Topgolf in Scottsdale fun for non-golfers, dogs

If you ever wanted to golf with Fido by your side, Topgolf in Scottsdale is your place.

Topgolf in Scottsdale

The recently opened driving range lets you bring your canines along for the ride, who can relax on cushioned couches as you bounce off balls into targets throughout the range.

Its dog-friendliness isn’t its only draw. Anyone will have fun at Topgolf, whether you’re a pro with the sticks or not. Each hole has its own misted and fanned lounge area, with servers delivering drinks and food as you compete against your friends.

Topgolf in Scottsdale

There are full bars on both golfing levels, as well as a rooftop bar, and fire pits and extra lounging areas give a great view of Valley sunsets, making it a bonafide Scottsdale rooftop bar contender.

Topgolf in Scottsdale

For those who do golf, up to six people can compete against each other to score points by hitting balls into one of the netted areas. Rates are hourly, after you pay a $5 membership fee. It’s $25/hour between open-noon, $35/hour between noon-5 p.m. and $45/hour between 5 p.m.-close. Divided by a group of six, that’s not too bad, and I loved it as a new fun alternative to group bowling.

Something I wasn’t a fan of was that woods and drivers are not allowed, only irons. A driving range where you can’t use your driver?! Yep.

Apparently too many people were hitting the ball over the fence into Talking Stick Resort area. Bummer.

Still, it’s pretty darn awesome to hit balls in cool air to Top 40 music. Learn more about Topgolf here.

Solo Boxeo Tecate at Celebrity Theatre packs a punch

I never, ever thought I would willingly go to a boxing match, but I’m thankful Iron Boy Promotions invited me to check out Solo Boxeo Tecate this past Saturday at Celebrity Theatre. The action was fun to watch, the crowd was rowdy, and the matches were glitzy – as close as we can get to Vegas here in the Valley.

Solo Boxeo

The fight night was broadcast on UniMas and featured boxers from all over the country, including quite a few from right here in Phoenix. There were attractive ring girls, a charming, enthusiastic host, and loyal crews who pumped up the boxers – including a full marching band who came out for the title fight featuring local Jose Benavidez.

Solo Boxeo

I was surprised we have such a big boxing scene here in the Valley, and many Mexican fighters made the trek up north to participate, too. I loved the event was presented in two languages, and it was fun to see such great audience support for the fighters. I was scared I’d see a lot of blood or a stretcher, but thankfully, the event focused on safety, ending fights if boxers were dazed. It was nice to see the competitors hug it out after fighting, too.

The boxing show wasn’t violent like I anticipated – it was all about the athleticism, and it was neat to see so much strategy and defensive skills on display, rather than solely fists of fury. I would encourage you checking out Iron Boy’s next bout – keep up with the promo company, which also includes a Phoenix training gym, here.

Arizona Wrestling Federation at Peoria Community Center excites all ages (VIDEO)

If you’re into muscle-laden guys in hot pants, check out the Arizona Wrestling Federation, which brings WWE-style action to local masses, with an entertaining show filled with humorous storylines and exciting ring smackdowns.

Arizona Wrestling Federation at Peoria Community Center

I checked out the competitors this past weekend at the Peoria Community Center, and a packed house cheered on guys such as Alexander Hammerstone and The Prophet, as they picked each other up, slammed each other on the ground, hit each other in very sensitive places, and dropkicked each other while hyping up fans with witty banter.

A suited-up emcee guided audience members through the action, as each wrestler was introduced to his own theme music and promo video before high-fiving fans and running up into the ring. The costumes were colorful, the trash talk seemed genuine, and the pain was real – I saw more than a couple bloody faces at the ends of matches.

Arizona Wrestling Federation at Peoria Community Center

I was really impressed with how passionate all the competitors seemed, from the care they put into their looks, to the sassy crowd interaction, to the precision of their fighting moves. There was never a dull moment, and the fans, which included many little kids and more than a few diehards with T-shirts bearing their favorite wrestlers’ logos, ate it up.

I had no idea something like this existed in the Valley, and while it’s a bummer it’s a bit of a drive all the way out to Peoria for us Scottsdale dwellers, it was well worth the trip. Tickets are cheap at only $7, since the amount of production that goes into the show is high-quality and could demand a much higher price – or at least a larger venue where they could reach more people. Tempe Center for the Arts comes to mind.

The Arizona Wrestling Federation has only been around for about a year, and they have another show coming up Saturday, August 9, again at the Peoria Community Center. It’s a fun family event, and if you love wrestling, you’ll definitely be impressed by the line-up. Find more information here.