Every year, the game of golf showcases numerous iconic holes and venues that mark the calendar.
From Amen Corner at Augusta to the Bear Trap at PGA National and the island green at TPC Sawgrass, each holds its own allure.
Yet, none quite compare to the electric atmosphere of the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the annual Waste Management Open.
Renowned for its lively ambiance, the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale has earned the course the moniker “The Stadium Course” due to its unique setup. Capable of accommodating up to 20,000 spectators at once, the hole often sees thousands of enthusiastic fans, including numerous students from nearby Arizona State University.
However, this isn’t your typical golf experience. The fans here are known for their exuberance, creating a raucous environment where they’re unafraid to voice their opinions on players’ shots. Notably, last year’s event even featured a Post Malone concert at the hole.
Unfortunately, on Saturday, the festivities in Scottsdale crossed a line. The rowdiness escalated to the point where local police were forced to close the gates to the course, denying entry even to fans with tickets. To further mitigate the situation, all alcohol sales were abruptly halted.
Golf influencer Paige Spiranac shared a video capturing one fan’s over-the-top antics, as they ran onto the course and performed a somersault into a greenside bunker.
While the 16th hole at Scottsdale holds a special place in golf lore, incidents like these may prompt the course or the PGA to reconsider regulations. Despite the desire to maintain its unique atmosphere, there must be a balance struck to ensure the safety and professionalism of the event, particularly for the players tasked with performing amidst the chaos.