Next month, the Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, Ariz., part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, will unveil the $4 million renovation of its two championship golf courses.
The project included upgrades to all bunkers on both Jay Morrish-designed layouts. An advanced drainage and liner system was added to the bunkers to increase water-flow speed, minimize washouts, reduce maintenance and produce superior playability. The South Course was resurfaced with TifEagle turf and a new, state-of-the-art pump station that delivers more efficient irrigation to keep the turf healthy.
“We are committed to investing in our world-class golf resort and keeping the Boulders at the top of the list for destination golf meetings,” said the resort's general manager, John Maskovich.
The 219-room property, which sits on 1,300 acres within the lush Sonoran Desert foothills, offers several group-specific golf options. In addition to course buyouts, programs include “Dine & Dash,” where participants, paired up in golf carts, follow clues to find various culinary delights at scenic spots; and “Night Glow on the 6th Fairway,” where dinners or evening receptions can be set up on the course and guests can take rides on a brightly lit hot-air balloon.
The Boulders also features 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Tohono Conference Center that offers a 5,400-square-foot ballroom, the Sunset Terrace, a business center and a boardroom. The property also has a 33,000-square-foot spa with 24 treatment rooms, a labyrinth, a fitness center, a movement studio, a yoga studio, and an organic garden. The resort has five on-site dining outlets.
In addition to golf, experiences offered by the resort include tennis, rock-climbing, horseback-riding, guided desert hikes, mountain-biking, hot-air balloon rides, desert Jeep tours, stargazing and moonlight bike tours.