Desert Highlands Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7108
Slope 150
Rating 74.0
Type Private
Desert Highlands Golf Club boasts famous players such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson and the club's course is even a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. That being said, the club is highly exclusive, there have even been rumors of famous golfers being turned down for play. The challenging course has a target-style design and a desert landscape, which can prove to be quite hazardous around the fairways. The greens are large and undulating. There are large bunkers present throughout as well as water hazards that come into play on a few holes. In addition to the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, Desert Highlands Golf Club also offers a putting course.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Nicklaus 72 7108 yards 74.0 150
Highlands 72 6957 yards 73.5 146
Palmer 72 6740 yards 72.4 140
Member 72 6532 yards 71.3 136
Player 72 6303 yards 70.4 132
Gentlemen 72 6012 yards 69.0 128
Watson (W) 72 5815 yards 73.4 135
Watson 72 5815 yards 67.9 126
Back Combo (W) 72 5602 yards 72.9 131
Middle (W) 72 5384 yards 71.7 129
Front Combo (W) 72 5207 yards 71.2 124
Front (W) 72 4933 yards 70.2 121
Scorecard for Desert Highlands 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
Nicklaus M: 74.0/150 350 580 450 205 419 428 188 444 565 3629 406 563 173 394 418 146 242 574 563 3479 7108
Highlands M: 73.5/146 350 513 450 205 399 428 176 444 565 3530 406 546 162 378 418 138 242 574 563 3427 6957
Palmer M: 72.4/140 333 513 407 176 399 412 176 436 558 3410 400 546 162 378 397 138 220 568 521 3330 6740
Member M: 71.3/136 333 513 398 168 388 412 132 403 558 3305 358 534 148 378 388 138 194 568 521 3227 6532
Player M: 70.4/132 312 500 398 168 388 372 132 403 519 3192 358 534 148 343 388 130 194 530 486 3111 6303
Gentlemen M: 69.0/128 312 500 368 168 368 343 132 403 475 3069 294 504 148 327 369 130 194 491 486 2943 6012
Watson M: 67.9/126 W: 73.4/135 280 480 368 145 368 343 118 379 475 2956 294 504 131 327 369 120 179 491 444 2859 5815
Back Combo W: 72.9/131 280 480 368 129 368 327 118 337 440 2847 294 457 131 278 369 120 171 491 444 2755 5602
Middle W: 71.7/129 278 407 358 129 356 327 101 337 440 2733 274 457 121 278 340 103 171 471 436 2651 5384
Front Combo W: 71.2/124 278 394 336 129 356 285 101 332 435 2646 274 450 121 278 298 103 147 454 436 2561 5207
Front W: 70.2/121 211 394 336 119 333 285 82 332 435 2527 248 450 105 203 298 91 147 454 410 2406 4933
Handicap 13 7 3 17 11 9 15 1 5 8 2 16 10 6 18 14 4 12
Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 5 3 4 4 3 3 5 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 14 8 6 18 4 12 16 10 2 9 1 13 11 7 17 15 3 5

Course Details

Year Built 1983
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1983)

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

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4.4
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
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Arizona's best course ruined by terrible greens

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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