Monday, January 1, 2007
The best of the Desert West is now better than ever
Spring Training. In the minds of many, spring training is still the best chance to get up and personal with the stars of MLB. Spring training in Arizona continues to draw fans of America’s pastime from all over the country, hoping to get an indication of how their favorite team is likely to fare during the upcoming season. Among the Cactus League participants are 12 teams, with venues spread across the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas. For a full schedule and list of participating teams, visit www.cactus-league.com.
The Nightlife. Scottsdale may have 330 days of sunshine per year, but it’s the nightlife that really heats things up. Look no further than Scottsdale Road as it crosses in and out of Old Town Scottsdale. Here you’ll find the assortment of scantily clad college students, middle-aged business people, retirees and so on—all convened in and around a mass of about 50 indoor/outdoor bars, restaurants, dance clubs and lounges. Come the late hours and it’s common to see that a relaxing restaurant by day has transformed into an electric dance club by night.
For one-stop information on all things Scottsdale, check out the Scottsdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau online at www.scottsdalecvb.com.
5 Places To See And Be Seen
1. Troon North Golf Club
Play here and tell everyone you know that you’ve played it. It’s just that kind of place. And wear your nicest shirt, it’s that kind of place too.
2. TPC Of Scottsdale
If you have the right clothes, a tour bag and a decent swing, you might fool some people into thinking you’re a pro.
3. The Phoenician
It’s resort-style golf, but it’s so well maintained and so centrally located that it has become a hotspot to eat, drink, play and, of course, be seen.
4. Hot Stix
It’s not even a golf course, but this is the place serious golfers are found. Get your clubs tweaked and buy a new driver shaft. You’ll see instant improvements.
5. The Boulders
This ultra-hidden resort is where you have to look to find some of the coolest spots to hang in the Valley of the Sun.
5 Very Challenging Courses
1. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
The front nine of this beautiful course is all downhill and the back nine is all uphill. No really, we mean it’s really uphill. Bring your A-game for the three closing holes.
2. Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor)
Some say it’s tough, others say it’s not. We agree that the course is fair off the tee, but you have to hit your irons well to score.
3. WildFire Golf Club
The 7,170-yard Palmer Signature Course is no slouch, as it challenges expert and novice golfers alike. Choose among six sets of tees according to varying skill levels.
4. Talking Stick Golf Club
Both courses at Talking Stick are seemingly benign, but in reality, are much more difficult tests of golf than they look. If you can’t play both, play the links-style North Course.
5. Trilogy At Vistancia
It may not be in Scottsdale proper, but this course is too good and just too challenging to leave out.
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