Kevin Stadler will defend his Waste Management Phoenix Open crown at a renovated TPC Scottsdale in 2015.
Now that the PGA Tour circus has vacated TPC Scottsdale for another year, the Stadium Course – home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – will get a serious facelift. The course was built 27 years ago by architects Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, and Weiskopf is handling the makeover.
Much of the work will focus on the green complexes – all the greens and tees will be resurfaced, six greens will be recontoured and three will even be repositioned. A total of 70 yards will be added to the course's length, the landscaping will be upgraded and the clubhouse will be renovated.
''TPC Scottsdale was part of former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman's vision for a chain of Tournament Players' Clubs,'' Weiskopf's manager Chris Roderick told Golf Course Architecture Magazine. ''The site was a retention basin for the city, and totally flat. It was very stark, and there was a shortage of cash for landscaping at the time, so it isn't as visually attractive as it might have been.”
Among the holes getting the least amount of attention are the 15th, the enclosed par-3 16th and the 17th. The lake and the green on the closing hole will remain the same, but Weiskopf plans to tuck the rough in closer to the left side of the fairway to make the fairway narrower.
The work is scheduled to be finished before the PGA Tour circus rolls back into town in early 2015.