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The Golf Course at Dove Mountain: Behind the scenes with “Breaking Par”

Breaking Par,” the number one golf show on Fox Sports Arizona, recently completed a feature segment on The Golf Course at Dove Mountain. The program, billed as “not your grandpa’s afternoon golf program,” is on a mission to inspire the next generation of golf enthusiasts.

Below is a sneak peak, but do take the time to view The Golf Course at Dove Mountain on your streaming device or desktop by clicking: Breaking Par at The Course at Dove Mountain. You’ve got to see it to believe it.

One of the finest golf communities in the southwest.

The show’s executive producer and host Ryan Johnson said,” The course at Dove Mountain is one of the finest golf communities in the southwest and lives up to its reputation as the place where legend meets luxury in the high Sonoran Desert.”

“Breaking Par” includes some stunning footage.

The segment captures spectacular footage of the course and the resort-style community that surrounds it. “The entire Dove Mountain property is stunning and golf legend Jack Nicklaus went ‘beast mode’ in designing the course,” Johnson explained.


The course is equal parts challenging and enjoyable.
Dove Mountain’s signature course played host to the PGA WGC Accenture Match Play Championship for six years. The event attracted the top 64 players in the world including legends like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. And for many golfers today, the course is a bucket list item that’s equal parts challenging and enjoyable.

During the segment, Dove Mountain Director of Instruction Keenan Holt takes Johnson on a tour of his favorite sections of the course with its 27 signature holes within three nines — Saguaro (the front nine), Wild Burro (the narrow nine) and Tortolita (the back nine) — all with spectacular views.

In fact, Holt recommends bringing a camera because the vistas and views are so incredible. He explains, “It’s like golfing in the middle of Saguaro National Park with our resident bobcats, deer and more.”

Meet the Hillmans, year-round golf-home residents.

The absolute best way to learn about any community is to talk to those who live there. You’ll meet the Hillmans, Kim and John.

Originally from Chicago, they knew they wanted to live in Arizona. Originally, they had their sites on property in Scottsdale, but after one day in Dove Mountain, they fell in love with the community and knew it was the place they wanted to call home.

Today they live in a gorgeous home just off the Burro nine.

“One of the most attractive aspects of living here is the aesthetics of the homes,” Kim said. “The homes blend into this amazing Sonoran Desert backdrop.” She also says she was amazed by the amount of friendly and genuinely kind people who live in Dove Mountain.

John shared that he especially loves playing late afternoon golf. “It’s when the sun starts to set and you look down the valley and see the hundreds of silhouettes of majestic saguaros. It’s spectacular.”

John also shared that he and Kim love having a world-class resort just a half mile up the road with its spa, pools and restaurants. Mostly he said, they love the outdoors and, while playing golf is a top priority, they also enjoy hiking the nearby mountains trails.

“We are living the dream.”
Kim Hillman said she feels that she and John found their piece of paradise at Dove Mountain. “We literally wake up every day and say ‘wow’ this is real.”

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