2019 Golfer’s Guide to Arizona Spring Training: East Valley

Rio Verde Country Cub, Phoenix
Rio Verde Country Cub

The East Valley is home to Mesa, where fans of the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s flock every spring, as well as to top-notch golf and more.

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The Rio Verde Life

One of the most active of Arizona’s active-adult communities gets better every year.

Thirty-six holes of Tom Lehman-designed Midwestern-style golf only scratch the surface of what’s available to members of this community nestled amid the spectacular scenery of the McDowell foothills adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. Located about 45 minutes northeast of Salt River Fields, Sloan Park and HoHoKam Stadium, Rio Verde offers clubs for hikers, bikers and horse lovers; six tennis courts (two lighted), four pickleball courts and two bocce pitches; a heated resort-style swimming pool, fitness classes and a first-rate art studio. A much-anticipated complete renovation of the clubhouse is well underway, making the 43-year-old Troon Privé-managed club even more appealing. Visitors and prospective members can rent homes with golf and other club privileges. rioverdearizona.com

Don’t Miss

Longbow Golf Club

Longbow Golf Club, one of Arizona’s better public layouts, in Mesa, sits 15 minutes from both stadiums. longbowgolf.com

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Longbow Golf Club

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s two amazing courses are five minutes north of Longbow. wekopa.com

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club


Cubs fans looking to wash down some Chicago grub with an Old Style head to Diamond’s Sports Grille (diamondssportsgrille.comand Groggy’s Bar and Grill, both in Mesa, and Gilbert-based Buddyz Chicago Pizzeria (buddyzpizza.com).

Tour Queen Creek Olive Mill, a working olive orchard and mill producing 100% virgin olive oil. queencreekolivemill.com


Board the two-story Desert Belle for a scenic 90-minute cruise on Saguaro Lake. desertbelle.com

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