The 16th hole at the TPC of Scottsdale, arguably the best party hole in golf, is about to get on even more peoples A list.
The details, The Golf Channel has learned, are as follows:
At the 2006 FBR Open there were 90 corporate skyboxes on the par-3 16th. That number will increase by 40 per cent for the 2007 FBR Open that will be played in early February.
In other words there will now be 126 skyboxes at No. 16, an increase of 36. Moreover, all 126 are already sold for next years event.
The rates vary, but the bottom line is that one hole will bring in approximately $5 million in skybox revenues next year. Eighteen of those skyboxes will be built over the general public skyboxes (up the left side if you are standing on the tee.) And eight more are being built on the second floor penthouse behind the tee.Ten more are going up next to the green.
Tiger Woods famously aced the 162-yard 16th way back in 1997 and set off roar that many still insist was the highest single decibel level ever produced on a golf course.
The 16th is sandwiched between a reachable par-5, the 15th, and a drivable par-4, the 17th at the TPC of Scottsdale.
If the PGA of America ever wanted to guarantee a home course advantage for the U.S. squad in the Ryder Cup, it would name the TPC of Scottsdale as its next available venue. The tenets of sportsmanship might get a little blurred. But the entertainment value would skyrocket.
The player reaction to the celebrations'some in good taste, some not'at the 16th have always been mixed. My take is that whereas I might not want a steady diet of this sort of thing, Im good with it in selected venues. And the TPC of Scottsdale is perhaps the most select venue of all when it comes to all things raucous.
You might not want to be da man when you get to the 16th hole of a round of golf on the PGA TOUR. At the TPC of Scottsdale you dont have a choice.
And besides, watching a Tour pro get his feet held to the fire, once in a while, by the gallery isnt the worst thing in the world now is it?
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