Desert Forest Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7201
Slope 145
Rating 74.1
Type Private
Desert Forest Golf Club boasts a championship course that claims to be the first desert-style golf course ever built. During its construction in 1962, very little soil was moved or shaped in order to preserve the natural desert landscape. On this golf course there is grass all the way from the tees to the fast, sloped greens. Although there are no fairway bunkers, there is natural vegetation bordering the fairways to watch out for. No water hazards come into play but there are six dogleg fairways, four to the right and two to the left. Desert Forest Golf Club also has a chipping area and putting green for golfers to use.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7201 yards 74.1 145
Blue 72 6814 yards 72.2 139
Black 72 6514 yards 71.4 132
Silver (W) 72 6193 yards 75.8 133
Green (W) 72 5502 yards 71.9 126
White (W) 72 5179 yards 70.0 122
Scorecard for Desert Forest Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 75.5/149 404 456 168 441 464 371 551 231 533 3619 392 594 194 466 329 435 535 170 467 3582 7201
Blue M: 74.5/142 397 428 168 392 440 367 550 203 494 3439 392 573 194 449 329 378 523 170 415 3423 6862
Red M: 73.2/137 377 428 156 388 401 361 530 194 494 3329 390 571 175 440 309 368 514 165 417 3349 6678
Black M: 72.2/133 377 408 141 381 397 346 530 191 491 3262 371 553 169 416 297 368 505 159 402 3240 6502
Silver M: 70.4/129 W: 76.4/139 351 398 127 369 351 346 518 173 471 3104 357 540 153 393 297 349 496 148 353 3086 6190
Green M: 68.0/124 W: 74.0/131 276 346 127 312 351 295 464 147 431 2749 330 494 143 312 253 349 467 112 303 2763 5512
White M: 65.9/118 W: 71.1/128 276 346 118 312 311 284 404 147 431 2629 330 442 143 312 236 269 413 102 303 2550 5179
Copper M: 64.4/116 W: 69.0/123 276 328 106 312 311 252 370 117 361 2433 252 396 109 280 236 269 383 102 303 2330 4763
Handicap 7 1 15 11 3 13 5 17 9 8 2 16 4 14 12 6 18 10
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 5 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1962
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Red Lawrence (1962)

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required

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Pleasant private club in Carefree, HIstorical significance

I've played Desert Forest a number of times over the years as a guest. It's a pleasant course. Tee to green, it is straight forward, with minimal elevation changes and very few awkward shots. Once you get to the greens, it gets tough. Depending on the time of year, they can be very fast, and are very sloped. The course layout always reminds me a bit of Terravita, where the greens are also the real challenge. The fairways and layout are a bit similar as well, though Terravita is usually in better condition and is more interesting tee to green.

As far as where the DF course stands among its neighbors, i would place it in the second tier, with the first tier containing Scottsdale National, Troon CC, Desert Highlands, Whisper Rock, and some of the Desert Mountain tracks. I'll leave it to others to rank those within that tier.

Any local golfer with the opportunity to play here should jump on it, mostly for the historical value of DF. When built in the 70s it was the first desert "target" course. Even though the layout is dated by modern standards, it's still very interesting to see this early monument in golf course design.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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