By Mike Poe, General Manager of Quintero Golf Club 

The Waste Management Phoenix Open may be known for the massive crowds, party atmosphere and fancy outfits, but we must not forget that it is still a professional golf tournament and there are still several guidelines you need follow as a spectator.

The tournament social scene may be about being noticed, but while you’re in the crowds, blending into the background is the rule.

If you’re lucky enough to attend the Phoenix Open or any of the other fantastic golf tournaments this season, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Be Quiet: Spectators should be seen and not heard in most cases. Turn your cell phone off and keep it in your bag or pocket. Don’t speak or cheer until a player is finished. The golf clap exists for a reason – it’s the game’s subdued show of support.
  2. Stay Still:Even little movements can distract a player’s concentration. Once you’ve found your spot, stick to it until the round is over. Wait for all players to finish before leaving for the next tee.
  3. Down in Front: The gallery at a pro tournament can be several people deep. Respect that others behind you are also trying to see the action. If possible kneel down. If you have big hat, take it off.
  4. No Touching: This should be common knowledge, but every year someone embarrasses themselves by trying to touch a player or their golf balls. Keep your hands to yourself!
  5. Dress Accordingly: Attire should be modest and sensible, so as not to distract from the game. A good tip is to dress similar to the golfers themselves. Khakis, polos and comfortable walking shoes are always a great decision.

About the Author:

With more than 20 years of experience in the golf industry, Mike Poe is currently the General Manager at Quintero Golf Club. Located near Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Quintero Golf Club has been ranked the Best Public Golf Course by both Golf Digest and Golf Weekly Magazine. For more information, visit