TPC Scottsdale’s iconic 16th hole now has its own logo design

The only hole in golf that is now a brand.

Yep, you read that headline right. The famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, known for its stadium atmospheres and loud crowds now has its own logo design.

The logo shows what appears to be a stadium wrapping around the number 16. A fun, clever way to show off one of the most exciting holes in all of golf and it would be perfect to paste on fan gear.

No doubt that the thousands upon thousands (many whom are Arizona State students/fans) of people who attend the tournament, would love to get their hands on some merchandise if they could. It would almost be a like a student section of a college stadium, as many people wear matching colors, in this case, blue and white, the logo’s colors.



Overall, I love this idea because helps promote one of the coolest holes in the sport, and in a world where fans want to see more fast-paced action and loud crowds, the 16th hole is more important now than ever. It’s the official golf hole of the sports fan, and now, its value has a great chance to rise, thanks to this sweet logo.

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PGA Tour Takes Fun Out of TPC Scottsdale’s Hole 16

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Oh no….one of your favorite holes in golf is getting rid of one of its signature features thanks to the PGA Tour. The world famous hole 16 at TPC Scottsdale that is.

 

According to my man Michael Collins of ESPN.com, the PGA Tour released a notice that basically states that players and caddies can no longer throw or kick things into the crowd. This is a bad move by the PGA Tour as this was one of the signature things about the Waste Management Open.

 

The purpose is because they want to keep the fans “safe”.

 

It’s taking the fun out of the event. They already got rid of caddie races and now they get rid of one of the best things of the event.

 

This is a problem and will NOT fare well with fans. This was the ultimate way where fans, players and caddies could interact with each other.

 

It also made the players get a little loose and show their fun side instead of their cookie cutter face.  You’re taking a sport that’s already widely considered extremely boring and making it even more boring.

 

The 16th hole at Scottsdale is not only a well designed hole that challenges players of all skills but the crowd is not only one of the best in golf but in sports. It’s the one hole that makes the Waste Management Open a premier event each year.

 

Michael Collins made a great point in his piece that he was spot on with. He wrote in his article that if you’re worried about fans “safety” then you should eliminate ALCOHOL.

 

He is so right about that. If anything’s going to get someone hurt or killed, it’s all of the alcohol that the fans consume. And you’re worried about players and caddies throwing things into the crowd? Makes less than zero sense.

 

I think the PGA Tour is a wonderful organization and has raised more money for charity than all of the four major sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL) combined. However, you can’t grow the game if you take away the the aspects that help make it fun.

 

The 16th at Scottsdale has always been one of my favorite holes in the world because of its stadium like atmosphere. I’m not a big rowdy, party person or anything but it’s just such a great hole to watch guys play on and would be a fun experience to check out.

 

I’m not even a big desert course guy either but TPC Scottsdale is really one of the iconic desert course and it’s practically alone because of the 16th hole. The anticipation as you arrive to the 16th hole has to be an unbelievable feeling as well, especially if you’re  a player or caddie.

 

Even if it’s just a regular round with your friends or by yourself, playing the 16th hole has to be breathtaking. Although the crowd isn’t around like during the Waste Management, you can still feel the crowd as you look around the hole.

 

There’s no doubt, if you tee it up on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, you’ll probably get chills going down your spine as you stare down the hole. The PGA Tour is trying to take the magic away unfortunately.

 

Well, at least we can still enjoy the pleasures of the wild crowd reactions to great shots. It just sucks that a great tradition is getting taken away.

 

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Credit: Michael Collins, ESPN.com

 

 

 


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You’re Not Going to Believe How Many Fans Were at the Phoenix Open on Saturday

Look at that thing! The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale

Look at that thing! The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale

As we know, the Phoenix Open is the tournament that has the king of crowds in golf and has been a hot spot for a long time (literally). The obvious attraction and one of the best holes in all of golf, the par-3 16th stadium hole looks just like…well, a stadium and has been a proud notification that the sport of golf which many consider boring (You’re crazy dawg), can have some of the best crowds in sports. Well, guess what the attendance was on Saturday’s round? 189,722. That’s right, 189,722 according to PGATour.com courtesy of GolfRumours.com. That’s a Tour record for attendance and you it’s very possible that can get topped next year with all of the loaded talent on today’s PGA Tour. Arizona State Sun Devil fans have been a huge reason why the attendance has been so great at the Phoenix Open over the years especially at the famous 16th hole. The atmosphere at the 16th hole has long been described as a college football atmosphere and it is and with the corny celebrations the golfers do, it just adds to how great that hole is.

I guess the question is, where does TPC Scottsdale or maybe even just the 16th hole alone rank as one of the loudest venues in all of sports? Obviously, it wouldn’t be a top 10 choice especially when you got the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs stadiums as well as a lot of the loud college stadiums like Oregon football’s Autzen Stadium or Duke basketball’s Cameron Indoor Stadium but there’s no doubt in my mind that it deserves to be a top 50 at worst. I’d bump it up to top 20 (Maybe 19 or 18th) even because when that place is loud, it’s LOUD. Augusta National can have some loud crowds itself but TPC Scottsdale’s crowds make Augusta’s look like there’s no crowd at all so you know how loud that is. Oh, and if a player hits a hole in one on the 16th then you can forget about it, you won’t even be able to hear yourself think. Loud crowds are a huge reason that we love sports and for a venue like Scottsdale to bring all of that excitement to golf is just oh so sweet.If you have any memories or anything you want to discuss about the Phoenix Open and the legendary TPC Scottsdale, then please leave a comment or shoot me an email at colinm5598@yahoo.com!

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