Desert Highlands Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Jack Nicklaus in 1983

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (480) 585-8521

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Desert Highlands' official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 10040 E. Happy Valley Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Photos:  See additional photos of Desert Highlands

Accolades: Ranked in the Top 100 Courses in America by Golf Digest from 1987-1995. Ranked 10th in the state of Arizona by on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State list.

Signature Hole:  1st - 350 Yard Par 4

1st Hole at Desert Highlands (350 Yard Par 4)
1st Hole at Desert Highlands (350 Yard Par 4)

What to Expect: Desert Highlands was Nicklaus’ first effort in Arizona’s vast desert terrain and many consider it his best. The opening tee shot of the day instantly gets the blood flowing as you stand on a severely elevated tee box overlooking Scottsdale/Phoenix with a ribbon of a fairway streaming below. Desert Highlands features relatively forgiving fairways for a target course and features stunning views of Pinnacle Peak.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Nicklaus (Black) 72 7066 73.8 149
Palmer (Blue) 72 6734 72.4 140
Combo (Blue/White) 72 6526 71.3 136
Player (White) 72 6303 70.4 132
Watson (Yellow) 72 5815 67.9 126
Middle (Red/Women) 72 5390 71.7 129
Front (Green/Women) 72 5008 70.2 121


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  16th - 242 Yards

16th Hole at Desert Highlands (242 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Desert Highlands (242 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  6th - 428 Yards

6th Hole at Desert Highlands (428 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Desert Highlands (428 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  11th - 563 Yards

11th Hole at Desert Highlands (563 Yard Par 5)
11th Hole at Desert Highlands (563 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  15th - 146 Yard Par 3

15th Hole at Desert Highlands (146 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Desert Highlands (146 Yard Par 3)

Bogey Beware:  8th - 444 Yard Par 4

8th Hole at Desert Highlands (444 Yard Par 4)
8th Hole at Desert Highlands (444 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:    Grade A-

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