The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
United States of America, Arizona, Phoenix Scottsdale, Carefree

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The Resort
The Resort

The Resort

The ultimate desert hideaway and AAA Five Diamond resort.  The Boulders nestles in glorious seclusion amidst the high Sonoran Desert foothills north of Scottsdale.  A legendary retreat, this celebrated golf, spa, and tennis resort offers luxury private Casita, Villa, and Hacienda accommodations, fine dining venues, the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Spa, acclaimed tennis garden and two championship golf courses sculpted into the dramatic landscape of the desert.

Wrapped around twelve million year old giant boulders that give the resort its name, The Boulders resort comprises Casitas, spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom Villas, and luxury two- and three-bedroom Haciendas.  With six unique restaurants, cafés, and lounge offering innovative dishes featuring fresh ingredients in both a casual and formal atmosphere.  The Waldorf Astoria Spa blends Eastern and Western influences in its design, healing methods, treatments and philosophies, while recreation facilities at the resort include The Boulders Club and its award winning Tennis Garden, pools and restaurants.

One of America’s top golf resorts, The Boulders features two Jay Moorish championship courses that combine challenging greens with the dramatic beauty of the Sonoran Desert, with its ancient saguaros and spectacular granite boulders dotting the landscape.  These natural surroundings have been left untouched, framing the fairways and requiring accurate shots to avoid the deadly rough.  The two courses are backed by The Boulders Golf Academy, extensive practice facilities and The Boulders Club’s clubhouse and pool.  The Sonoran Desert also provides perfect playing conditions year round and at 2,560 feet above sea level, the air is crisp, the humidity low and the ball fly a bit farther!

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resorts – AAA Five Diamond Award

Scattered amidst giant boulders on 1,300 acres of colorful desert terrain, accommodations at The Boulders comprises Casitas, each featuring a private patio and wood-burning fireplace, an spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom Villas, and two- and three bedroom luxury Haciendas.  Six unique restaurants, cafés, and lounges serve innovative cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients.

The Waldorf Astoria Spa blends Eastern and western influences in its design, healing methods, treatments, and philosophies.  Wrapped around the twelve million year old boulders that give the resort its name, the spa blends the Zen-like atmosphere with the healing serenity of the desert.  A wide range of classic and innovative therapies are offered in 24 treatment spaces, rounded off by a beauty salon, fitness center, outdoor pool and spa café.

Recreation facilities at the resort include The Boulders Club and its award winning Tennis Garden, pool and restaurant, while the Concierge team will take care of organizing  choice of activities ranging from desert hikes and tours to horseback riding and hot air ballooning. 

Accommodations

160 Casitas, each with a private patio, wood-burning fireplace, A/C, ceiling fan, sitting area, work space, and flat screen TV.

55 one-, two-, and three bedroom Villas with full kitchen, full-size washer and dryer, private patio, and private driveway.

7 two- and three-bedroom Haciendas with full kitchen featuring Viking/Subzero appliances, full-size washer and dryer, master suite with fireplace, private patio, and private driveway with garage.

Amenities

In-room dining, Laundry/Valet Service, and Concierge

Limousine and airport shuttle service

Dining

Palo Verde (Southwestern)

The Grill Restaurant & Bar (All-American)

Spotted Donkey Cantina (Mexican)

Spa Café (Spa Cuisine)

Discovery Lounge (Light fare)

Bakery Café (Pastries & Sandwiches) 

Leisure

Pools: Lodge Pool, Spa Pool, Club Pool, and Villa Pool (for Villa guests only)

Jogging, Walking, and Biking trails

Tour and Activities desk

Tennis Garden (four premier hard courts, three premier cushioned courts, and one classic clay court)

2 18-hole Jay Moorish designed Courses 

Business

12,000 sq ft for 10 to 500 guests.  Tohono Conference Center (5,370 sq ft flexible floorplan). 12 Meeting rooms + 3 Executive Suites + Business Center

Waldorf Astoria Spa

33,000 sq ft facility featuring 24 treatment rooms, fitness center, movement studio, and yoga studio

Labyrinth, original tipi and Vichy treatment rooms

Beauty Salon, Spa Pool, and Spa Cafe

The Boulders Golf Club
The Boulders Golf Club

The Boulders Golf Club

Golf Magazine’s Gold Medal Award + Golf Digest’s Top 25 Best Golf Resorts

One of America’s top golf resorts, The Boulders features two Jay Moorish championship courses that combine challenging greens with the dramatic beauty of the Sonoran Desert, with its ancient saguaros and spectacular granite boulders dotting the landscape.  The Sonoran Desert also provides perfect playing conditions year round and at 2,560 feet above sea level, the crisp air, and the low humidity allows the ball to fly a bit farther! 

The two courses are backed by The Boulders Golf Academy, extensive practice facilities and The Boulders Club’s  clubhouse and pool.  The Resort has been awarded top honors, including Golf Magazine’s “Platinum Medal”, Golf Digest’s “Top 25 US Resorts”, and Links “Top Five – Best of the West”.

 

• North Course

Jay Moorish (1985) 18 holes - 6,950 yds - Par 72 - USGA 73.4 - Slope 144

The most famous of the two courses at the Boulders, the North Course features 18 scenic holes surrounded by dramatic giant boulder formations scatterd amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Sonoran Desert. The course is considered to be among the most demanding in the Southwest and will challenge players’ skill, while offering stunning views of the Black Mountain.

 

• South Course

Jay Moorish (1983) 18 holes - 7,707 yds - Par 71 - USGA 73.3 - Slope 146

The South Course made the most of the rugged desert beauty, where stunning views combine with challenging holes to provide a memorable golf round . The signature 5th hole features a green shaded by a giant rock outcropping and unmatched views of the surrounding desert. 

 

• The Boulders Golf Academy

"Golf simplified" system with digital video analysis and on-course playing lesson. 

"Women to the Fore" programme for women new to golf

- Practice Facilities: Driving range, short game area, sand play practice and putting green

 

• The Boulders Club

Proshop, The Grill Restaurant & Bar, Locker rooms, and Club pool


Scottsdale Golf

Scottsdale Golf

Scottsdale might rightly claim to be the world's finest golf destination. It's a bold claim, but with nearly 200 golf courses in the Scottsdale Area and 330 plus days of sunshine annually, it is easy to understand why. To this, you might add a host of resident PGA legends, There is also a great variety of courses, from traditional, tree-lined layout or desert, target-style design. Top golf courses in the Scottsdale Area are:

 

• Troon North Golf Club

- Monument Course (1989) Tom Weiskopf | 7,070 yds - Par 72 - CR 72.9 - Slope 147

- Pinnacle Course (1996) Tom Weiskopf | 7,025 yds - Par 72 - CR 73.0 - Slope 147

Troon North Golf stands as the hallmark of the desert golf experience, with two 18-hole golf courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills of the high Sonoran desert in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Both courses consistently rank at the top of the lists and new course renovations b designer and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf have created two new layouts with improved playability. By blending the two tracks together and changing the sequence in which the holes are played, the new design allows each layout to be played exactly as the land dictates, while still maintaining the courses' true character and integrity.

The golf courses and facilities at Troon North are operated by Troon Golf, one of the world's leading golf course management and development companies. | Troon North is a certified member of the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Public Course not to be confused with its namesake Troon Golf & Country Club private facility.

 

• Troon Golf & Country Club 

Tom Weiskopf (1985) & Jay Morrish (1995)  7,041 yds - Par 72 - CR 73.9 - Slope 146

Surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert at 2400 feet, Troon Country Club is a private golf club nestling within the golf community of Troon Village. For over 25 years, Troon's breathtaking desert layout has been ranked among the World’s top 100 golf courses. Although a true desert course, Troon's championship course has design similarities to its links namesake, Royal Troon in Scotland. The front nine is pretty straightforward, with well positioned bunkers and tight fairways bordered by desert rough that will swallow stray balls. The back nine is more scenic, stretching through rocky cnayons and playing over ravines. Desert golf at tis best and one of the top facilitiy in the area, but access is restricted to members and their Guests.

 

• The Estancia Club

Tom Fazio (1995) 7,314 yds - Par 72 - CR 74.3 - Slope 148

Arizona #1 and ranked amongst Amreica’s Top 100, The Estancia Club is set on a high desert plateau under the northern slope of Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale’s landmark. Stretching between boulder outcrops and saguaro cacti, the course occupies around 150 acres of the 640-acre of this prestigious gated golf development. The front nine runs along the base of the mighty granite Pinnacle, while the back nine climbs to higher ground with numerous elevation changes on their way back to the clubhouse, affording beautiful views over the city in the distance. Access is restricted to members and their Guests.

 

• TPC Scottsdale

- Stadium Course (1986) Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish | 18 holes - 7,216 yds - Par 71

- Champions Course (2007) Randy Heckenkemper | 18 holes - 7,115 yds - Par 71

TPC Scottsdale boasts two championship coures: the award-winning Stadium course, home to the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open and the all new Champions course, former Desert Course buit in 1987 by Jay Morrish and completely refurgished in 2007. Both courses feature undulating fairways, manicured greens and challenging bunkers. With breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains, both courses rival in beauty and challenge. 

 

• We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

- Sagaro Course (2006) Bill Coor & Ben Crenshaw | 18 holes - 6,966 yds - Par 71

- Cholla Course (2001) Scott Miller | 18 holes - 7,225 yds - Par 72

The architect took full advantage of the incomparable setting piece of the Yavapai Indian reservation, on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, with no real estae or road in sight, just plain desert landscape with breathtaking mountain views all around. Saguaro ranks amongst America’s Top 100 modern courses and the club’s two courses as #1 and 2. public facility in Arizona. 

Admiration and respect for the classic golf courses of the “Golden Age of Architecture” inspired Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore when designing Saguaro Course, integrating design elements not commonly found in desert course, the layout is built for walking and has more in common with older, more traditional courses than traditional desert target golf. Threading through a wide open expanse in the desert, Cholla preserves the essence and purity of desert-style golf. Overlooking the Verde and Salt River Valleys, Red Mountain and Superstition Mountains, the course also offers a visually rewarding experience.

 
Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona

Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona’s major attraction is one of the great natural wonders of the world - the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Yet, this is not the only place ofinterest in this desert states, as Arizona has 27 State Parks. The Sonoran Desert and Sagauro National Park feature typical desert scenery, with canyons, red cliffs and sandstone pinnacles, and the giant multi-armed Saguaro cactus, the landmark of the Arizonian landscape. The Painted Desert and the magnificent sandstone spires of Monument Valley, the spectacular Red Rock Country of Sedona, and the mountains and forests of Flagstaff are just some of Arizona's other natural attractions. Arizona is also home to five Indian reservations.

Arizona's capital city, Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of an ancient  Indian village to become a sprawling and bustling modern metropolis, the sixth largest city in the States. Its rapid urban growth has developped in the 'Valley of the Sun', encompassing the neighbouring towns of Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe and America's fastest-growing urban centre, claiming to have more five-star hotels than any other city in the country !

With luxurious resorts, upmarket shopping plazas, gastornomic restaurants and over 200 superb golf courses, together with over 300 days of sunshine a year, the area is a popular winter getaway and retirement destination, a Florida in the desert. Known as leisure and glamour destination, however the Valley of the Sun is also home to both the University of Phoenix and the University of Arizona, ensuring a huge student population.

 

Address & Contact

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

34631 N Tom Darlington Drive

Carefree, Arizona 85377

USA

 

Location

Sonoran Desert N of Scottsdale, 5 mi. from Carefree

Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor Int'l Airport (PHX), 33 mi.

Season

All year (Hotel & Golf)

Climate

Southern desert climate, tempered by the altitude (2,560 ft./780 m.) and the low humidity