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Note: The Stadium Course as well as the clubhouse closed for a seven month renovation project beginning April 1, 2014 and re-opened on November 15, 2014. Enjoy the great facilities and the newly renovated golf course. Click here http://www.tpc.com/Scottsdale for information or to book a tee time, and click on this link for info on the renovations http://www.tpc.com/scottsdale-stadium-course-renovation. Green fees in 2015 range from $52.50 to $339.00.

The TPC Scottsdale is a PGA Tour facility that embodies the standards of excellence in golf course operations worldwide. The two layouts include the Stadium Course - annual host to the Phoenix Open (now called the Waste Management Phoenix Open) since 1987 - the largest attended golf event in the world - click here for web info on the Stadium Course.  The Champions Course (with its own clubhouse and practice facilities) is located just 1/2 mile from the main clubhouse, and features a design with beautiful scenery that is playable for all levels of golfers. Click here for a review of the Champions Course.

The Stadium Course is a par 71 7261 yard layout with a 142 slope and 74.7 course rating from the tips, that annually draws rave reviews from professional players for its challenge, conditioning and presentation of amenities. Often mentioned in particular, are the wonderful putting surfaces which are large in size, true rolling and an absolute joy to play on.

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The clubhouse at the Stadium Course is an upscale facility that is located in prime view of the 18th green, and includes a full scale pro shop complete with golf attire, accessories and a selection of top name equipment. The Fairmont-operated restaurant at the clubhouse (formerly known as The Grill) is introducing Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval. Serving chef specialties with a Pan Latin flair overlooking the 18th green, the restaurant will have a suviche bar (sushi and ceviche), wok dishes, small plates for sharing, grilled entrees and the Valley's largest selection of 105 different rums, plus sugar cane spirits and Latin wines, live music on weekends and Sunday brunch. Locker rooms for men and women include spacious changing areas, shoe service and showers. Directly in front of the clubhouse rests the "Wall of Champions" - which lists the names of past winners of the Phoenix Open. A huge grass range is complimented by an expansive short game area with putting green and chipping/pitching area,complete with sand bunkers. The TPC works with the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and also affords luxury stays at Zona Hotel & Suites and the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains - click here for stay and play package information 

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Numerous accolades awarded to the TPC Stadium facility include: 4 1/2 star award from Golf Digest Places to Play; Golf Digest "Top 75 Resorts in America"; Conde Naste's "Top 50 Golf resorts in America" and "Top 100 Golf resorts in the World"; Golf World Business "Top 100 Golf shops in America" (16 out of the last 17 years); and certification by the Audubon Society as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for the ninth straight year. With vistas like the ones featured here, it is no wonder that professionals and amateurs alike consider this to be one of Arizona's top golf destination properties. 

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The TPC has taken steps to help all levels of players enjoy their round on this beautiful course. Golfers will have little trouble with club selection, as the cart paths provide measurements every 25 yards from 200 out on par fours and 250 away on par fives. 150 yard stakes double as directional devices, and there is no shortage of sprinkler heads which provide measurements to the front, middle and back of the greens. Each tee area is marked, which is particularly helpful on the challenging par threes, and daily pin placement info is provided. It is important to pay attention to the day's hole locations, as the quick Bermuda greens are often oversized. The putting surfaces are only mildly undulating, but frequently provide subtle slopes. At 7261 yards and 142 slope, only scratch golfers should attempt to play from the tips. The 3 alternate sets afford novices and skilled players alike with an opportunity for a challenging yet enjoyable round, measuring 6614 yards/132 slope, 6110 yards/121 slope for men and 141 for women, and 5464 yards with a slope of 122 for ladies playing from the red tees.

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The opening hole invites a drive that approaches the desert area which crosses the fairway about 110 yards away. The slightly uphill approach plays to a long green, which will result in some long lag putts for shots landing long or short of the flag. The fairway on two slopes downward past the right fairway bunkers, providing some extra roll for longer hitters. With a huge bunker complex guarding the right side, an approach to the left center is the recommended play. The wide fairway on three slopes left to right with fairway traps left off the tee and along the right from 150 in. The short par three 4th demands a short desert carry, to a green complex defined by sand traps and mounding. Miss here and the up and down will be a challenge. You can check out some of the facilities of the Fairmont Scottsdale in the background, which is merely a wedge away. Number five features a generous fairway, although out of bounds runs the length of the hole on the right. Fairway traps also come into play in the landing zone on that side, and a desert wash crosses diagonally from left to right past the 80 yard marker. The par four 6th doglegs to the left with an advantageous landing area just right of the left fairway traps. The green complex is creates a challenging approach, as bunkers lurk on both sides - great mountain views here. There is plenty of room for error around the 7th green, especially short - as the area just in front is void of bunkers. The par four 8th plays long - average players that choose the blue tees may lament their decision here, as it measures 445 yards along an undulating fairway that slopes to the left. The approach is quite simple however, with entry from the left the preferable play. The closing hole on the front presents a generous fairway that leads to a wide green protected in front by a menacing pot bunker - avoid it and a good score is possible.

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The TPC obviously affords a wonderful golfing environment. If playing, we recommend you arrive early to take advantage of some of the best practice facilities available anywhere.. .and also stay for lunch or dinner. Individual and group lessons can be arranged with on property Golf Schools and instructors. Being named as one of the Top 3 golf facilities in Arizona for excellent service, the TPC is also the perfect place for tournaments and outings. For more information, visit our page for the Stadium Course on our Arizona Golf course listing section by clicking here.  A link to their web site is featured on this informational page.

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Photos in this review were provided by TPC Scottsdale.

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