What to Expect at the 2018 Waste Management Open

The Phoenix Waste Management Open is back and 2018 is gearing up to bring an even bigger crowd than the previous year. The attendance for 2017 was listed at 655,434 people for the entire week. Known as “The Greenest Show on Grass” this year’s line-up shows no sign of slowing down.

How Much Does it Cost?

Beginning on January 29, the course will be open both Monday and Tuesday to the public as part of Ford's Free Days. On Wednesday the celebrities take the course, including such stars as Michael Phelps, Aaron Rodgers, Emmett Smith and including Arizona’s own- Larry Fitzgerald and Bruce Arians. The cost for Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday is $40, while both Friday and Saturday are $50. Don't worry about getting your tickets early as this event never sells out and tickets will be available at the gate.

What Should I bring?

As always with the weather in Arizona, there are two things you should always have on you, sunglasses and sunscreen. In addition to the basic items, you should also your phone and of course some money to spend. You won't want to miss out on grabbing some cold craft beer and a thunderdog during the tournament. There are restrictions on bags as well as other items, so please refer to the information from the TPC Scottsdale here.

I've never been, where do I sit or where's the best place to be?

If you're an avid golf fan, you can find where every golfer is teeing off each morning by visiting PGAtour.com. However, if you're at the WMO for the party, then the 16th hole is where you'll want to be. Lined with exclusive (and pricey) skyboxes and suites, this hole alone sits over 16,000 people. If you’re not lucky enough to get a reserved seat, plan to get there before the sun comes up to grab a good spot in the general admission line.

What else should I know before I head to the WMO?

Every year, the Waste Management Open is part of the Zero Waste Challenge. The event is eco-sensitive and includes over 6,000 recycling and compost bins throughout the course. As well, on Saturday, February 3rd, everyone is encouraged to wear green to support this environment-friendly act.

If you’re looking for free swag and a good laugh, again the 16th hole is the place to be. In the past golfers have been known to throw out frisbees, foam curly fries and even cans of beer- although they’ve been advised to discontinue this, not all players abide by the rules. Another banned (but continued event) is the caddie race. You’ll never know what will happen at this infamous hole.

Last but not least, the course does offer free Wi-fi so you can post your favorite picture or video. And if you haven't already, download Golfshot GPS for free (which you can get here for iOS and here for Android) and see a 3D view of TPC Scottsdale while getting real-time distances on all holes throughout your visit. Happy spectating!