The Best In Sports: 2018

They shoot, they score! Arizona is home to some of the nation’s top sports team, athletes, and venues. Whether you’re looking for the best course to play a round of golf or the top professional player to root for here are readers top picks for sports in the Valley.

These are AZ Foothills Best of Our Valley 2018 contest winners. Winners will be featured in the April 2018 issue of AZ Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.

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 2018. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

Winners, download your 2018 Winners logo here and reserve space in the annual Collectors Edition here.


Best 19th Hole: Adobe Restaurant at Arizona Biltmore

Best Arizona Cheerleaders or Dance Team: Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders Dancers

Best Clubhouse Spa: Encanterra

Best Custom Golf Clubs: PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf)

Best Golf Clothing & Shopping: Troon North Golf Club

Best Golf Community: DC Ranch

Best Golf Instructor: Mike Malaska at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club and Las Sendas Golf Club

Best Private Club: Firerock Country Club

Best Pro Shop: Wigwam Golf Club

Best Pro Sports Team: Arizona Rattlers

Best Public Course: Wigwam Golf Club

Best Sporting Event: NASCAR at Phoenix Raceway

Best Sporting Goods Store: The Nike Factory Store

Best Sports Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium

Best Spring Training Field: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Favorite Arizona Coach: Kevin Guy, Rattlers

Favorite Arizona Pro Athlete: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

Most Challenging Course: The Gold Course at The Wigwam

Most Philanthropic Athlete: Kurt Warner, First Things First

Most Scenic Course: The Phoenician

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