34631 N Tom Darlington Dr, Carefree, Arizona 85262, US
(480) 488-9009
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About The Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale

Located in Carefree just north of Scottsdale is the Boulders Resort, a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton. This 1,200-acre resort and community features striking, millions-year-old boulder formations and two, 18-hole golf courses that encircle them. The resort is a village compound with spacious casitas with private balconies, as well as a handful of villas and homes for rent. The golf club features two courses, the North and South, as well as a driving range and golf academy. Boulders is well known for its Golden Door Spa with 33,000 square feet and 24 treatment rooms, plus a wide variety of fitness classes and programming. There are five dining concepts, highlighted by the Spotted Donkey Cantina, well known locally for its Mexican fare. The beauty and tranquility of the Sonoran Desert is on full, luxurious display at the Boulders Resort.

Facts

Price Range$$$$, $$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres1200
Year Opened1985
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual
Room TypesSuite, Villas/Casitas
PoolAdults Only
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

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Golf courses at The Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale

Reviews

4.4
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Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging & Scenic But…

Played the south course, was on our bucket list. The layout will make you play target golf to particular spot for your approach into the green, some blind shots. The courses is in good shape, but has fast and firm fairways with rock hard greens that will reject good shots which is frustrating. Adding to the frustration is poana in the greens. These were the worst greens we’ve played on all month, Might be back if they address the green issues. For the money there are much better options in the area.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

AMAZING 🔥🔥🔥

One of the hardest and most beautiful 18 holes if players, but definitely opportunity to challenge myself and my game. Service team was awesome and we felt welcomed throughout the round. We have stayed at The Boulders before( many times), and had never played this course. I am so thankful for the opportunity to do so. Looking forward to coming back here soon and beating my previous score.👍😎⛳

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

AMAZING 🔥

I have stayed at this resort many time, but never have got to play the course. This course is pristine and challenging. There are many great par 3's and par 4's. Fairways look narrow, but open up. We loved it and look forward to beating my score next time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Boulders South is a great challenge

I enjoyed the design of the course. The tee boxes and fairways were in great shape. The greens rolled well and were fast but too firm. The south course has several long walks to the next tee box. Everyone at the club was gratious and helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Very nice course

Course has a very nice layout., but it is difficult with the rough down. Balls can. Easily runoff into the desert.

The fairways and tee boxes were very nice. The greens rolled well but were very very firm. Tough to hit a ball close .

This is a scenic course.it is walkable but there are 4 or 5 long walks to the next tee box.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Terrible course conditions

Terrible course conditions for the price. Greens are terrible. Charging those prices based on name and location. Would recommend playing elsewhere.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Recent course changes

Visitors are no longer allowed to play the North course. This was not clear at all until you get there. The Morth course is longer and allows more driver use. Not ideal but the South course was still beautiful and challenging

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Boulders South - Beautiful and Challenging

The Boulders South course offers a fair challenging experience with significant ambience. The views and boulder formations are outstanding. The conditioning is great. On the expensive side, but a worthy golfing experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 44
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Good course layout but didn't enjoy due to poor pace of play

Played the South course. The layout and conditions were good. Navigating the tee boxes for a first-timer is challenging. Pace of play was horrendous. We had a 5hr 25min round. Just painful. Didn't enjoy the round as I should have after paying $195.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Absolutely NOT worth the price!!

WAY overpriced!!! Driving range, chipping green, and putting green were all in sub par condition. On course the layout is challenging and fun but the condition made it almost unacceptable! The greens were rock hard and had lots of diseased grass on them. The greens also had a slick feeling to them when the putter was placednon the turf, very strange.
Lot of chewed up spots on the fairways and the tee boxes were horrendous. The staff from bag drop till cart drop was amazing though. And one last note...smuggle your OWN drinks in!!! Paid $100 for 3 beers and 3 seltzers from the Beer Truck on course!

We played Troon North the day before for 2/3 the price and it was immaculate!!

I would definitely NOT recommend The Boulders to anyone! They wont be seeing us again!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens

Greens were rock hard and worse shape I"ve ever seen. Played Estrella today and greens perfect.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Do not play until greens are fixed

Horrendous greens. Rock hard. Even with a ton of spin, it's not holding up on the green. Grass is dead. No ball marks at all. Ruined the round.

Driving range was mat only. Even if you wanted to hit in front of the mats, it was all dirt. Several holes cart path only.

No food/drink at the turn, only food available on the course was overcooked hot dogs from the cart girl.

Cool boulders that were the backdrop of several holes. Course has potential if Troon dumps money into it.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Greens are gone

Play here a few times a year. Played south course. They completely replaced the greens a couple years ago. Well, they lost them. They’re just painted dead grass. They’re hard so it takes high VERY spinny shots to stop on one. Even those shots leave very little ball mark and if you do fix it, it’s just dirt and crumbles (no root zone). Greens are the most important part of the course yet they’re still charging full rate and don’t say a word about it before ya head out. If you have another option, take it. At least for the rest of this season.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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