Fridays Around Phoenix is an ongoing series here on The Phoenix Real Estate Blog.  It was created to fit within our Things To Do Around Phoenix category, to showcase all the places and events we love about the Phoenix area.  Whether you’re a snowbird, an Arizona native like my wife, an out-of-stater wanting to visit Phoenix, or none of the above, I hope you’ll join us each Friday for a new installment of Fridays Around Phoenix.

I’m not sure what they’re calling it these days – Phoenix Open, FBR Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Greatest Show on Grass – but whatever it is, it’s almost here!!

Taking place at the TPC (Tournament Players Club) Scottsdale for the 24th consecutive year, this year’s main event starts on Thursday, February 3rd at 7:30am and concludes with the fourth round of play beginning on Sunday, February 6th at 9:30am.  The most popular day of the tournament, historically, is Saturday.  It was on a Saturday in 2008 that the Open set the PGA Tour’s single-day record with 170,802 fans in attendance.  So, if you’re planning to join the party this year, buy your tickets now and get there early!

Did you say party?  I thought this was a golf tournament.

The TPC Scottsdale is generally considered the most fan-friendly venue on the PGA Tour, consistently attracting the largest galleries of any golf tournament in the world.  Why?  To name a few reasons: concerts including Doobie Brothers and OAR, the Birds Nest, and VIP packages including complimentary food and beverages.

You may also witness history in the making.  Past professional golfers who have won the Phoenix Open include Hall of Famers Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, and Vijay Singh.  Future Hall of Famer, Phil Mickelson, also took First Place in 2005 with a second round score of 60.  If you don’t know why that’s impressive, don’t worry, most Phoenix Open attendees don’t.

If, for no other reason, check out the Phoenix Open this year for great people watching, breathtaking views of North Scottsdale, and a relaxing day of eating and drinking outdoors in our trademark 70 degree weather.

Speaking of our beautiful, winter weather, it’s also a great time of year to buy a home in the Phoenix area.  If you’re looking for something to do in between rounds of golf, give me a call.

What: Phoenix Open 2011
Where: TPC Scottsdale
How: 888.400.4001