The Best in Sports: 2016

Close-up of a golf club near a golf ball on a tee

Close-up of a golf club near a golf ball on a tee

Go team, go! Whether you’re a fair-weather fan or a full-fledged fanatic, you will find some of the best sports outfits, athletes, and arenas in Arizona. Here’s a list readers top picks for sports in the Valley.

These are the winners of Best of Our Valley 2016. Winners will be featured in the April 2016 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents. The winners with the most total votes will be featured on the cover, but you will have to wait until April to find out who they are!

As a special thanks to the winners and those who helped them attain their “Best Of” status, a celebratory bash will be held in May 2016. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

All those who won this year can download their 2016 Winners logos here


Best 19th Hole – Bernard’s Restaurant at Ocotillo Golf Resort

Best AZ Cheerleaders or Dance Team – Arizona Diamondbacks Rallybacks

Best Clubhouse Spa – Encanterra

Best Custom Golf Clubs – Ping

Best Golf Clothing & Shopping – Hornaceks House of Golf

Best Golf Community – Desert Mountain

Best Golf Instructor – Jason Reddington, Director of Instruction at Mirabel

Best Private Club – Desert Mountain

Best Pro Shop – Desert Mountain Golf Club (Chiricahua Course)

Best Pro Sports Team – Arizona Cardinals

Best Public Course – Quintero Golf Club

Best Sporting Event – Waste Management Phoenix Open

Best Sporting Goods Store – Sport Chalet

Best Sports Venue – Talking Stick Resort Arena

Best Spring Training Field – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Favorite Arizona Cardinals Player – Larry Fitzgerald

Favorite Arizona Coach – Kevin Guy, Rattlers

Favorite Arizona Diamondbacks Player (TIE)A.J. Pollock / Paul Goldschmidt

Favorite Arizona Rattlers Player – Nick Davila

Favorite College AthleticsArizona State University

Favorite Female Golfer – Cristie Kerr

Favorite Male Golfer – Phil Mickelson

Favorite Arizona Coyotes Player – Shane Doan

Favorite Phoenix Mercury Player – Candice Dupree

Favorite Phoenix Suns Player – P.J. Tucker

Most Challenging Course – The Gold Course at The Wigwam

Most Philanthropic Athlete – Kurt Warner, First Things First

Most Scenic Course – Outlaw Course at Desert Mountain


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