Spring Training is something we look forward to every year—partly because we get to welcome in the new baseball season, and partly because it happens in two of our favorite golf destinations: Southern Arizona and Florida.
Ready to take advantage of that very happy coincidence?
Pro tip #1: Book early. Spring training falls right in the middle of busy season at these sunny destinations, so reserve your tee times well in advance.
Pro tip #3: Time it right. Compare game times to tee times and map the distance between stadiums and nearby courses.
Here’s a cheat sheet to help with your game plan:
Greater Pheonix area public course
TPC Scottsdale sits 10 miles north of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick stadium. The Champions course is a friendly challenge for players of all skill levels. Or, play like a pro on the renowned Stadium course, host of the PGA Tour. Ask for their 36-hole special to get a discount on playing both courses.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club boasts brilliantly-constructed courses on tribal land owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation, just 15 miles from Hohokam Stadium. Both the acclaimed Cholla and Saguaro courses wind through the natural landscape, offering the perfect balance of challenge and solitude.
Troon North Golf Club treats players to breathtaking vistas of pristine desert Pinnacle Peak and the surrounding mountains at this esteemed club, not far from Scottsdale Stadium and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Pinnacle course is a walkable favorite, while Monument is consistently ranked as one of the to 10 courses in the US.
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia is a quick 15-minute drive from either Surprise Stadium or the Peoria Sports complex, so Mariners and Padres fans can enjoy a round on this technical five-star course while taking in stunning views of high desert scenery.
Quintero Golf Club is well worth the 22-mile drive north of Surprise Stadium. Ranked as “Best Public Course” by both Golf Digest and Golf Weekly, its multi-level terrain and strategic bunker placement makes this secluded gem a must-play course.
Florida public courses
Walt Disney World is more than a theme park, with lots of golf options just 6 miles from Champion Stadium and 19 miles from the Orlando airport. The Magnolia course balances its challenging water hazards with a playful Mickey-Mouse shaped sand pit. If you prefer something short and walkable, check out the Oak Trail 9-hole course.
Osprey Point is one of the area’s most wallet-friendly, popular courses, offering three 9-hole courses which can be played in three 18-hole combinations. It’s located in Boca Raton—a quick drive from the Roger Dean and Ballpark of The Palm Beaches stadiums.
University Park hosts a respected golf academy with Ashley Hayden, as well as an award-winning course. You’ll also find an excellent short game area complete with sand bunkers and a practice green—perfect for Orioles fans who want to squeeze in a short session near Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium.
Streamsong Resort is 48 miles south of Tampa, and worth splurging on a couple extra days in the area. The Streamsong Blue and Streamsong Red courses are the collective genius of three of the world’s top course architects, and Golf Digest named them both in the top 15 U.S. public-access courses.
World Woods isn’t the closest to the Tampa area stadiums, but it’s well with the 60 mile drive north. Their championship Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks courses have earned repeated spots on top 100 lists for their technical challenges and lush landscapes.