9 Ways the Phoenix Open Changed Golf

The Phoenix Open 18th Hole by Amanda Wills

The quiet before the storm: The Phoenix Open is the highest-attended golf tournament on the PGA Tour, drawing in a crowd of more than 500,000. Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911

The PGA Tour isn’t known for its eco-friendly efforts. In fact, the game of golf in and of itself is a resource-intensive sport. The average 18-hole course covers 125-150 acres of land, all of which has to be maintained. Tack on a tournament or two, and that course’s footprint skyrockets.

The Phoenix Open is the highest-attended tournament on the tour, with a tally that totals to more than 500,000 people. Smack dab in the middle of a desert, water usage and waste production is a major concern. As title sponsor, Waste Management is determined to make it the No. 1 greenest tournament on the tour.

Earth911 got a VIP tour of the course before the tournament started on Thursday. Here’s the “front nine” of the greenest show on grass.

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