Striking visuals highlight the South Course at Boulders Resort in Scottsdale
CAREFREE, Ariz. -- The South Course at Boulders Resort is one of two 18-hole courses at the luxury golf resort and spa just north of Scottsdale in Carefree, Ariz. The South Course and the next-door North Course, which were designed by Jay Morrish, are semi-private and wind around 12-million-year-old boulder formations. Each holds a reputation among the best-conditioned and serviced golf clubs in the Scottsdale area.
While the North plays slightly longer, it's the South that has some of the resort's most striking visuals. Oddly enough, while the North has a championship tee box rating .7 higher, the South's slope is higher at 140 to 137. It's tough to really say which is the tougher of the two plays, as both put a premium on accuracy thanks to fairways weaving through dense desert.
But it's the South that has some of the most spectacular holes on the property. The par-5 fifth hole heads toward the largest of the boulder formations set behind the green. The par-3 seventh features a tee box that plays right beside "Rosie's Rock," a formation of boulder teetering atop another.
Guests of the Waldorf Astoria-brand, casita-style resort have preferred access to the courses and can book up to 90 days in advance, while the general public can play the course on a space available basis. Also at the golf club is a restaurant, full driving range and short game practice area.
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