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The Boulders

The Boulders – South Course in Carefree, AZ

I forgot a group picture again, so here’s Steve putting one on the green

The Stats

Tee Time: September 9, 2012, 10:10, 91 F, Gusty

Designer: Jay Morrish (1991)

Playing Partners: Steve Walker

Tees: Blue/White, Par 71 (70.8 rating/136 slope/6,421 yards)

Course Handicap: 14 (11.7 index)

Stats: 89 (45-44); 26 putts; 6/13 fairways; 4/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

The Boulders, a top 100 public golf course according to Golf Magazine, presents everything great about Arizona golf. Desert scenery (the version with soaring saguaros, wind-rounded rocks and colorful mesas, not the barren expanses of badlands only Les Stroud would enjoy), exciting target golf and numerous complimentary amenities. Set in the upper elevation of Carefree, about 45 minutes north of the Phoenix of airport, the whole course is secluded among the hills and winds throughout the villas and homes at The Boulders Resort, a Waldorf Astoria property. While nothing has yet matched the awesomeness of Troon North, The Boulders is very similar, like a Troon North for higher handicappers. Misses are not as devastating, the greens are easier to read and the fairways don’t roll balls into desert rock. That being said, the Boulders is a course that needs to be played smart, as I discovered after a great tee shot on the par-5 5th hole that left 240 yards to the green. It turned out ignoring the way the landing area to the green narrowed like the center of an hourglass brings ol’ #7 back onto the scorecard. This is one of several examples where the risks do not outweigh the potential glory of eagles. Continue reading The Boulders