."

Yes, this is not your typical golf crowd and by all means this is something that probably wouldn't work each weak on the tour, but for one special week, it's welcomed by the players, the fans and the media. The players have grown to appreciate the spectical that is #16 at TPC Scottsdale.














And #18 doesn't do a bad job itself with attendance. The course sees well over half a million spectators over the 4 days, by far the largest of any PGA tour event. I've gone to this several times and trying to park is always a major pain in the ass but it's a major party and fun as hell. The food is awesome and of course, the drinks are even better !!! If you get a chance, watch it this weekend. If you've never seen #16 before, it's pretty awesome to watch.



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Old 02-23-2010, 12:37 AM   #2
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Great thread Zona. I like to golf. I've never been very serious about it at all but it's just fun to be out on the course. If I was teeing up at the 16th I'd certainly feel obligated to belt out a huge "FORE".

That scene is incredible!
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Wow, that's something else.

I'm going to finally sell my old clubs. They've been sitting in the garage far too long collecting dust. Not much fun without the regular group anymore.

My favorite tournements to play in were always the Runnin'Gunnin' Golf tournys each year that was part of the NFL Irrelevant Week held in SoCal every year. That was about the only thing I was qualified for...lol.
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That's what I call an 8-chipper.
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I wonder how many of those spectators get hit with an errant golf ball (I've been hit with one... straight off the tee... and let me tell you this: it hurt like hell).
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I wonder how many of those spectators get hit with an errant golf ball (I've been hit with one... straight off the tee... and let me tell you this: it hurt like hell).
At a PGA event?
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The dude should have just stayed single.


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I assumed you were going to mention this one:

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I assumed you were going to mention this one:

I approve of any hole requiring a helicopter
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Great thread Zona. I like to golf. I've never been very serious about it at all but it's just fun to be out on the course. If I was teeing up at the 16th I'd certainly feel obligated to belt out a huge "FORE".
That scene is incredible!
That would be the ultimate classic. I love to golf...great thread.
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I've played TPC Scottsdale. Amazing course (though I played like ****).
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I wonder how many of those spectators get hit with an errant golf ball (I've been hit with one... straight off the tee... and let me tell you this: it hurt like hell).
I'll bet no one. Mid iron in hand and PGA tour players at worst will be hitting 10 yards off the green which is still in play. I think they hit 8-6 iron on that hole.
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The dude should have just stayed single.


I don't think it would of affected him getting partaking in some strange out there.
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At a PGA event?
Nope... it was at a local golf course; a tournament sponsored by the American Legion post. The guy whose errant drive hit me had just teed up for the "men's long drive"... and he was a big guy, so there was a bit of power behind the ball. I had a deep bruise on my shoulder for 3 weeks (and fortunately the bra strap took most of the impact).

Oh, did I mention, this happened the very first time my husband talked me into actually playing golf (as opposed to "riding on the cart and drinking beer, which I still prefer over playing). And then after being hit by the golf ball, a storm blew in, we got drenched, and lightning started (with us standing out there in the clearings with metal stuff in our hands, we decided to forgo the final two holes). Not exactly an ideal introduction to the game of golf.
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Wow, impressive looking. Went to Carmel for my anniversary and had lunch at Pebble. Still hard to top that one for beauty...
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:27 AM   #18
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I wonder if Tiger will ever go back to the Phoenix Open (yes, I still call it that, since the sponsership changes every few years and you never know what to call it, lol).

I know he was heckled and had an object thrown at him but that was a long time ago and the security is light years ahead of where it was back then. I went 2 years ago and they have metal detectors, you can't even carry your cell phone with you, and certainly no camera's.

I think part of the reason he stayed away all this time was that he was a huge NFL fan and this tourny was always the same date as the Superbowl. Kinda amazing that it has grown so big factoring in that Superbowl Sunday was the final day of the tournament. I think this year it could even be much bigger then ever. Maybe the bad econmy might hold that in check, lol.

But he should come back, he's mising out on one of the best golf tourny's of the year, that's not a Major.

The player galleries can be mind blowing large. I didn't even try to follow Phil a few years ago, no way in hell I was going to battle that mob scene just to follow him around. And you might not have expected, but Daly always used to have massive crowds around him too. Sort of the mentality of the fans there. Grip it and rip it.
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I wonder if Tiger will ever go back to the Phoenix Open (yes, I still call it that, since the sponsership changes every few years and you never know what to call it, lol).


The Waste Management Phoenix Open


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I've played TPC Scottsdale. Amazing course (though I played like ****).
TPC scottsdale is just an average course around here though. It is nice and built to hold a bunch of people but there are probably 20 or more courses within 10 miles of it that are nicer. Desert courses are all kind of the same though target golf.
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Its fun to watch, I prefer 17 at Sawgrass because the tournament means something. 16 is alright but with no real trouble on the hole the worst that can happen is hitting it couple feet off the green. These guys aren't gonna miss it because 25000 fans are watching. At Sawgrass they might hit it in the water twice and 18 is a tough tee shot.
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