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

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4.5
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Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Horrible

I have played this course multiple times and it has been great in the past. This time it was absolutely horrible bunkers were like hitting off of concrete every green on every hole was in terrible condition and not to mention the staff was rude from start to finish. Wish I could write a better review because the views are great! I will never be playing here again wish I could get my money back!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/15/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions and staffing not living up to your expectations. Please contact the Head Golf professional Dean Ballard to further discuss. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Boulders North

Even though they are getting ready to over seed the course it was very good condition. Like most courses the bunkers needed work & golfers still don't think they leave ball marks. Always enjoy the challenge & sights at the Boulders. Staff was very friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/06/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. Glad you enjoy the round. See you again soon

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

Wild life

Course was fun. Some blind shots especially for a first time playing this course. Little upgrades are being done so couldn’t use putting green and very wet greens in the morning. A few sand traps had only mud in them. The wildlife was great! Coyotes, snakes, hawks, found a deer hoof on fairway and a dead bobcat by a green. If the greens were consistent speed I would give a 5 star..

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/01/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. Glad you enjoy the round. See you again soon

Played On
Reviews 2
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Shabby conditions

The traps were hard and had little sand. They looked like they were about to redo them (I would hope). The greens were encircled with crabgrass. The fairways were spotty.
The driving range was closed while they overseed South course. The problem was we weren’t told by GolfNow and the website for the boulders did not list that either. Unacceptable!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/01/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We are having challenges with Goose Grass that is caused by the amount of moister we have had this summer. We should have the courses back in tip top condition in a couple weeks. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

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Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Over rated

Course was in terrible shape. Dead patches in fairways and near greens, bad traps, grab grass surrounding greens. Clearly a course living off its past reputation.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 09/23/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We are having challenges with Goose Grass that is caused by the amount of moister we have had this summer. We should have the courses back in tip top condition in a couple weeks. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Great layout, fun course, not any severe undulation and elevation changes. Scenic, greens need a liitle help in spots after season-long play, good where not dried out & injured, good fairways & teeboxes.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/23/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We have begun the winter rye seeding process and all the summer time issue will be all gone. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

Tee boxes plush, fairways excellent. Greens not so good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 09/23/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We are having challenges with Goose Grass that is caused by the amount of moister we have had this summer. We should have the courses back in tip top condition in a couple weeks. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

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Commented on 09/21/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We are having challenges with Goose Grass that is cause by the amount of moister we have had this summer. We should have the courses back in tip top condition in a couple weeks. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

North Course

When I booked my tee time every review was favorable. The day before my scheduled golf day, the reviews warned about the greens and the surrounding fringes. Lots of small brown areas of dead grass were dotted throughout the greens. The fringes were full of weeds and just plain old dirt.
The staff was great and that’s what bumped their overall rating up. I will return and hopefully the course conditions will have improved.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/21/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We are having challenges with Goose Grass that is cause by the amount of moister we have had this summer. We should have the courses back in tip top condition in a couple weeks. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

WAY OVERPRICED FOR THE CONDITION

MOST OF THE GREENS WERE IN VERY POOR SHAPE. WOMEN'S TEES ARE AN AFTER THOUGHT. TRAPS WERE IN POOR CONDITION, AND EVEN THE FAIRWAYS NEEDED WORK. MY ROUND WAS FAR MORE EXPENSIVE THAN GRAYHAWK, FOR MUCH WORSE CONDITIONS. GETTING THE CART WAS CHAOTIC AND THE CADDIE TAKING THE CART AT THE END WAS SIMPLY RUDE.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/01/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We have begun the winter rye seeding process and all the summer time issue will be all gone. Please reach out to The Golf shop to further discuss other issues. Ask for Dean Ballard Head Professional - Thank you

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course condition

I was really surprised of the poor condition. There was way too many weeds around the greens to be acceptable. The greens were in poor shape.
The Grass was too long in the Tee boxes.
Once you placed your tee. You could hardly see your ball.
The practice putting green was in horrible shape.
I found the condition shocking.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/18/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We are having challenges with Goose Grass that is cause by the amount of moister we have had this summer. We should have the courses back in tip top condition in a couple weeks. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wont be back anytime soon-

I have golfed this course many times and this is the 1st time Im leaving being highly disappointed!

First the Good-
Friendly Staff checking In and at Bag Dropoff
Front 9 we cruised, 2hrs and 10 mins. Big thumbs up to that!

Now the Bad-
Back 9 they let out Members (Waited over 15mins to Tee off after Front 9) than waited anywhere from 5 to 8mins on every Tee Box
Course wasnt in the Best of Conditions
Fairways were good
Greens really bad and alot of dead spots on them, Fringe was Mud or Crab Grass and couldnt putt thru most of it
Bunkers next to No Sand, alot of Rocks and Grass in them
Stopped in for a Bagel at turn and Bartender had the Personality of a Stale Bran Muffin
And with all the Not Good above they still charged 119, Course shouldve been No more than 70 bucks at best

Hopefully they turn things around as this is Normally a really great Course

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/18/2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We would like to apologize for the course conditions not living up to your expectations. We are having challenges with Goose Grass that is cause by the amount of moister we have had this summer. We should have the courses back in tip top condition in a couple weeks. Looking forward to you giving The Boulders a second chance. Hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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