Group activities at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain turn participants into chili chefs, glow golfers, astronomers, wine blenders, margarita mixologists and more, with a special opportunity even available for the custom fitting of cowboy boots and hats.
Highlights of the resort’s group activities and teambuilding program include:
Glow Golf pairs attendees with golf pros in a memorable evening of glow putting and chipping challenges for novice and experienced golfers alike. Playing on expansive putting green illuminated by the glow of custom-created putting holes complete with natural hazards, guests use glow golf balls to navigate the lighted holes, and even chip from a driving range towards a flag outlined in glow attire.
Event members experience a journey into the magnificent Tortolita Mountains and explore areas which the Hohokam Indians inhabited so many years ago. Experienced guides lead guests along National Geographic-mapped desert trails and as well as colorful commentary.
Group Ranch Adventures
Groups can experience the authentic cowboy spirit of the Old West offered by The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in conjunction with The White Stallion Ranch, a century-old working cattle ranch. Guests enjoy daily or sunset horseback, trail and hayrides, and take part in live cattle penning or the Saturday Rodeo -- a 60-year tradition narrated with an eye to the history and tradition of ranching and rodeo in the West. Back at the ranch or underneath the stars, participants then dust off their boots, enjoy hearty cowboy grub, and witness the ever-changing hues of a brilliant mountain sunset in the Southwest.
Surrounded by majestic mountains, magnificent and rare Saguaro cactus and fresh desert air, guests begin the day with a centering yoga class, led by one of the resort’s certified yoga instructors. In the class, the focus is on stretching, mental relaxation and overall wellness, and a special enhancement is a follow-up, spa-inspired healthy continental breakfast served in a private location exclusively for group guests.
Participants will enjoy a visual journey thousands of miles into clear night skies, as knowledgeable astronomers lead a group stargazing session using high-powered telescopes. One of the astronomy capitals of the world, Tucson offers up expansive skies in which to view constellations, planets, stars and the moon. A delicious addition to this activity is a “Stargazing Dessert” station.
Wine Blending Class
Many of the best wines in the world are blends of individual varietals, and participants learn how to distinguish the characteristics of red varietals and how they can be blended to create a better, more complex wine. By the end of the class, guest will be able to create their own signature wine blends.
Dining in the Desert
Guests tour the high Sonoran Desert in an open air Jeep, enjoying the strikingly beautiful desert plants and wildlife and ending their journey surrounded by 20-foot high saguaro and other native cactus. A chef will prepare a lunch or dinner buffet for the hungry explorers. Cactus and other desert products can be incorporated into the menu, giving guests a true “taste” of the Sonoran Desert.