WM Phoenix Open FAQ's


Know Before You Go

A PGA TOUR fan guide for everyone attending the 2021 WM Phoenix Open. CLICK HERE.


Alcohol Policy

No alcoholic beverages may be brought onto or taken from the Tournament grounds.

All fans purchasing alcohol, who appear to be less than 30 years old, must present a valid ID.

No alcohol will be served to guests who appear intoxicated.

There will be a two (2) drink limit per transaction.



NO Pets except for service animals.

Bag Search

For security purposes, you consent to the reasonable inspection of your person and property before entering the Tournament, which may include metal detection.

Fans are encouraged to limit the number of items they bring with them to the Tournament. They will be allowed to carry one (1) of the following style and size bag, package, or container:

• Bags that are clear plastic or clear vinyl and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag

• Purses, bags, or clutches no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”

Prohibited bags include but are not limited to: large purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, luggage of any kind, computer bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

See full list of prohibited items HERE.

This policy is not intended to interfere with guests attending with specific medical needs or guests caring for young children.

No bag check or locker services will be available. Patrons will be asked to return any prohibited items to their vehicle.


Banners & Signs

NO Signs or Banners are allowed at the Tournament.


Bottles, Cans & Beverage Containers

NO Alcoholic Beverages may enter or leave the Tournament.

NO outside Food or Beverages may enter the Tournament except for sealed bottled water and medical or infant needs.

NO Plastic, Metal, or Glass Cups, Cans or Containers of any kind except for medical or infant needs.

NO Coolers of any kind.



No standalone photo or video cameras (outside of mobile devices) on competition days. Photo and video cameras are allowed practice days only (prior to Thursday of Tournament week).


Cell Phones

Mobile phones are allowed at the Tournament  but must comply with the following PGA TOUR Mobile Device Policy guidelines:

  • Devices must be on silent at all times; flash may not be used.
  • Devices may be used to capture video, audio and photos (content) in all areas throughout tournament week.
  • Content may be used for personal purposes (e.g., personal social media); no commercial use.
  • No live streaming or real-time coverage (e.g., no shot-by-shot coverage).
  • Data use (e.g., texting) is permitted in all areas throughout tournament week.
  • Phone calls are allowed only in designated areas.
  • Please be respectful of play and do not interfere with players, caddies or media.
  • All posted signage and instructions from tournament staff must be observed.
  • Failure to comply with this policy may result in the revocation of your ticket.
Children’s Tickets

One wristband or ticket per person. Every guest will need a wristband or ticket to be permitted onto Tournament grounds and into hospitality venues, including children.


Clear Bag Policy

Clear Tote Bags, plastic, vinyl, or other carry items larger than 12”x 6”x 12” will NOT be permitted.


Dress Code

Face coverings are required at all times except when actively eating and drinking

Check The Weather

Check the weather forecast before you visit the Waste Management Phoenix Open and dress appropriately. Expect cool mornings and sunny afternoons, so dressing in layers is the best idea.

Must-Have Items: Sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes and binoculars

Face Covering Requirement

Face coverings are required at all times except when actively eating and drinking.

Fan Code of Conduct

Face coverings are required at all times except when actively eating and drinking

Golf Etiquette 101

Spectators will be subject to expulsion and the loss of ticket privileges for the following breaches of etiquette:

Making rude, vulgar, or other inappropriate comments or gesture.

Verbal or physical harassment of players, volunteers, officials, or spectators

Distracting a player or any disruption of play, behavior that is unruly, disruptive, unsafe, or illegal in nature

Failing to follow the instruction of a championship official, volunteer, or security personnel.

Have A Plan

There are basically two ways to watch a golf tournament. “Parade Style” is where you pick a spot and watch the field pass by or “Cross-Country Style” is where you follow a particular player or group around the course.

Arrive Early

Arrive early to reserve a spot, especially if you plan on watching the tournament “Parade Style.” On Thursday and Friday, groups are simultaneously started on the first and tenth holes. Most people watch the action on the back nine holes which may give you the opportunity to get a better view of the players on the front nine.


Due to social distancing and safety requirements, autographs are not allowed at the 2021 WMPO.

Inclement Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Policy

Spectators will be alerted to weather that tournament officials identify as potentially dangerous. Weather warnings will be broadcast on the electronic leader boards that are located throughout the golf course. Spectators should take appropriate precautions upon observing any weather warnings and avoid hilltops/high places, golf carts, isolated trees and wire fences.

A prolonged blast on an air horn, repeated once, will indicate that tournament play has been suspended, all attendees should seek safe shelter immediately. Two short blast of an air horn, repeated once, will indicate play has resumed.

Metal Detectors / Wanding Procedures

Everyone attending the Tournament is subject to search at the entrances and on the course at any time.

• Walk-through metal detectors will be used at each entrance gate for everyone including volunteers, spectators, working staff, media, etc.

• Everyone will be subject to thermal scanning upon entry

Prohibited Items & Behavior

Items that are prohibited from being brought into the tournament include:

Please review the full list of Prohibited items HERE.

Refer to list of Permissible Items HERE.

Any misconduct, illegal activity, intoxication, use of illegal substance, breaches of etiquette, disruptive behavior, heckling, or violation of any rule or instruction of Tournament representatives or violation of this license is prohibited and shall be grounds for forfeiture of your ticket and for your removal from the premises.

The sale or give-away of tournament tickets and badges at the tournament site is prohibited except by Thunderbirds.


NO Re-Entry is allowed at the Tournament


Smoking is allowed on Tournament grounds except where signage states it is prohibited.


ADA / Accessibility

Handicap parking is located in Lot 4 directly across from the Main Tournament Entrance. Your vehicle will need to display a handicap placard for entry.

Handicap seating area located on 18.

There will not be any scooters available to rent at the 2021 WMPO, please plan accordingly.


TPC Scottsdale

17020 North Hayden Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Between Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 Freeway (Pima Road), north of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Detailed maps are available in the “Course” or “Directions & Parking” sections of this website.


ATM’s are onsite — see Course Map for locations.

Bicycle and Motorcycle Parking

Fans riding bicycles to the Waste Management Phoenix Open can park and lock them at the City of Scottsdale pavilion in the park between Lots 3 and 4. Motorcycle riders without a parking pass should follow signs for public parking.



Concession stands are located throughout the tournament grounds. See map HERE.

Concessions are cashless.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card & American Express are accepted.

No one is permitted to consume food or beverage within 10 ft. of the rope line or the first two rows of seating at hospitality venues on or near the rope line.

Spectators can carry their food & beverage in-hand, but not actively consume.


Daily Pairings

How can I find out what time my favorite players tee off?

Daily pairings will be published in the daily newspaper sports sections and will also be posted on the PGATour.com website. Thursday and Friday pairings are determined before the tournament starts, with each golfer playing one day in the morning and the other day in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday pairings are based on a player’s score, with the leaders teeing off last.

Directions and Parking

Where do I park?

Click HERE for parking information and directions.

(NO shuttle access to the tournament gates)

Rideshare pick up is on Bell Rd near 82nd Street

Transportation Companies

Visit the Experience Scottsdale website for a complete list of transportation options.


Main Entrance is located off of Bell Rd., East of Greenway Hayden Loop

See Course Map for more details CLICK HERE.


A limited number of fans will be allowed onsite for the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open. 

Gate Opening Times

Gates open at 8am on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Gates open at 7am on Thursday and Friday.

16 and Clubhouse Venues open at 9am all days.

Know Before You Go

A PGA TOUR fan guide for everyone attending the 2021 WM Phoenix Open. CLICK HERE.

Players in the Field

Who is playing in this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open?

CLICK HERE to see the list of who is playing in the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The field will continually be updated through tournament week.


Pro-Am Events

Monday, February 1 – Carlisle Companies Pro-Am

No spectators will be allowed onsite Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 3 – Annexus Pro-Am

  • Many celebrities and others take part in the annual Annexus Pro-Am, which begins at 8:30 a.m.



Clubhouse Hospitality opens at 9:00 a.m.

16th Hole Hospitality opens at 9:00 a.m.

Every guest will need a wristband to be permitted into the hospitality venue, including children.

Television and Radio Broadcast

Will the Waste Management Phoenix Open be broadcast on TV or radio?

Yes, the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be broadcast nationally on television on GOLF (Thursday and Friday) and GOLF / NBC (Saturday and Sunday). In addition, the Waste Management Phoenix Open will also be broadcast on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (Thursday — Sunday).

2/4/2021 Thursday WM Phoenix Open 2021 1 1:00 PM MST 5:00 PM MST 4 hrs GOLF
2/5/2021 Friday WM Phoenix Open 2021 2 1:00 PM MST 5:00 PM MST 4 hrs GOLF
2/6/2021 Saturday WM Phoenix Open 2021 3 11:00 AM MST 1:00 PM MST 2 hrs GOLF
2/6/2021 Saturday WM Phoenix Open 2021 3 1:00 PM MST 4:00 PM MST 3 hrs NBC
2/7/2021 Sunday WM Phoenix Open 2021 4 11:00 AM MST 1:00 PM MST 2 hrs GOLF
2/7/2021 Sunday WM Phoenix Open 2021 4 1:00 PM MST 4:00 PM MST 3 hrs NBC


The Thunderbirds Organization

Who are The Thunderbirds?

The Thunderbirds began in 1937, when the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce expanded its role as a convention and tourism bureau. There was a need for a special events committee to venture into new fields. Five young executives were selected to lead the committee. The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce suggested that the committee become an “official” group and expand its membership. Each of the five then selected ten additional members to make up a committee of 55. The Thunderbird name was chosen because the emblem of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce was, and still is, a Thunderbird derived from American Indian symbols.

One of the early inductees was Bob Goldwater, an avid golfer. Goldwater thought it would be a great idea to sponsor a golf tournament. That first year, Goldwater sold the tickets, recruited volunteers and set up the golf course at the Phoenix Country Club. The Phoenix Open caught on, and in 79 years, has developed into one of the leading stops on the PGA TOUR. Goldwater was Tournament Chairman from 1934 through 1951 and is affectionately called the “Father of The Phoenix Open.” Active Thunderbird membership is limited to 55 members. Each has demonstrated a sincere interest in sports and a dedication to community affairs. All Thunderbird activities and events are the prime responsibility of these Active Thunderbirds and are under the watchful eye of the Big Chief and Thunderbird Council. When a Thunderbird reaches the age of 45, their status changes from Active to that of Life Member. Although they are relieved of continuous duties, the term “Never Life” was adopted in the early 2000’s as it is not unusual for Life Thunderbirds to remain very active at the tournament and other Thunderbird-sponsored events year-round. To date, there are nearly 350 members comprising The Thunderbirds organization.

How do I become a Thunderbird?

To become an active Thunderbird you must be nominated by at least two “Active Thunderbirds.” Nominated persons are then voted upon by the 55 “Active” members.

Who is “The Big Chief?

The Thunderbirds have elected Scott Jenkins as Big Chief (president) of their organization for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Who is the “Executive Director of The Thunderbirds?

Chance Cozby is the Executive Director of The Thunderbirds and is responsible for the general management of the Waste Management Phoenix Open as well as directing the day-to-day operations for The Thunderbirds. Cozby assumes the role of Executive Director after spending more than 20 years at PING, where he was responsible for player development, contract negotiations and management of the PING Worldwide Tour team. A member of The Thunderbirds since 2010, Cozby was the Tournament Chairman for the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open and Big Chief of The Thunderbirds and President of Thunderbirds Charities in 2020.

Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to support organizations that assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona.

How can I stay up to date on Thunderbirds Charities news?

You can check out our website by visiting thunderbirdscharities.org or view our Thunderbird Charities Annual Newsletter here!

Tournament Chairman

Who is the “2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman”?

Michael Golding

Who is the “2022 Assistant Tournament Chairman”?

Pat Williams


How do I volunteer at The Waste Management Phoenix Open?

Each and every year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open relies on thousands of volunteers and an abundance of community support to host a successful event. If you’d like to volunteer for the 2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open, please CLICK HERE.

Waste Management

Who is Waste Management?

Waste Management (NYSE: WM), based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. For more information, please visit Waste Management’s corporate web site at WM.com.

Where do I find a digital version of the 2021 Tournament Souvenir Program?

Please CLICK HERE for your digital version of the 2021 Wast Management Phoenix Open Souvenir Program.


Free Wi-Fi is available on Tournament grounds.

Will Call

There will not be a Will Call option available at the 2021 WMPO.

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