Sports and Recreation

Phoenix, Arizona, is home to eight golf courses that are located throughout the city. Five of these courses offer full 18 holes of golf, while the other three are nine-hole courses. Most of them have a golf pro on staff, as well as a fully stocked pro shop that offers equipment rental. These golf professionals also offer private lessons for beginning and intermediate players.

There are numerous swimming pools in Phoenix that are open to the public. These pools are usually open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Several of these public swimming pools offer swimming lessons, and a few also have water basketball teams.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department offers self-defense classes for adults. Instruction is offered in Jujitsu and Karate, and classes are located at various sports complexes throughout the city. Registration can be accomplished by visiting the Parks and Recreation website.

Middle and High School players can take advantage of the teen basketball program that is offered by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Basketball games run from June through August, and players ages 13 to 17 are invited to join in the fun.

Canoeing classes are offered at nearby Camp Colley. These classes are designed for families, and are given by an experienced instructor. Classes take place at the Blue Ridge Reservoir, and generally involve one full weekend day of training.

Tennis courts are located in nearly every part of Phoenix. These courts are well maintained and are also lighted for night play. Local tennis courts are generally available on a first-come first-serve basis. There are also tennis centers in Phoenix that offer individual lessons and can be reserved for league play.

Several softball leagues in Phoenix allow players of all ages and skill levels to take part in the game. An adult slow pitch league is intended for those 18 years of age or older. There are also several fast-pitch leagues available for girls, with different groups providing play for various age groups.

Those who enjoy hiking will be pleased to know that there are several desert trailheads that run directly through the city of Phoenix, AZ. These trails are ideal for jogging, walking, or bicycling. Some are intense trails that involve a great deal of uphill hiking, while others are more suited toward beginners. One famous trail to go hiking on is to the top of Camelback Mountain, which is located in Scottsdale, just to the northeast of Phoenix a few minutes.

The professional sports teams that play in the Phoenix valley include the Phoenix Suns, NBA; Phoenix Coyotes, NHL; Arizona Cardinals, NFL; Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB; and the Arizona Rattlers, AFL.