Desert Highlands Golf Club

3.0000000000 3.0 stars from 5 (1)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7072 yards
  • Slope: 151
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

  • 10040 E Happy Valley Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255, Maricopa County
  • (480) 419-3745, (480) 585-8521
  • (480) 585-7333
  • deserthighlandsscottsdale.com
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Year built: 1983
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1983)
Type: Private
Style: Desert
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required, no denim
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7072 yards 73.9 151
Blue 72 6709 yards 72.1 141
White 72 6279 yards 69.8 136
Gold 72 5807 yards 73.5 135
Red 72 5401 yards 71.3 129
Green 72 5025 yards 69.1 122

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 1.0 stars from 5
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"Arizona's best course ruined by terrible greens"


SarajasJ's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

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I've played Desert Highlands a number of times since the 90s. I have relatives that bring me as a guest. Back in those days, the course was perfect- certainly the best in AZ and one of the best in the US. It has incredible routing- unique holes that make you consider every shot. You need to bring your best game to DH, as there are no easy holes. Nicklaus should be (and probably is) proud of how well he capitalized on a perfect piece of golf real estate.
Here's the issue- some dozen+ years ago they changed the greens from a bent surface to a hybrid grass. The biggest problem is these surfaces won't hold well-hit shots... they are so unreceptive, even after years. Additionally, the greens are inconsistent and don't roll true. And cosmetically they look awful. Having played almost every private club in AZ, I would rank the quality of the greens last among peer clubs. They are THAT BAD.
It is such a massive shame too... the layout kills every other course in the area. Estancia, Troon, Desert Forest, Whisper Rock- all of these can't touch DH from a layout perspective, but every single one has far better greens.
Earlier this year I sat with some of the other top golfers in the club in the men's grill... they mentioned severe management issues (staff and board). It's too bad, because the club is great other than one major, major flaw.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


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