Desert Mountain Club
With the opening of a seventh course at the Desert Mountain Club, it’s easy to assume this 8,000-acre private club community in Scottsdale, Ariz., is all about the golf. It is to an extent, but there’s so much more to explore and enjoy at 4,500 feet in elevation in the Sonoran Desert. Desert Mountain is essentially a giant playground for adults (and children) where they can live and play whatever suits their fancy.
Desert Mountain ranks among the finest private golf and recreational communities in the world, recognized as a Distinguished Club from Boardroom Magazine. It is among the top 100 Platinum Golf and Country Clubs in the world and the only club in Arizona to be ranked in the top 20.
Desert Mountain offers six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses operating with four different clubhouses and multiple practice facilities. It all started with the ground-breaking Renegade course built in the 1980s. Nicklaus designed a flexible routing where each hole offered two pin placements – a white pin usually set forward on the green for easier access and a gold pin in a more difficult spot on the same double green or a different green altogether. Nicklaus returned to renovate and modernize Renegade, which reopens in 2019 with a fresh new look including more playable features and tee boxes. An entirely new community of 190 new custom homes is rising up around course No. 7, a new par-3 course by architects Bill Brownlee and Wendell Pickett. This 18-hole, par-54 course debuting in April 2019 is be perfect for quick rounds, golfers of all abilities, practice or just plain fun.
The sleek clubhouse with all-glass walls should prove to be a popular hangout spot, whether it’s happy hour, dinner or a sunset you seek. Both courses (along with Apache) will be bentgrass, meaning they will be in prime shape when the Bermudagrass courses at Desert Mountain are in the process of being overseeded in the spring and fall. Conversely, when Renegade in the summer, the Bermudagrass of the other four courses will be thriving under the desert sun. Desert Mountain members will have access to excellent conditions year-round.
Before and after golf, there’s still much to love about living at Desert Mountain. The community is home to a newly remodeled spa and fitness center, tennis on three surfaces, and nine restaurants, plus 15 miles of private trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and luxury camping at The Ranch. A slew of social events and special experiences crafted by the Desert Mountain team keeps members and their guests engaged and entertained all year long.