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Golf and Spring Training in One Trip

Longbow Golf Club

Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz.
7,003 yards, par 71; Greens fee: $99

Rooting for the Chicago Cubs is an annual exercise in heartbreak, but you can ease the pain by heading from their games at HoHoKam Stadium to this playable Ken Kavanaugh desert design.

Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Peoria, Ariz.
7,259 yards, par 72; Greens fee: $99

You can watch a cluster of teams clear out the winter cobwebs nearby--the Rangers, Royals, Padres and Mariners--but this Gary Panks layout with wavy native grasses and Bradshaw Mountain backdrops is the real star.

Joe Torre's Home Runs
Yankee skipper Joe Torre will arrive at the team's spring training in Florida after spending much of his off-season at Kapalua in Hawaii, where the four-time World Series winner plays often at the Plantation Course--his favorite layout. We asked Torre to offer up his top ten tracks.
1. Plantation Course
Kapalua Golf Resort, Maui, Hawaii
2. Trump National Golf Club
Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
3. Wynn Golf Club
Las Vegas, Nev.
4. Riviera Country Club
Los Angeles, Calif.
5. Avila Golf & Country Club
Tampa, Fla. (Derek Jeter's home course)
6. Village Course
Kapalua Golf Resort, Maui, Hawaii
7. Prince Course
Kauai, Hawaii
8. San Francisco Golf Club
San Francisco, Calif.
9. The Palms Golf Course
Palm Springs, Calif.
10. Montclair Country Club
Montclair, N.J. (Yogi Berra's home course)

Omni Tucson National Golf
Resort & Spa (Catalina Course), Tucson, Ariz.
7,262 yards, par 73; Greens fee: $180
Golf MVPs like Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson all won PGA Tour events on the Catalina, but fans of the Diamondbacks, Rockies and World Champion White Sox should check out the new Tom Lehman-designed Sonoran course, too.

PGA Golf Club (South Course)
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
7,076 yards, par 72; Greens fee: $89
Mets fans flocking to see Pedro pitch just down the road can sharpen their skills at the fabulous PGA Village practice grounds and then tee it up at this Tom Fazio layout, the best of the three strong tracks on site.

Falcon's Fire Golf Club
Kissimmee, Fla.
6,901 yards, par 72; Greens fee: $139
Pitchers for both the Braves and the Astros train in Kissimmee, but even Roger Clemens would have a tough time mastering the mounds that define the fairways of this Rees Jones creation.

Westin Innisbrook Resort
(Island Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.
7,063 yards, par 72; Greens fee: $180
Tampa is home away from home for the Yankees and the Phillies, but the best at-bat in town might be at this watery resort course where Phil Mickelson won the 1990 NCAA Championship.

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