Golfers will be in paradise in Scottsdale.  With over 50 courses, you'll find a wide variety of course types.

The link above won't help you find out much about golf courses in Scottsdale - it's even hard to find the phone numbers for the courses.  But there are some wonderful (albeit pricey) courses in the area.  

Troon North,  and the TPC Stadium Course (where the FBR Open -formerly Phoenix Open-is played) are two of the most prestigious courses (actually there are 2 courses at Troon North) and usually the most expensive.  If you can afford it, they are great courses.  Greyhawk is also nationally ranked, and a great golf experience. 

For a more unique experience, make sure you play at least one of the courses on an Indian Reservation: We-Ko-Pa on the Fort McDowell Reservation (east of Scottsdale/Fountain Hills) and Talking Stick on the Salt River Reservation.  There are no homes visible from these courses, and you can get a sense of what the desert looked like many years ago - albeit assisted by non-native grass and irrigation systems!  The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain (just over the Scottsdale border in Fountain Hills) offers incredible views of the Valley of the Sun - but there are no level lies on the side of a mountain!  And Rancho Manana in Cave Creek also offers good views and an Arizona golf experience at a reasonable price.

There are many other nice courses to choose from - I've just mentioned some of the more unique courses.  At almost all courses in the area, a cart is included in the price of the green fees.  Very few courses (and none I've suggested) allow walking.  And watch out for the critters!  Many golfers have been spiked by the feared "jumping cholla" bush looking for a lost ball.  And early mornings, there are sometimes real snakes in the grass and quails and bunnies looking for breakfast.


In the spring, baseball has Spring Training the entire month of March.  Visitors can watch the teams in action.  If you want to attend games played by the San Francisco Giants (click here for stadium info), it's a good idea to purchase tickets in advance.

Skateboarders and in-line skaters can have lots of fun at Wedge Skate Park.

Joggers, walkers, in-line skaters, bicyclists and dog-walkers will enjoy Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, the 7.5-mile path system which connects many different parks.  Depending on which park you choose, you'll find lakes, golf courses, swimming pools and a variety of recreational facilities for the whole family.