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TPC Scottsdale Golf Course Review – Worth The Hype?

Golf enthusiasts from around the world flock to TPC Scottsdale for an unforgettable golf experience. TPC is home to the iconic Stadium Course and the equally impressive Champions Course.

There’s no doubt it’s a “must play” course(s) and easy to see why they made our list of best golf courses in Scottsdale. In this comprehensive review, we’ll take an in-depth look at both courses, exploring their unique features, best holes, and everything you need to know to make the most of your day at TPC.

TPC Scottsdale Golf Course Review

Both the Stadium and Champions Courses at TPC Scottsdale are renowned for their pristine conditions. The manicured fairways and well-maintained greens ensure a top-tier golfing experience year-round.

Overview 

  • Opened 1986 
  • Owned and operated by the PGA Tour 
  • Architects – Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish 
  • Tournament Atmosphere: Playing the Stadium Course can be a surreal experience, especially when it’s set up for the WM open. The grandstands on the 16th hole’s amphitheater provide a taste of professional golf. Plus the conditions are wildly challenging after the event. 

Practice Facility

Both golf courses at TPC Scottsdale have great practice facilities. Obviously the Stadium course is better as they host a PGA Tour event and the best players in the world need a great warm up area. 

Both practice facilities at TPC have grass driving ranges (Champions is sometimes mats), large putting greens, and good chipping greens (with bunkers). So whatever you need to work on for your game, you can do it here.

Course Overview + Conditions 

TPC Scottsdale takes pride in maintaining their courses in pristine condition, ensuring a top-tier golfing experience year-round. The Stadium course tips out at 7,261 yards as a par 71. 

The Championship course was designed by Randy Heckenkemper and tips out at 7,115 yards. The course is a good mix of generous fairways, challenging bunkers, a few risk-reward holes, and captivating desert scenery.

11th hole at TPC Scottsdale Stadium

Noteworthy Holes on TPC Stadium Golf Course 

The Stadium Course is not for the faint of heart. Its demanding layout requires strategic thinking and precise shot-making to navigate water hazards, bunkers, and doglegs.

Here are some of the best holes on the course. 

Hole 3: Par 5 – 558 yards

A good drive will make you consider going for the green in two – the only problem is the desert looming in front. You’ll need to hit a high towering shot to land on one of the most difficult greens on the golf course. 

Hole 11: Par 4 – 472 yards

This is one of the hardest holes on the golf course and on the PGA Tour. It’s long so hitting the driver is a must but there is water on the left side and desert on the right. 

Even with a good drive you’ll face a long second shot with more water and bunkers to deal with. Par is a fantastic score on this hole. 

Hole 16: Par 3 – 162 yards (The Coliseum) 

Known as one of the most famous holes in golf, this par-3 hole is encircled by grandstands that can accommodate nearly 20,000 spectators. What’s funny is that the hole itself isn’t that hard or special (only 162 yards) but the fans make it unlike anything else in golf. 

During tournaments, the atmosphere is electric, and the pressure is intense. Even for casual golfers, it’s an exhilarating experience.

Hole 17: Par 4 – 332 yards (The Bear Down) 

If you can make it through 16 you’ll face one of the greatest holes on the course. The 17th is a risk-reward scenario; choose to go for the green but risk the water on the left. 

If you lay back even the second shot is tough as everything slopes toward the water. A back pin is the hardest on the green and requires precision (avoid the greenside bunker at all costs). 

Hole 18: Par 4 – 442 yards (Monument) 

The closing hole of the Stadium Course is a par-4 with a breathtaking backdrop of the McDowell Mountains. A well-placed drive needs to avoid the bunkers and water on the left. But missing right on the hill isn’t easy either.

A good drive sets up a challenging approach shot to a green guarded by bunkers. Overall the last three holes are some of the best finishing holes in golf.

Sunrise view TPC Scottsdale champions

Noteworthy Holes on TPC Champions Golf Course 

While the Stadium Course often steals the show, the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale is a hidden gem in the valley. It offers a more relaxed yet equally enjoyable round of golf. 

Here are some of the more noteworthy holes on the golf course. 

Hole 4: Par 5 – 556 yards

The first par five is a great hole that requires a solid tee shot to give yourself a chance to reach the green in two. You’ll have to split a narrow fairway with desert right and bunkers left. 

If you can reach the green in two aim for the right front part of the green. Missing left isn’t good and it’s hard to hit a shot high enough to land softly on the back left section of the green. 

Hole 6: Par 3 – 202 yards

The second par 3 is a tough one thanks to the undulating green and long distance (which can play into the wind). If the pin is left you’ll want to favor that side but be careful as a pulled shot can go over the cart path and into the desert.

Missing long isn’t great if it’s a back right pin and will leave a delicate pitch shot. Ultimately a middle green target isn’t too bad even if it leaves a long birdie putt. 

Hole 9: Par 5 – 575 yards 

The 9th hole is a captivating par-5 with a fairway that slopes right to left and can lead to going for the green in two shots. However, the green is surrounded by bunkers and water short left. 

I typically try to give myself 30-40 yard chips as the water does come into play. The green also has multiple tiers making it anything from an easy birdie hole. 

Hole 15: Par 4 – 359 or 306 yards

Depending on where the tee box is you’ll have a choice to lay up or drive the green. The layup is a pretty easy shot to the right fairway but will require a slightly uphill shot. Or, you can take driver and try to go for the green – anything about 40 yards short is still fine and leads to an easy chip shot too. 

Hole 17: Par 5 – 605 yards

The final par 5 is the longest hole on the golf course but does play downhill. Long hitters can get there in two when the course is dry and if the wind is blowing (despite being 600 yards). The only goal is to miss the bunker on the right side of the hole – left is fine.

The second shot is a risk-reward as you might be able to run a 3-wood up there but will have to navigate the bunker left. Missing short is okay but anything right of the green slopes away into the desert. 

Hole 18: Par 4 – 560 yards

The closing hole requires a perfect drive to thread the needle between water on the left and a fairway bunker right. It pretty much requires a driver as the hole is so long. 

FAQs

Do you have more questions about playing golf at the iconic TPC golf courses in Scottsdale? If so, check out the most frequently asked questions and answers now. 

Is TPC Scottsdale worth it?

Yes, it’s always fun to play a championship golf course where the PGA Tour has an event. Both courses are some of the best in the valley and will test all aspects of your golf game. 

Which TPC Scottsdale course is better?

TPC Stadium is more iconic thanks to the WM Open event held in February each year. But I think the Championship is just as good (if not better) in terms of layouts and holes. 

Do you have to use a caddie at TPC Scottsdale? 

No, you do not need to use a caddy at TPC Scottsdale. It’s recommended to ride in a golf cart to keep up the pace of play. 

What do I need to know before playing TPC Scottsdale? 

TPC is a lot of fun so get your game dialed in before playing either course as they’re both great tests of golf. Make sure to get there early to buy some gear in the pro shop, enjoy the awesome practice facilities, and get warmed up so you’re ready to go.

Depending on where you’re driving in from you might get some traffic so plan accordingly. Stop at the new Draftkings Sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale after the round too. 

How much does it cost to play TPC Scottsdale? 

The price of TPC Scottsdale depends on the time of year. The courses are most expensive from January – March following the WM Open. 

If you want to play both courses for the best rates, look for June – September before overseed season. 

Can I rent golf clubs and equipment at TPC Scottsdale?**

Yes, TPC Scottsdale offers rental clubs and golf equipment for both the Stadium and Champions Courses. If you’re traveling without your sticks, no worries. Rental clubs are a convenient option for visitors who don’t want to travel with their own golf clubs. 

  • Is there a dress code at TPC Scottsdale?

Yes, there is a dress code at TPC Scottsdale. The general guideline is to wear collared shirts, proper golf shorts or slacks, and golf shoes. Some items that aren’t allowed at the golf course include tank tops, denim, and flip-flops. 

Can I book golf lessons or clinics for my group at TPC Scottsdale?

Yes, they do offer golf lessons and clinics that can be customized for groups. Whether you’re organizing a corporate outing or a group of friends looking to improve their game, the professional instructors at TPC Scottsdale can accommodate your needs.

When is the best time to play at TPC Scottsdale?

The ideal time to visit TPC Scottsdale depends on your preference. The fall and winter months (October to April) offer pleasant weather and are considered the peak golfing season. However, this is also when the courses are most crowded. If you’re looking for a quieter experience with more affordable rates, consider playing during the summer months, though be prepared for higher temperatures.

Are there any special golf packages or discounts available at TPC Scottsdale? 

TPC Scottsdale occasionally offers special packages, especially during the off-peak season. It’s recommended to check their official website or contact the clubhouse for information on any ongoing promotions or discounts.

Do I need to be a member to play at TPC Scottsdale? Is TPC Scottsdale public? 

No, you don’t need to be a member to play at TPC Scottsdale. The courses are open to the public for anyone interested in enjoying a round of golf. 

Unfortunately, they don’t have any Arizona resident rates for all you locals. But it’s still always fun to play golf at the same course as a PGA Tour event. 

Closing Thoughts 

TPC Scottsdale is home to the “Greatest show on grass” and definitely worth playing if you’re in Arizona. If you’re an out-of-towner, try to plan accordingly so you don’t have to pay $400+ for a tee time. If you’re a local, stick to TPC during the off-season to avoid crowds and outrageous prices. 

I’d suggest playing both courses, as I think they’re both a great test of golf. While the Stadium course is more famous, there are some great holes on Champions too. 

Which TPC course is your favorite?

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