Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Phoenix Open (aka golf party in the desert)

By Sheila

The last day of the party, uh I mean golf tournament
Well , we've done it again. It's that time of year in Arizona where we start to strut our stuff. People who live in cold climates are starting to yearn for a little sunshine, and those of us that have it in spades, like to flaunt it. The kick-off for the season is the Barrett -Jackson Collector Car auction which you may have read about in Heather's recent post.

Next up is the Phoenix Open, which in my assessment is really a fashion show and crazy party which has golf going on in the background. Phil Mickelson and my Dad may not agree. I don't much like mob scenes and there are very few things in life that I am willing to stand in line for, but I do enjoy a day at the TPC in January/February to watch the freak show and see a little golf on the side.
Real life golfers - definitely in the minority at this event
There are the serious golf fans, the wannabes, the "boobs-on-a-stick" (it is in Scottsdale, after all), and the frat boys. There are snowbirds (white legs, black socks, shorts), families, and the beautiful people. The charitable organizations, families, the rich and famous, and the rest of us. All in all, it makes for a very entertaining crowd, with lots of fashion risks being flaunted. From excessive cleavage, crazy cotumes, and too-short skirts, there is a never-ending source of entertainment. Kinda sounds like Toby Keith's Bar.... Glamour magazine's editorial staff would have a field day with the "do's" and "don'ts". Lots of black bars across the eyes here, if you know what I mean.
A view of the stands at the 16th hole; gets a little rowdy in here!

My husband has an inside track as the local rep for a highly sought after beverage alcohol. This in itself opens a lot of doors, but as a sponsor for many premier events we have been spoiled over the years. It is kind of nice to get VIP passes to the places that have free food, drink, and even more important; the highly coveted VIP parking pass. He also gives out free cool stuff, like guitars, shirts, hats and the occasional cocktail. Let's just say he makes friends easily. All in all, it's not a bad way to while away an afternoon.

Welcome to the desert; Thanks to the Tournament Players Club for hosting this event yet again.


  1. Always a fun event and so glad Phil won, he is a reall Phoenix favorite. Hugs, Marty

  2. Wow this looks like lots of fun!!!the course looks so beautiful!!

  3. What a great way to spend an afternoon! It may not be your cup of tea but you, having VIP passes, still have the reason to enjoy that sunny afternoon. Golf is an amazing sport, you just have to be a little bit patient about how the game flows. Haha!