5 Golf Courses In The Arizona West Valley Worth Visiting

Put These Courses On Your List To Play!

The 500 Club Golf Course

Gorgeous 18-hole championship golf course nestled in the quiet foothills of northwest Phoenix. Designed by Brian Whitcomb, this par 72 layout offer subtle features that will challenge and excite golfers at every ability. The course plays 6867 yards from the championship tees, with a slope of 122 and a rating of 72.2. The 500 Club is truly unique in that it is one of the only public daily fee courses with the magical desert landscape and views of the valley mountains.

http://www.the500club.com/

Legend at Arrowhead

Designed by Arnold palmer, Award Winning Legend Golf Resort at Arrowhead Golf Club sits on a remote mountain slope 26 miles northwest of Sky Harbor Airport. This beautifully laid out course features 7 lakes and 156 bunkers all surrounded by beautiful valley mountains.The Legend plays 7,005 yards and a par-72 from the championship tees.

https://www.legendatarrowhead.com/

Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course

Originally built in 1966 and designed by Jay Hillhouse, Glen Lakes is located just 5 miles from the Gila River Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium. This course offers a par 33 course featuring 6 par 4s and 3 par 3s. This course can be challenging with 40 foot eucalyptus trees and many bunkers. The 9th hole presents water off the tee and on the approach.

https://www.glenlakesgolfaz.com/

Bellair Golf Club

Known as the best executive golf course by locals, this par-59 layout course features challenges that attract experiences golfers but a shorter more approachable length for beginners and juniors. Bellair features 5 par 4s and 13 par 3s measuring up to 185 to 210 yards in length. This course opened in 1973 and was originally designed by Lawrence, Hardin & Nash.

http://www.bellairgolf.com/

Grand Canyon University Golf Course

Formerly the Maryvale Golf Course, GCU Golf Course was designed by Ted Robinson Sr. The par-71 golf course measures 7,269 yards from the championship tees. Features include new tee boxes, challenging greens, extended fairways, practice facilities and a 10,000 sqft. clubhouse including a restaurant and bar, second-story practice facility and fully equipped pro shop. A traditional walking golf course accented with beautiful greens, preserved full-grown trees planted in the early 1960s and distinct, memorable holes.

http://www.gcugolf.com/

Fun Things To Do in Peoria

Scottsdale Quarter Christmas tree photoDo you live in or around the Peoria area? Are you looking for something to go do during the winter months? Getting outside and being active in and around your area can be challenging when the weather gets nice and the tourists get into town, but with the right suggestions to keep you going, you’ll never want to stop checking out everything Peoria has to offer. You’re sure to find something for everyone in the family from the list below, so why not make plans to check out many or all of the great activities going on around you this season?

Challenger Space Center
Stop by the Challenger Space Center to learn and experience tons of great information about space travel! Check out Mission Control and be sure you try the simulated two-hour space exploration mission, too.

Peoria Sports Complex
Depending on the month, you may be able to experience some different sporting events taking place at the Peoria Sports Complex. Be sure to check out their web site to see what’s going on and what’s coming up, too.

New River Trail
It’s usually nice enough in Peoria to take a nature walk if the mood strikes you, even when it’s winter, so check out the New River Trail if you want to enjoy some of the local fresh air for a little while. This paved trail is great fo the whole family.

Craft Beer Breweries
The Freak’N Brewing Company offers tours and is a great place to stop by and try some of the region’s local craft beer. Don’t forget to pick up a few to bring home and sample, too.

Winery 101
Much like the craft beer experience in Peoria, you can also check out Winery 101 and learn a little bit about the winemaking process while you’re there. Sample some local creations and purchase gifts for yourself and others.

Go Golfing
The Quintero Golf Club is the most popular option in Peoria. However, you may also want to check out Trilogy Golf Club or Westbrook Village Golf Course for some other nice options in the area.

Visit a Spa
Choose Alvea Spa to experience the most popular option in Peoria. Treat yourself to an indulgent day just for you to prepare for the holiday season or to wind down after it’s done.

Horseback Riding
There are a few different horseback riding tours in Peoria that can help you get out and enjoy nature when the weather gets nice. Some are guided and some let you go on your own if you have experience, too.

Arizona Broadway Theater
Do you love dinner theaters? The Arizona Broadway Theater is sure to give you a night of great food and excellent entertainment, so check it out one evening during the winter.

Shooting Range
Check out the Cowtown Range or Shooter’s World Peoria, both located in the area. This can be a fun and unique way to pass a day during the winter months.

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Businesses Love Glendale AZ

Glendale AZBusinesses LOVE Glendale AZ.

Doing Business in Glendale:  Yes once again Glendale will be host to the 2015 Superbowl.  The first one in Glendale in 2008 put the city on the map as it was recognized as one of the most successful Superbowls in history. As Glendale prepares for this Super Event, there are other projects which have been set in motion; again helping to make Glendale a destination city.

St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center broke ground in Jan 2013 on its new 35-acre Glendale medical campus. Glendale’s 3rd hospital they will be investing more than 44 million for the new 24 bed location in 2014.  This year Midwestern University will also debut its new veterinary school.

In other big news, Luke AFB will have more F-35As assigned to its base in Glendale, more than any other in the Air Force. They will have 6 squadrons totaling 144 jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center.

Glendale Glitters award-winning festival has been recognized by CBSnews.com as one of the top five holiday light displays in the country. This free event which just completed its 20th year typically attracts tens of thousands of people each year. The award also recognized the neighborhood and business participation throughout the city. So who were the other cities on this list? San Diego, Portland Oregon, Arlington Texas, and Somerville Massachusetts.  Yeah for Glendale!

Sonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

Sonoran Mountain RanchSonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

In the Northwest Valley north of 67th Ave & Happy Valley Rd, you will find Sonoran Mountain Ranch with its breathtaking desert views. The high desert setting offers homeowners views of the surrounding landscape while dedicated to preserving the open space and natural beauty of the desert. There are extensive hiking trails, parks, natural washes and spectacular mountain views.

There are many different floor plans and builders to chose from in Sonoran Mountain Ranch; some of these include Camelot Homes, Cresleigh Homes, Element Homes, Maracay, Morrison, Shea Homes, Standard Pacific and custom homes by Desert Cove Homes.

There are approximately 1468 homes in Sonoran Mountain Ranch. 345 of these homes have pools, 660 are single story.  Roughly 100 homes sit on lots that are larger than 15,000 Square Feet.

The schools served by Sonoran Mountain are some of the best in Deer Valley School District; Terramar, and Sandra Day O’Connor High School. There is also some great shopping, hiking, and walking paths nearby. The shops at Norterra on Happy Valley Rd, just east of the 101 offer fantastic shopping, boutiques and a variety of dining choices as well as some of your big box stores and a Harkins Movie Theatre.

If you are looking for a community with expansive desert views but still close to all the conveniences, then Sonoran Mountain Ranch will have a home just for you.

Arizonan’s Favorite Vacation Spots

San Diego Sicilian FestivalSAN DIEGO SICILIAN FESTIVAL, MAY 19TH

Arizonan’s have many ways to escape the summer heat and one of our favorite vacation spots is San Diego, Calif. Check out this fun event. What began as a neighborhood celebration 20 years ago has grown into a multi-block, colorful, musical and culinary celebration of everything Sicilian. Grape stomping,  Sicilian treats, cultural displays, folk-dancing and nonstop live entertainment. Plus a festive Bambino Zone and Bellissimo Car Show.

Headling this years 20th Anniversary event is The Sicilian Tenors, direct from New York City. Three Sicilian American tenors, Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio, and Sam  Vitale, will take the Sicilian Festival audience on a romantic musical journey during their dynamic presentation.

The Sicilian Festival is also the perfect venue for families with children. All children’s activities are FREE, and include a large inflatable slide, puppet theatre shows, face painting, and many other activities to keep the bambini entertained throughout day-without emptying their parents’ pocketbooks!

Admission: Free. Locatiion: Little Italy section of Downtown San Diego. Time: 10am-6pm. For more information, log on to the Sicilian Festival website at www.sicilianfesta.com

 

Luke Air Force Base Open House March 16th and 17th

     Luke’s biennial Open House and Air Show is a popular West Valley event, averaging more than 100,000 spectators each day.  There will be something for everyone at this open house; food, games and some great attractions and ground displays.  This year the Thunderbirds, the United States’ Air Force’s Aerial Demonstrations Team, will be the featured event. Also in the air show lineup is an F-16 close air support demonstration and a Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier demonstration. Read more

Cactus League Spring Training

“People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
—Rogers Hornsby

Glendale's Camelback Ranch StadiumWell our winters are short here in Arizona and though it is still chilly outside, Spring is just around the corner and so is Spring Training. Tickets go on sale for Cactus League on January 5th.

Peoria Sports Complex is home to the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Camelback Ranch in Glendale is home to the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cactus League has 10 beautiful Spring Training facilities in Arizona. These are hot tickets in Arizona, so don’t wait, get yours now.

Check out this link to view your favorite teams Spring Training schedule.  See you at the Ballpark!