Lemonade from Lemons: A Positive Outcome from an Unfortunate Event

The story of the 2024 WM Phoenix Open has been widely written about and discussed, even to the point of being an international story. The notorious “golf party”, easily the most eventful PGA tour event of the year, got entirely out of control this year with quite a few attendees getting out of control with an abnormally high number of … Read More

More Fallout from Phoenix Open: An Incredible Burden on Public Safety

Nearly everyone in the Scottsdale area now knows what could easily be called the “The Phoenix Open Debacle of 2024”, when the regularly ribaldrous affair went a few steps too far with the debauchery. Fights, overt drunkenness, and even someone falling off of a balcony were the result (read our coverage here). Details have slipped in regarding how potentially problematic … Read More

Is the Phoenix Open Too Much of a Drain on Public Resources?

The WM Phoenix Open recently made headlines around the world as the golf tournament known for a touch of rowdiness and bacchanalia went overboard this year. While the overboard partying that this year was known for is difficult to quantify, we did recently hear of a piece of data that has us rethinking the Open in a very real way. … Read More

The WM Phoenix Open Needs Both Fixing and Defending

You almost certainly have heard the news; heck, it made international headlines…our shining crown jewel of a golf tournament, the PGA “party of the year”, got out of hand this year. A woman fell out of the bleachers, numerous fights broke out in the stands, people rushing in without tickets; in short, it was messy. The Party of the Year … Read More

Guest Editorial: Why Golf Courses Don’t Deserve Your Blame for the Water Crisis

By Tim Peeler As most people know, Arizona and the rest of the Southwest have been experiencing water shortages for quite some time now. The long-standing drought has obviously brought some major problems to the region which will require collaboration from experts in various fields to solve. Because I am not an expert, I will not be attempting to solve … Read More

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is About to Get Even Wilder: With Sports Betting

By Ronald Sampson We all know the reputation of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the biggest golf event in Arizona every year: wild, raucous, salacious, and whatever other adjective you’d use to describe an excellent party. And now, they’re about to turn the volume up to 11…with sports betting. The Scottsdale City Council, in conjunction with the Tournament Player’s Club … Read More

Upscale Mini Golf Coming to Scottsdale

          “Upscale” and “mini golf” are typically not words that you would find in the same sentence, but if you were to put them together, doing so in Scottsdale would make all the sense in the world. Now we won’t have to wait much longer for this to come to reality. Puttshack, the world’s first self-described … Read More