Work Underway on Upscale Resort Project in Arizona


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC is teaming up with Cottonwood Properties and Greenbrier Southwest Corporation to develop a 250-room golf and spa resort in the high Sonoran desert, northwest of Tucson, Ariz. Located in Marana, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will feature a resort/residential community that will include 36 holes of golf along with single-family residences. The $160 million project will be the second Ritz-Carlton in Arizona, joining the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix.

"We have long hoped to open a world-class resort in the Arizona desert, and we believe the Dove Mountain project, which includes Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses and a 17,000-square-foot spa, will appeal to affluent leisure travelers as well as groups seeking a resort for meetings in a luxury environment," said Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. "For homeowners desiring either a vacation retreat or a Sonoran Desert home, the Dove Mountain location offers the serenity of an exclusive desert setting and private homes, plus the added convenience of the city of Tucson less than 30 minutes away."

The investment in the project's hotel, golf club and infrastructure totals over $276 million. The project is a collaboration involving the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC of Chevy Chase, Md.; Cottonwood Properties of Tucson; and Greenbrier Southwest Corporation of Scottsdale. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, through an affiliate, is a part-owner in the hotel and will manage the golf club and residences.

"The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will be the quintessential high Sonoran Desert resort," said Tim Bolinger, a partner in Greenbrier Southwest Corporation with his wife Casey. "Nestled into a canyon in the Tortolita Mountains, the resort's spectacular surroundings will remain that way forever."

"The hotel, golf club and residences are all designed with authentic Southwestern architecture and carefully sited into this dramatic Sonoran Desert landscape," said Casey Bolinger. "The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will be like nothing else in the world."

The resort at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain - designed by HKS Hill Glazier Studios of Palo Alto, Calif. - will be a low-rise, four story building comprised of adobe block, straw-flecked stucco, clay tile and native stone. It will contain 226 guest rooms and suites, while a nearby structure will house 24 casita rooms and suites. Every guestroom and suite will offer views of the desert. The landscape includes desert vegetation, rock formations and ancient petroglyphs. The 2,400-acre Tortolita Mountain Park borders Dove Mountain to the north.

The resort will offer a range of amenities and features to appeal to travelers as well group meetings and special events. It will contain two ballrooms of 9,000 and 4,800 square feet, three restaurants, a 17,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, 20 miles of hiking trails, and tennis and swim facilities.

Also involved are two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature courses. Twenty-seven holes are under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2008, with an additional nine to debut in 2010. "Golf course design has been a blessing for me," said Nicklaus. "It has allowed me to take what I learned playing the game of golf and apply it to a piece of ground to create a legacy that will live well beyond what I accomplished as a golfer. If I can design The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain to take advantage of its spectacular high desert setting and beautiful vistas, while integrating solid strategy and good, fair golf shots, then I've done what should be done."

Dove Mountain will also feature an approximately 50,000-square-foot clubhouse complex, complete with a pool, fitness center, locker rooms and several dining areas. Outside will be a double-ended practice facility.

Heritage Links of Houston is constructing the initial 18 holes, and Weitz Golf will build the third nine. The clubhouse is designed by Douglas Fredrikson Architects.

Approximately 300 home sites are part of the project. The single-family homes will border the golf courses and open space alongside the Tortolita Mountains. While final pricing is being finalized, the homes are expected to start at $1.5 million. The residences will incorporate wood and stone flooring, custom closet fixtures, special wall finishes and the finest appliances, all included in the base price. Homeowners will enjoy concierge service, personalized home management, landscaping, housekeeping, valet, catering and room service from the resort, as well as access to golf, fitness, swimming and tennis facilities.

For additional information, call 520/572-2700 or 877/572-2770, or visit www.theresidencesdovemountain.com.      


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