A Five-Star Scottsdale Foursome

The Boulders, JW Marriott Scottsdale and more make Scottsdale near-perfect

With Coloradans basking in unbridled excitement over our beloved Broncos, it might be a fool’s task to talk about a Scottsdale golf vacation right now.

Still, with Old Man Winter gripping the Rockies and Front Range, it’s easy to succumb to Scottsdale’s warm-weather pursuits and near-perfect golf venues. Here’s a short list of what makes our easy-to-reach southern neighbor such a delectable distraction:

The Boulders, pictured above: Singular recreation, award-winning dining, expectation-exceeding guest services and those impossibly gorgeous granite boulder piles underscore The Boulders in Carefree. At the forefront are 36 holes of alluring Jay Morrish-designed target golf where off-fairway miscues are ruthlessly punished. Never has a lost ball felt so Zen like.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North: Astonishingly inviting and intimate, the Four Seasons is celebrated for self-indulgent amenities and luxe, Santa Fe-styled lodging. Guests also revel in hard-to-get golf privileges at nearby Troon North, whose Tom Weiskopf- and Jay Morrish-designed routings are regarded among the finest in America.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: This premier resort property has made an art form of crafting memory-filled vacations with eye-candy architecture, five-star cuisine, a dazzling spa and fitness complex and playing privileges at the two courses at adjacent Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, annual host to the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn, Resort & Spa: Among the Southwest’s more popular resort getaways, Camelback’s enticing incentives include a stunning foothills location, 27,000-square-foot spa, six restaurants, heated swimming pools and a lighted tennis complex. Plus, it now features Ambiente, a new course designed by Fry/Straka (nee Hurdzan/Fry) Global Golf Course Design that replaces Camelback's outdated Indian Bend 18. The Padre 18 remains.


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Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com