Of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams, only one had a more anemic winning percentage than the .407 posted by your 2014 Colorado Rockies. The lowly Arizona Diamondbacks, slithered in at .395, two games behind Colorado, the team with which they share a Spring Training facility.
That means the Rockies are the best team to play its Cactus League home games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. And speaking of hollow victories: Tulo & Co. have actually posted winning records in each of the past five Cactus League seasons.
But, as proven by last year’s improbable run by the Kansas City Royals, baseball is as fickle as Colorado’s March weather. Last season, the Rockies finished first in the Major Leagues in slugging percentage, second in batting average and third in runs scored. And their pitching? 29th or 30th in every major category.
Luckily for baseball fans, the Rockies and 14 other Major League Baseball teams—including the two that played in last October’s thrilling World Series—train within a 35-mile radius in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale area. And luckily for golfers, more than 200 courses populate that region alone. This guide lists some of the golf, lodging, dining and activity options closest to each team’s ballpark. Many of them overlap because nothing is more than an hour’s drive from anything else. Go and you’ll understand the meaning of the expression “Cactus Makes Perfect.”
Click on the links below to view our Sring Training guides; grouped into the premier golf and vacation destinations in the Valley of the Sun!
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