SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--Three-time and reigning IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae has partnered with the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale to become its resident touring professional triathlete.
Desert Mountain, a private golf and recreational community that is ranked among the 10 top private residential clubs in the United States, offers its members six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf courses and diverse amenities for the entire family, including 15 miles of private hiking and biking trails across many elevations as well as other endurance-type activities.
“We’re very pleased to have Mirinda living and training at Desert Mountain as our resident touring professional athlete and ambassador,” said COO and General Manager Robert Jones, adding that while the club has built its reputation as a golf mecca, great Nicklaus golf is just the beginning. “The club will always be known for its stellar golf experience but more and more of our members are participating in triathlons, cycling and endurance activities.” He pointed out that publications like the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times have referred to the triathlon as ‘the new golf’, adding that Desert Mountain’s trails system and quiet winding roadways, lap pool and renowned tennis complex as well as its close proximity to Bartlett Lake, are conducive to endurance training. “That’s why we sought to bring into the Desert Mountain family one of the preeminent professionals in the triathlon world.”
“Scottsdale is one of my favorite places in the world to train, and I am so excited about being a part of the Desert Mountain family,” said Carfrae, an Australian who is currently training in her hometown of Boulder, Colo., for the 2015 IRONMAN World Championships in October. “The trail system is so stunningly beautiful, and the long run options are endless. The lap pool and the biking in and around the property and the swimming at Bartlett Lake make Desert Mountain the perfect place for all elements of triathlon training.” She added, “I have even booked a few golf lessons for after Kona and look forward to staying at Desert Mountain this next season.”
In addition to training at Desert Mountain, Carfrae will lead members on group bike rides and be available to speak with them about her training, diet and health regimen. She will also be a frequent user of the club’s fitness center and spa which is currently being renovated to add more than 17,000 square feet of space for a total of more than 42,600 square feet. The new facility will feature expanded fitness, training and group exercise areas, an enhanced spa and salon, a youth activities center and a new quick-serve café. It is scheduled to open in fall 2016.
Desert Mountain Director of Tennis, Fitness and Spa Matt Wooldridge explained that the traditional golf club model is evolving. “The expansion of health and fitness centers and the availability of a diverse range of sports and fitness opportunities are among the top 10 drivers of new club memberships today,” he said. “Rinny’s commitment to excellence, her tremendous dedication and her impeccable achievements at the highest level of her sport are consistent with the type of members and amenities that are a part of Desert Mountain. It will be great to see her swimming, biking and running, as well as recovering, around the Desert Mountain property, as she pushes the boundaries of her already incredible record. We all will be supporting her as she seeks her fourth IRONMAN World Championship in October.”
Carfrae will divide her time between Boulder, Desert Mountain, and Australia.
About Desert Mountain Club
The Desert Mountain Club is a private golf and recreational community that is ranked among the 10 top private residential clubs in the United States. For more than two decades, Desert Mountain has offered its members one of the greatest private golf and lifestyle experiences in the world. Home to six award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf courses, Desert Mountain also provides diverse amenities that the entire family can enjoy in a stunning location in Scottsdale, Ariz. It is also the home of the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center, dedicated to one of the greatest instructors of all time and Desert Mountain’s PGA Director of Instruction from 1987-2005. The center features the most advanced technology in the industry today. Six architecturally-distinct clubhouses offer nine restaurants and grills. The Desert Mountain Tennis Complex at the Sonoran fitness center, which is currently undergoing expansion, features nine lighted courts with three surfaces—hard, clay and grass—as well as stadium seating. For those seeking a true wilderness experience, Desert Mountain offers horseback riding and luxury camping at The Ranch, located within a pristine natural preserve in the community. An award-winning 15-mile private hiking and biking trail system shares frontage with national forest land. For information, visit www.kolanders.com or contact James Kolander at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-326-5775.
About Mirinda Carfrae
Mirinda Carfrae is a renowned Australian professional triathlete and three-time and reigning IRONMAN World champion. Carfrae achieved podium positions in all six of her attempts at the IRONMAN World Championships: three gold (2010, 2013, 2014), two silver (2009 and 2011), and a bronze (2012). She was also world champion at the 2007 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. Carfrae holds the IRONMAN Championship course record (8:52:14, set in 2013). On her debut in 2009, she set a new course record for the marathon of 2:56:51. She again set new course records for the marathon in 2010 (2:53:32), 2011 (2:52:09), 2013 (2:50:38) and 2014 (2:50:26). Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae looks forward to pushing herself again at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championships. For more information on Mirinda Carfrae, please contact Wendy Ingraham at email@example.com, Shannon Delaney at Shannon@pchsports.com or visit www.mirindacarfrae.com