Waste Management Phoenix Open

1421 Research Park Drive • Lawrence, KS 66049-3859 • 800472-7878 • www.gcsaa.org
2005 FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC
Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.; 2006-2014
Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale,
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Previous tournaments hosted by facility:
1988-2014 Phoenix Open; 2009, 2011,
2013 Champions Tour Q-School Final
Tournament Fact Sheet
PGA Tour
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2015
TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course)
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Golf Course Management
Director of Golf Course
Course statistics
Average tee size: 3,500 sq. ft.
Tournament Stimpmeter: 12.6-13 ft.
Average green size: 6,350 sq. ft.
Soil conditions on the course: Silt/clay
Green construction soil mix:
USGA (sand 90%, peat 10%)
Rounds per year: 45,000
Acres of fairway: 28
Source of water: Effluent water
Drainage conditions: Fair
Sand bunkers: 65
Water hazards: 5
Jeff Plotts
Availability to media:
Contact Jeff Plotts by phone 480-585-6734; cell
phone 602-501-9366; or email
[email protected]
Twitter: @AZTurfDawg
Blog: www.tpcscottsdaleagronomy.com
B.S., Horticulture Science, University of
Georgia, Athens, Ga., 1988
Age: 49
Native hometown:
Atlanta, Ga.
Years as a GCSAA member: 21
GCSAA affiliated chapter:
Cactus and Pine Golf Course
Superintendents Association
Years at this course: 9
Number of employees: 62
Number of tournament volunteers: 25
Previous positions:
2002-2005, Director of Golf Course
Maintenance, TPC Southwind,
Memphis, Tenn.; 2001-2002, Golf
Course Superintendent/Project
Manager, Bear's Best of Atlanta,
Suwanee, Ga.; 1997-2001, Golf Course
Superintendent, Eagle's Landing
Country Club, Stockbridge, Ga.
Previous tournament preparation:
1997-2001 Chick-fil-A, Eagle's Landing
Country Club, Stockbridge, Ga.; 2002-
Championship ratings
Rating Slope
Course characteristics
Primary Grasses
ryegrass; fine
ryegrass; fine
Velvet bentgrass;
Poa trivialis
ryegrass; fine
Height of
TPC Scottsdale is an Audubon Certified
Cooperative Sanctuary. The ACSP is an
education and certification program that helps
golf courses protect the environment and
preserve the natural heritage of the game of
Jeff Plotts, GCSAA Class A Director of Golf
Course Maintenance at TPC Scottsdale, is a
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 GCSAA/Golf
Digest Environmental Leaders In Golf Awards
(ELGA) winner.
The large area between holes and fairways are
considered desert. These desert areas contain
plants that are from the surrounding desert
ecosystems. Native plants throughout the
desert areas consist of ironwoods, brittle bush,
hackberry, barrel cactus, cholla, shuporosa,
saguaro, hedgehog cactus, palo verde,
bursage, jojoba, creosote and sonoran
wildflowers, to name a few.
Water conservation, management and/or
TPC Scottsdale is a flood control basin for the
Central Arizona Project (CAP). The facility is
100 percent contained and does not allow any
run-off to neighboring properties, which could
complicate salt management strategies in the
arid southwest desert.
soil structure, terrain and evapotranspiration are
also taken into consideration to determine
watering cycles. Hand watering is also used to
help subsidize areas that dry out more quickly.
All of these techniques and systems have
allowed the club to use 12.13 percent less
irrigation water throughout the year.
In an effort to conserve even more water, TPC
Scottsdale has eliminated all non-target
watering with the use of part circle watering
The use of native landscape plantings around
trees has enabled the club to reduce turfgrass
and water consumption. On-course water
treatments with n-control and pHairway gives
greater flexibility in managing high carbonate
and bicarbonate irrigation water. Injecting these
acid fertilizer water treatments has improved
the overall health of the turfgrass and allowed
the club to reduce overall water usage by more
than 34 acres per feet annually.
Two different turfgrass species are maintained
on the course during the year; one overseeded
cool-season turfgrass and one warm-season
base turfgrass. Heights of cut are increased
periodically to reduce turfgrass stress and water
Unusual wildlife on the course
Coyote; Bobcat; Groundhog; Rabbit
TPC Scottsdale's irrigation system includes two
pump stations and computer assisted
controllers. Each 3,200-head irrigation system,
on each course, is operated individually to allow
the superintendent precise control of irrigation
water application. Two pump stations allow the
club to water in a smaller watering window,
thereby reducing the amount of
evapotranspiration and water loss.
With on-site weather station and computer
control system, water management is based on
evapotranspiration rates and close daily
monitoring of soil moisture using probes,
moisture meters and in-ground moisture/salinity
sensors. The sensors are critical in water
management efforts, giving the club good
historical water measurements and salinity
readings, which help determine flush schedules
and regular watering practices. Infiltration rates,
Predominate species of trees on course:
Mesquite, Palo Verde, Ironwood
Interesting notes about the course:
The Stadium Course was originally constructed
specifically to host the Phoenix Open and
features spectator mounding that promises an
excellent view for galleries. The golf course
surroundings provide spectacular views of the
McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert. TPC
Scottsdale is managed by the PGA Tour for the
facility owner City of Scottsdale and land
owner Bureau of Reclamation, making this a
dynamic and unique partnership.
No. 13, a 585-yard, par-5 has a famous boulder
in the desert that was moved by strong
spectators for Tiger Woods during the final
round of the 1999 Phoenix Open when his drive
came to rest behind the boulder. The par-5 No.
15 is the signature hole on the Stadium Course.
The dramatic, 565-yard hole is reachable for
the players in two. Water along the left of the
hole comes into play off the tee and requires a
precision second shot to the island green.
Scores range from two to eight, making this
hole pivotal and exciting to the spectator and
important hole to claiming the championship.
The short par-3, 168-yard No. 16 attracts over
20,000 wild golf fans daily during the
tournament rounds. This is the first hole in golf
the is totally surrounded by bleachers and
skyboxes making it feel like a Greek Coliseum
during the event. The hole is known as the
"most exciting hole in golf" and will always be
remembered as the site of Tiger Woods' hole in
one in 1998.
The 335-yard, par-4 No. 17 is a drivable hole
the will be remembered for the first hole in one
on a par four during a PGA TOUR event by
Andrew Magee during the 2001 Phoenix Open.
Significant changes recently made to the
The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale closed
in April of 2014 to undergo a major renovation
which included new irrigation, resurfacing of
greens including new green locations at No. 2,
No. 3, No. 4 and No. 14, bunker construction
and tee construction. Landscaping and
irrigation were also enhanced during the
Course architect/date:
Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, 1988
Most recent redesign or renovation/date:
Tom Weiskopf, 2014
Renovation builder/date:
Landscapes Unlimited, 2014
Other key course management
Brandon Reese, GCSAA Class A Golf
Course Superintendent
Jay Paul Wade, GCSAA Member Assistant
Josh Minson, GCSAA Member Assistant
Julio Riojas, GCSAA Member Assistant
Nick von Weigen, GCSAA Member Assistant
Lisa Guinivan, Administrative Assistant
Jerry Huseman, Equipment Manager
Brad Williams, Club Manager/Director of Golf
Doug Hodge, PGA Professional
City of Scottsdale / Bureau of Reclamation /
PGA Tour Properites, Club Owner
Cal Roth, Sr. Vice President, PGA Tour
Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has
as its focus golf course management. Since
1926, GCSAA has been the top professional
association for the men and women who
manage golf courses in the United States and
worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence,
Kan., the association provides education,
information and representation to nearly 18,000
members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's
mission is to serve its members, advance their
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scholarships for the benefit of golf course
management professionals, golf facilities and
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Communications Department at 800-472-7878.
Craig Smith
Director of Communications and Media
Phone: 785-832-4431
Cell: 785-691-9197
Email: [email protected]
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