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January 29, 2020

What other golf holes warrant the TPC Scottsdale "stadium" experience?

In all due respect to TPC Scottsdale, only one hole comes to mind when conjuring images of the course. The vista at the 16th during the Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the more unique panoramas in golf, replacing the sport's normally reserved galleries with a crowd straight from an SEC football game. No other golf event comes close to duplicating the Scottsdale coliseum, making it, hands down, the tournament's signature hole.

But … what if golf tried to replicate Phoenix's stadium scene? We polled our editors for their thoughts on other holes warranting the amphitheater treatment; here are the nominations.

Northern Trust Open - Final Round

Northern Trust Open - Final Round

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Bubba Watson hits a tee shot on the 10th hole in the final round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club on February 16, 2014 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/US PGA TOUR)

Photo by: Chris Condon

Chris Condon

Riviera Country Club — 10th hole

When it comes to short par 4s on the PGA Tour, none test the mind quite like the 10th at Riviera, a hole where going for the green or laying up can yield equally disastrous results. Just ask Ryan Moore, who nearly made an ace on the 315-yard risk-reward par 4 in 2015 and ended up walking away with par after his ball took the green's nasty slope and rolled some 50 feet away in the collection area. Or Scott Piercy, who probably still has nightmares from his adventure at the 10th a few years ago. Imagine either of these situations going down with a stadium-like atmosphere around the green. The heckling could get out of control, but the potential eagle and hole-in-one scare roars would be well worth it. If the fans brought half the energy to the 10th that this rolling fan brought to the 18th at Riviera in 2012, then we've got something. — Christopher Powers


2020 RBC Heritage - 17th hole - Round Three

2020 RBC Heritage - 17th hole - Round Three

HILTON HEAD, SC - APRIL 14: Peter Malnati plays a shot from a bunker on the 17th hole during the third round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 14, 2018 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Photo by: (Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

(Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

Harbour Town Golf Links — 17th hole

The 13th hole, with its unique green design edged by a menacing bunker, gets the most attention among par 3s at this Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus strategic masterpiece. And the lighthouse and the 18th hole is most known among PGA Tour fans. But the par-3 17th features one of the more impressive greenside bunkers on tour: A 90-yard wide hazard that separates players from the lowcountry marsh and another uniquely designed green. Logistically, this would only work with a stadium atmosphere around the tee box. We could see this as a way to add a little added vibe to one of the most low-profile but cool tournaments of the year. --Stephen Hennessey

harbour town 17 green.jpg

harbour town 17 green.jpg


Trinity Forest eighth green.jpg

Trinity Forest eighth green.jpg

Courtesy of Trinity Forest

Photo by: Professional Event Photography

Professional Event Photography

Trinity Forest Golf Club — Eighth hole

The intriguing architectural undertaking that is Trinity Forest, which serves as the host of the AT&T Byron Nelson for a final time this year, provides a fun spectacle. One of the most fun holes to watch will be the par-3 eighth hole, which is short—in fact, incredibly short—by tour standards. The championship tee plays from 138 yards, and they can move the tees up to 110 or even 75 yards. It’s an incredibly interesting green with bumps and ridges that will reward a great strike, but a poor shot will be punished. Perched in the back corner of the property, a stadium-like atmosphere at Trinity Forest’s eighth hole would be wildly entertaining. How often do you get to see a tour pro play a short hole? Holes-in-one will be a real possibility—and on this Coore and Crenshaw course that will drive some pros crazy if they don’t embrace the ground game, and the bad bounce here and there—the eighth hole might be the most interesting to watch how tour pros will play it on the property. We can see the Dallas crowd embracing the stadium atmosphere, just miles away from Jerry's World. —SH


Travelers Championship - Round Two

Travelers Championship - Round Two

(Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Photo by: Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

TPC River Highlands — 15th hole

TPC River Highlands is undoubtedly, from the perspectives of both spectator and player, one of the most entertaining and enjoyable venues on tour. The 15th epitomizes this sentiment. Listed at 341 yards, this hole—depending on the box—can be reached from the tee. A mounded green, with a lake on the left and sand on the right, brings more bite than the scorecard says. And laying up is no easy matter, with deep rough, trees, and sand surrounding a narrow fairway. Only one eagle was made during the 2017 Travelers Championship, so you'd have to slightly tinker with the design to offer more reward. Nevertheless, given the respectable, yet spirited, crowd this event attracts, perhaps no venue is suited to replicating TPC Scottsdale's success. —Joel Beall


The Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide - Preview Day 2

The Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide - Preview Day 2

(Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Photo by: Keyur Khamar

Keyur Khamar

Muirfield Village Golf Club — 14th hole

Far be it from me to tell Jack Nicklaus—only the greatest golfer ever who has been a part of more than 400 course designs—how to set up a tournament. BUT, if I was the Golden Bear, I would move up the tee box on No. 14, which usually hovers around 340 yards, to entice more players to give it a go. The hole's configuration—guarded by a creek on the right, adjoined with bunkers on the left and deep rough—would still give many guys pause, yet the green is deep enough to receive its share of missiles. As evidenced on fall afternoons at the Ohio State's Horseshoe, Columbus can get rocking. He's hoping the Memorial sprinkles that spirit into Muirfield Village. —JB


Open Series Qualifying - The Greenbrier Classic

Open Series Qualifying - The Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - JULY 09: A general view of the 18th hole during the fourth and final round of The Greenbrier Classic held at The Old White TPC on July 9, 2017 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Michael Cohen/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: Michael Cohen/R&A

Michael Cohen/R&A

Greenbrier Resort's Old White TPC — 18th hole

Jim Justice has already done well to utilize a unique opportunity at Old White TPC's par-3 closing hole—such a rarity to end on a one-shotter on the PGA Tour. The West Virginia governor gives out cash for a hole-in-one at the 18th, which has created quite the atmosphere with money on the line. (In 2015, Justin Thomas and George McNeill both aced the hole on the same day, leading to an expensive day for Justice—handing out $192,400 to fans—$100 per fan for the first ace, $500 for the second.) If the Greenbrier added more of the same party elements that TPC Scottsdale did to its 16th hole, the fireworks could be tremendous. —SH


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