FBR Open's 16th Hole to be First-Ever Fully-Encolsed Stadium Hole

Aerial View of the 16th Hole at TPC Scottsdale during the FBR OpenAlready one of the most recognizable venues on the PGA Tour, the 16th hole at the FBR Open will take its raucousness to new extremes in 2009.

Known for its daunting decibel level, take-no-prisoners crowd and fraternity party-like atmosphere, the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale has become an institution on the PGA Tour, providing a litany of memorable moments throughout the years including a hole-in-one by Tiger Woods in 1997. 

This year the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale will become the PGA tour's first-ever fully-enclosed 'Stadium' golf hole when the 2009 FBR Open returns at the end of January.

An additional 3,000 general admission bleacher seats have been added to the right of the green on the 162-yard par-3 hole by the tournament hosts, the Thunderbirds. the 16th hole is now fully enclosed by bleachers and skyboxes, with expected capacity to be between 15,000 to 20,000 spectators.

"As tournament hosts and organizers, we know we have something pretty special and unique here in our 16th hole," said 2009 FBR Open Tournament Chairman John Felix. "There are certain holes on Tour that are identified simply by their number. When you say 17, you know people are talking about the island green at TPC Sawgrass. When you say 16, you know it's the FBR Open and the TPC Scottsdale."

A tunnel has been added underneath the new seats for the golfers to get from the 16th green to the 17th tee. The original tunnel, from the 15th green to the 16th tee, has been in use for years.

Felix also noted that bleacher seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis just as hillside space has been in the previous years; fans will not need any special tickets to sit in the bleachers.

FBR Open

The FRB Open is consistently the best-attended golf tournament in the world with crowds reaching 500,000 patrons over a four-day period and has raised more than $61 million for charities, with more than $33 million generated in just the last fie years alone.

The 2008 FBR Open, contested in the shadow of Super Bowl XLII in nearby Glendale and won by J.B. Holmes, raised a PGA Tour record $8,652,542 for charity.

The 2009 edition, to be played Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, will mark the 74th playing of the event, and sixth as the FBR Open, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA Tour.

For more information on the 2009 edition of the FBR Open, visit www.fbropen.com. 


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