Desert Highlands Golf Club Scottsdale
The Desert Highlands Golf Club, first established in 1983, showcases an award-winning golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. This 18-hole, par 72 course is a desert course with areas of rugged desert landscape abutting the greens and fairways. The resulting “target golf” effect enhances the dramatic look of the course. Desert Highlands is the renowned site of the first and second Skins Games in 1983 and 1984, featuring Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.
Quick Facts about Desert Highlands Golf Club
- Golf Course Designed by Jack Nicklaus
- 18-hole course, par 72
- Five sets of Men’s tees from 7072 yards to 5807 yards
- Three sets of Ladies’ tees from 5807 yards to 5025 yards
Membership with Desert Highlands Golf Club is exclusive to homeowners in the Desert Highlands community. A one-time, $75,000 membership fee, upon purchasing a home, grants new members unlimited access to the Golf Course, Practice Areas and Putting Course, as well as the Tennis Courts, Fitness Center, Clubhouse, Pool and Concierge. Monthly dues of $1,225 cover both the club dues and homeowner’s association fee. There is also a special capital assessment of $70 per month until 2022 for the 2013 clubhouse restoration. Desert Highlands Golf Club does not offer Social memberships or any alternate memberships.
The extensive, 60,000 sq. ft. par 41 Putting Course allows members to brush up on their short game on a full 18-hole course. It was built as the first of its kind in America. This professionally designed putting course can also be a great place for “non-golfers” to grab a club and enjoy the temperate climate and beautiful sunshine that Arizona is known for.
Desert Highlands Golf Club’s practice range, serviced by full-time range personnel, includes several practice stations and unlimited complimentary range balls. It has separate pitching/chipping areas, a number of sand practice areas and a practice putting green.
The 30,000 sq. ft. elegant clubhouse blends perfectly with the surrounding landscape. It features Men’s and Ladies’ Locker Rooms, both with personal lockers and dressing room amenities, as well as showers and Card Rooms. Shoe valet service is provided, and complimentary snack and beverage services are available as well. The Clubhouse also provides casual and fine dining against a warm Sonoran backdrop. The Desert Highlands clubhouse is currently under renovation to upgrade and enhance the facility for members. The new clubhouse will feature additional casual and outdoor dining spaces to enjoy the surrounding views.
The Halfway House offers a diverse breakfast and lunch menu of various soups, salads, sandwiches and beverages.
Golf Course Rules
Desert Highlands has no restrictions regarding walking versus riding. 61 tee times are available daily (a maximum of 244 players), and these can be booked 7 days in advance. The average time given for play is 4 hours and 7 minutes.
Of the 90 electric golf carts, two-thirds are replaced once every two years. Private carts are not allowed.
Individual golf instruction is available everyday through a variety of programs such as Video Analysis, private lessons, or golf schools. Custom golf club fitting is offered, and regular clinics are held for players of all skill levels.
The 1600 sq. ft. Pro Shop is professionally staffed and stocked with the best brands and fine golf apparel.
Golf Course Utilization
It is easy to reserve tee times at Desert Highlands. Since the much of the community is comprised of seasonal of part-time residents, many members utilize the club for just a few weeks out of the year. 376 members make up 98% of all rounds played. There is one Thursday Ladies’ League and two Tuesday Men’s Leagues.
Average male handicap – 16.33
Average female handicap – 28.63
Desert Highlands Golf Club has received a number of awards and accolades.
“America’s Top 100 Golf Courses” by Golf Digest since 1984
“Best Private Golf Courses in the US” by Golf Digest in 2000 and 2002
“The Best Courses in Arizona” by Golf Digest 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009
“Number One Private Golf Course in Arizona” by The Best of Arizona Business 2003 and 2004
“America’s Best 100 Residential Golf Courses” by Golfweek 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
“America’s Top 100 Golf Communities” by Travel and Leisure Golf 2006, 2007, and 2008
Thinking of buying a home at Desert Highlands Golf Club? Use an experienced North Scottsdale Realtor – Carmen Brodeur. Carmen welcomes your calls at (602) 791-0536, or you can email her at Carmen@TopScottsdaleHomes.com.