Beyond the 16th at TPC Scottsdale: Photos of our favorite par 3s in Phoenix-Scottsdale

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale has a true Stadium-style par 3: The epic 16th hole. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
When the grandstands come down, here's what the 16th hole looks like at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course. (Courtesy of TPC Scottsdale)
The 9th tee at Quintero Golf Club heads steeply downhill. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
In the heart of Scottsdale, Ariz., the Tom Fazio-designed Raptor Course at Grayhawk features the showy desert par-3 eighth hole. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The 15th hole is the longest of the par 3s on the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The prettiest hole at Devil's Claw at Whirlwind Golf Club is the par-3 seventh. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Many consider par-3 17th at the SunRidge Canyon, part of the "Wicked 6," the signature hole. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
From the third tee of the Founders Course at Verrado Golf Club, you can see all the way to downtown Phoenix. (Wes Gilbertson/Golf Advisor)
The par-3 seventh hole at the Raven Golf Club - Phoenix features a green protected by water and bunkers on the left side. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
"McDowell's Vista," the par-3 8th hole of the Pinnacle Course at Troon North is slightly uphill. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
McDowell Mountain Golf Club's par-3 17th hole is a long shot over water. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-3 15th on the Gold shares a lake with the par-3 16th on The Wigwam resort's Patriot Course. (Courtesy of The Wigwam)
The short, par-3 eighth hole on the Desert nine at the Phoenician Resort is fun and scenic. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
The 7th hole at Boulders Resort's South Course is surrounded by lush desert and rock formations. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)

The 16th hole on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale is certainly one of the greatest spectacles in tournament golf, perhaps with only the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the same league. When the bleachers come down, it's still a fine hole with plenty of drama. It's certainly not a long shot, usually just a short-iron or wedge, but can still cause some nerves.

The Phoenix-Scottsdale area has over 200 courses, and many of them have excellent par 3s that are among the most memorable holes in the valley. We've compiled a sample of some of the best you can play, from Troon North to We-Ko-Pa and many more. Even some of the more affordable courses in town offer drama-filled par 3s. Check out the slideshow above, and tweet us your favorite par 3s in Scottdsale @GolfAdvisor or use #LivingtheGreen on Instagram.


Feb 02, 2017

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.

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