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Event Season: Are you ready?

2016 Event SeasonIt’s cold on Arizona right now, but it won’t be that way for long. This is our “week of winter” and temperatures will be back in the 70s this weekend. Good thing, because I am playing golf on Saturday. I played last weekend and the high was 59… When the sun dropped behind the mountains, it got cold. Real cold! But winter will be over before long, and 100+ will be here before we know it.

Event Season: Are you ready?

As the rest of the country starts to shovel snow and starts to plan trips out west, consider adding Phoenix/Sc

ottsdale on your list. There are so many things to do in Arizona this winter. From the PGA TOUR to Major League Baseball, the Valley of the Sun starts to get busy in January.

Besides some of the best golf courses in the country, what else is there to do in Arizona in 2016?

Bowl Season: Football is coming to the Valley. The Fiesta Bowl is here. The Cactus Bowl is here. Heck, even the National Championship game is here. The odds are in, and the odds of good weather are playing in to your favor. I don’t even like football, but you can sense the energy in the air with all of these teams coming to town.

Barrett-Jackson: I’m not a car guy, but I love going to the Barrett-Jackson car auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale. I remember growing up watching this on TV. Now we go, walk around, look at all the cool cars, and just take part in the action. We aren’t there to buy, but it is a great way to spend the day. Barrett-Jackson isn’t the biggest car auction in the world, but it’s close.

Arabian Horse Show: Horses are a big deal in Arizona. Just the other day I was hiking the Gateway Loop and a horse passed me on the way down. There are horse crossing signs all over the place, and horse farms on the way to pretty much every golf course. Heck, there are even wild horses here. In February, again at WestWorld of Scottsdale, take part in the Arabian Horse Show. This year is the 61st annual, and promises to be a great time for animal lovers.

Springs Training: The Cubbies are coming to town! I love Spring Training, and we normally go to a few different games. I always enjoy seeing the Chicago Cubs play. The Cactus League brings teams like the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers to town for a few weeks of fun. Nothing better than spending a day at the ballpark. I almost caught my first foul ball last year at a San Francisco Giants game.

Waste Management Phoenix Open: Known as the greenest show on grass, the Waste Management Phoenix Open might be the most fun golf tournament of the year. Thousands of people flock to TPC Scottsdale every year, most trying to find hole 16 to experience the “stadium.” Look for that stadium to extend to hole 17 this year. Tiger Woods played in it this year, but he missed the cut. We go, and volunteer for SHOTLink, and always enjoy it. Don’t forget about the Birds Nest at night. This year the Rascal Flatts and Tiesto will be here entertaining party goers until the sun comes up.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to do in the Valley. Between all of these fun activities, book your tee times on and play some of the best golf courses in the country. Book places like Quintero Golf Club, Troon North Golf Club, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club or Ocotillo Golf Resort. The hardest part will be choosing where to play next.

Author: Ricky Potts

A content specialist, freelance writer, abstract artist, wine lover, beer snob, music fanatic, avid golfer, and an all around opinionated realist. I am addicted to learning. I am also a scuba diver who loves to travel the world one country at a time.

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