The Golfer’s Guide to the best courses, resorts, food and fun during Spring Training
Denver is a football town. The Rockies haven’t had a winning season since 2010. And this is a golf magazine.
So, knowing all that, why do we produce an annual guide to Spring Training in Arizona? For one, Spring Training is less about a team than it is about tradition. A new baseball season represents a fresh start the same way the next shot or the next hole does in golf.
Besides, the connection between golf and baseball runs deeper than hitting a small ball squarely with a hard stick. Both games also feature nine a side—holes in golf and innings in baseball. Also, Babe Ruth famously loved golf, and played an arguably larger role in increasing the sport’s popularity during the 1930s than his contemporary, Bobby Jones, did.
The Rockies’ own Sultan of Swat, Nolan Arenado, also has mad golf skills. During the Cactus League season, he’ll occasionally hone them at Talking Stick Golf Club, just minutes east of the team’s home ballpark, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
The Rockies, of course, are just one of 15 teams that train within a 35-mile radius in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area—a region populated by more than 200 golf courses. That convergence, of course, explains why we produce this guide. It lists some of the better golf, lodging, dining and activity options closest to each team’s ballpark. And with the training facilities all within an hour’s drive of one another, there’s plenty of overlap.
Click on the links below to view our Spring Training guides for both Arizona and Florida:
2016 Spring Training Guide: Florida – Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
2016 Spring Training Guide: Scottsdale – Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants
2016 Spring Training Guide: Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix – Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's
2016 Spring Training Guide: Southwest Valley – Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers
Read and see the full Spring Training Guide below: