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

Deer Valley Golf Course at Sun City West
Deer Valley Golf Course at Sun City West

Eight Major League Baseball teams make their Spring Training homes in the region west of I-17. Goodyear, Glendale, Peoria and Surprise each have a stadium with two teams apiece, as well as a golf courses and activities.

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Following the Sun

Sun City West, a pioneer in the active-adult community concept, keeps golfers happy all week long.

Just like nobody drove 55 when it was speed limit, now just about everybody who hits that age blows past it into active-adult life. Sun City West, located 11 miles west of Peoria and Del Webb’s original Sun City, remains one of the most popular, with more than 100 chartered clubs, miles of walking trails, three recreation centers with pools, fitness centers, pickleball courts and more. Most attractively, the development boasts seven golf courses—four attractively priced 18-hole par-72 layouts (Grandview, Trail Ridge, Deer Valley and Pebblebrook) and three par 60/61 executive courses (Desert Trails, Echo Mesa and Stardust). All courses are walkable, wellconditioned and offer tee times to Baby Boomers, Greatest Generation members and non-residents of all ages. suncitywest.com

Check It Out

Quintero Golf Club

A scenic Rees Jones design tucked into the Hiergoglyphic Mountains northwest of Peoria, Quintero Golf Club spans desert, mountain ridges, lakes and washes. It started out as a private club, but now rates as one of Arizona’s top courses. quinterogolf.com

Quintero Golf Club
Quintero Golf Club recently cracked Golf Digest’s list of 100 Greatest U.S. Public Courses.

Arrowhead Grill

Delmonico Steak - Arrowhead Grill
Delmonico Steak – Arrowhead Grill

An award-winning steakhouse in Glendale, Arrowhead Grill literally sizzles with sophistication; all beef cuts arrive hissing in a skillet. Order the Delmonico steak, which follows the original 1894 recipe of Chef Charles Ranhofer from Manhattan’s Delmonico Hotel. Pair any of the inspired fare with an item from the ample wine and drink list. arrowheadgrill.com

For the Kids

Keep the kids happy and cool at Splash Pad, a Goodyear water park. goodyearaz.gov

A Li’l Bit o’ Golf

Par-3 rhymes with “par-ty.” So it goes at Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club, where the par-3 Li’l Wick serves as a rollicking nine-hole sidekick to the heralded par-71 layout now known as “Big Wick.” While the big one’s an absolute must-play; the little one is a can’t-miss opportunity. Li’l Wick’s nine holes pivot around a lakeside sports bar called the Watering Hole. Golfers check in by writing their names on a chalkboard. No tee times, no dress codes, no pace-of-play enforcement. Just wait your turn. Music streams from speakers on all holes, four of which illuminate for night golf. Footpaths on virtually every hole connect to the bar area, where a giant hammock and numerous cozy seating areas reinforce the chill social vibe. wickenburgranch.com

Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club

Don’t Miss

Coup Des Tartes

The cozy ambience and French fare at Coup Des Tartes in Glendale. Go for the Sunday brunch highlighted by crepes, croquettes, quiches, benedicts and the signature French Whiskey Bacon Bloody Mary. nicetarts.com

More for the Kids

Bowling, laser tag, billiards, gravity ropes, rock climbing, mini-golf, arcade and virtual reality games all fit under one roof at Main Event in Avondale, just nine miles east of where the Indians and Reds play in Goodyear. mainevent.com

Wildlife World

The largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona waits at Wildlife World, a zoo, aquarium and safari park located eight miles south of the Surprise Recreation Campus, home to the Mariners and Padres. wildlifeworld.com

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