World Golf Report in an article from May reported on Scottsdale’s controversial taxpayer-funded subsidy to the TPC/PGA.
You know what they say about having to spend money to make money? Well, the Arizona Republic has gotten into the nitty-gritty of a controversy that’s brewing over the cost of operating TPC Scottsdale, the site of the PGA Tour’s annual Phoenix Open. The matter came to a head late last year, when the city of Scottsdale agreed to cough up $15 million for renovations to the TPC’s Stadium course in exchange for a contract extension that will require the PGA Tour to pay just $4 million in additional fees over the next 20 years. Spreadsheets were closely inspected, and critics soon concluded that the city has been fleeced by the Tour’s smooth-talking lawyers. As a result, they’re [the citizens] threatening to sue unless the contract is renegotiated.