Spring Training Baseball and Golf in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

In addition to reliably picture perfect weather, springtime in Scottsdale means two things – golf and spring training baseball. Nowhere in the country has more world-class golf courses and Major League Baseball venues in such close proximity.

With most baseball games taking place in the afternoon or evening, it’s easy to pair both of these passions to create one stellar spring break extravaganza.

For example, Cubs fans can take in games at Sloan Park, the Chicago Cubs new, state of the art spring training facility after a morning round at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, just a 20 minute drive down the road. We-Ko-Pa is home to two of the highest rated golf courses in Arizona. Saguaro, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is the No. 1 public access course in the state according to Golfweek. Its sister, Cholla, was designed by Scott Miller and comes in at the No. 4 spot.

National League West rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, play out of Salt River Fields on the eastern boundary of Scottsdale. The stadium is adjacent to Talking Stick Golf Club and its two outstanding golf courses designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

In addition, TPC Scottsdale, home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, is only 10 minutes from Salt River Fields, giving fans an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of their PGA TOUR heroes before watching the Major League stars in action.

The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants call Scottsdale Stadium home for spring training. The stadium is located in heart of downtown Scottsdale and is in close proximity to a selection of outstanding golf courses. Among these is Camelback Golf Club which offers 36 holes of championship golf and a 36,000 square-foot, pueblo-style clubhouse that captures the essence of Southwestern culture. Also close by is the Phoenician Golf Resort, which boasts three compelling nine-hole tracks that play through the foothills of Scottsdale’s landmark, Camelback Mountain.