I once had a person who worked at TPC Scottsdale say many first-time players would walk off the Stadium Course a tad disappointed. The reason? The infamous 16th, known by many as the most exciting hole in golf thanks to the stadium atmosphere during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, falls short of expectation. Which is understandable: the hole is barely recognisable from television without 30,000 delirious fans encircling its boundaries.
But don’t take our word for it. The US PGA Tour’s Twitter account released a time-lapse video of the 16th hole’s construction for this week’s event, and though it’s only 20-odd seconds, the clip is breathtaking:
The stage is set.
It's almost time. pic.twitter.com/8jVfsdxZeE
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 30, 2017
Makes you wonder how exciting your local pitch-and-putt could become with a few extra spectators, doesn’t it?