It’s that time of the year again. Time for the streets of Scottsdale to be clogged with the overflowing traffic caused by classic car auctions and a little golf event known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Now, if you’ve never been to the Phoenix Open, you probably don’t understand it. Sure, there’s golf being played, but it’s oh so much more than that. For an entire week, the TPC Scottsdale is taken over by golf fans and those just looking to have a good time. It’s arguably our favorite drinking event of the year, and certainly the one we look forward to when warming up from what passes as winter in Phoenix.
Here are 10 reasons you need to go to the Phoenix Open at least once. The 2016 edition of the tournament takes place from February 1 to 8, with the primary event taking place February 4 through 7.
Golf tournaments aren’t usually this fun.
If you’re not into baseball, a Diamondbacks game isn’t a great place to find yourself. The nice thing about the Phoenix Open is that it’s as much of a social event as a sporting event, so you don’t even have to like golf to go and enjoy it.
Why not pregame the Super Bowl?
All right, so the Cardinals aren’t playing that Sunday, but we know you’ll still be getting hammered and cheering for Brock Osweiler (Sun Devil pride!) to come off the bench and beat the Panthers. Think of the Open as a warmup for your liver’s duties on Super Bowl Sunday.
Everyone seems to give away tickets.
Seriously, it seems like every company and group of any size gets tickets to give away. If your job doesn’t have any, ask your friends with corporate jobs. If not, they start at $30 through the event's website and can usually be found cheaper through other outlets.
Drinking with old people can be fun.
You’re used to pounding beers with other people around your age, but how often do you get the privilege of taking shots with folks your (grand)parents’ age? You’ll be drunk, they might be a little drunk, and you could gain a whole new worldview from a random old stranger. Then you can go back to hating them for clogging up restaurants and freeways as soon as you leave.
Maybe it’ll help you talk to your dad — or your significant other's dad.
Continuing on the old folks theme, many elderly gentlemen love golf. It’s just something in their DNA. If you see one guy hit a ball at the Phoenix Open, that’s more live golf than they’ll have expected you to see.
There are always noteworthy bands at the Birds Nest.
This year, it’s Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, and Robin Thicke. It might not exactly be a Coachella lineup, but it’s better than we’d expect for what generally ends up feeling like a giant frat party for grownups in a warehouse.