This triple travel play gets the MLB season off to a scorching start
As the calendar slides from February into March, as the Super Bowl fades well into the rear-view mirror and March Madness lurks a couple doglegs down the road, there’s one late-winter sporting sweetspot to hit without fail, especially if you’re a golfer and a baseball fan: A Spring Training roadtrip to the Valley of the Sun, a.k.a. Phoenix-Scottsdale and environs.
Hurry, this place won't be such a hidden gem for long
Nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, Eagle Mountain Golf Club and the Inn at Eagle Mountain offer an intimate getaway just eight miles from downtown Scottsdale. Smaller in size than other Phoenix-area resorts (Eagle Mountain is more of a retreat than a resort), its 42 “mini suites” are terraced onto a hillside and offer postcard views of the golf course and valley far below.
The best of the Desert West is now better than ever
Want a real party? The PGA Tour comes to The TPC of Scottsdale January 29 through February 4 for the FBR Open–the most attended tour stop in the country. Along with the best players in the world come huge galleries, nightly parties, music and opportunities to meet, greet or watch people as they pass on by. The FBR Open is one of the few tournaments where cheering is encouraged, as evidenced by the rowdy par-3 16th hole. It really is the “Greatest Show on Grass.”
Golf course operators in Las Vegas regularly concede and admit that gambling is and always will be the main draw to the area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t combine the two during your stay. A few of the casinos have golf courses nearby; however, they come with a price. The new Wynn Golf Club and Bali Hai are both on the Las Vegas Strip, and both have relatively high green fees.
If there's one thing you should know about golf in the magnificent desert West, heed the following statement: In the desert West, you don't play golf, you experience it.
With Las Vegas having more than 50, Palm Springs with 100-plus and the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa area totaling somewhere near 200 golf courses, it’s no wonder millions of golfers each year flock to these three desert golf boomtowns. It’s culture shock for many once they get there, as golfers from all over the world marvel at the union between harsh desert topography and the soft, caressing ribbons of fairway and greens that make up each golf oasis.
Golf’s newest darling–as far as course developments are concerned–is the state of New Mexico. As Indian gaming continues to explode in popularity, so, too, has the new cluster of golf courses built on or near several Indian reservations throughout the aptly dubbed “Enchanted State.”