Desert Mountain Golf Club (Chiricahua)

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Jack Nicklaus in 1999

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (480) 595-4850

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

Directions:  Get here! - 42429 N. Saguaro Forest Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Photos:  See additional photos of Desert Mountain (Chiricahua)

Accolades:  Ranked 13th in Arizona on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State rankings.

Signature Hole:  14th - 159 Yard Par 3

14th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (159 Yard Par 3)
14th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (159 Yard Par 3)

What to Expect:  The Chiricahua course at Desert Mountain is fifth of six Jack Nicklaus tracks found within the gates of the prestigious development north of Scottsdale. The highest in elevation of the Desert Mountain courses, Chiricahua features 300 feet of change throughout the routing and is characterized by views of the Phoenix valley coupled with large saguaros peppered along the terrain. Virtually every hole climbs uphill or tumbles downhill along the varied topography found at Chiricahua lending itself to some dramatic hole designs. Conditioning is absolutely spot on and adds to the overall enjoyment of the course. The fairways are generous, a necessary element for a successful desert course, and the undulated greens add variety to the round. All in all, the Chiricahua course at Desert Mountain is one of the premier layouts in the Arizona desert and a must play for any Nicklaus fan.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 72 7197 74.5 149
Blue 72 6796 72.5 143
White 72 6289 69.5 138
Red (Women) 72 5614 72.3 138
Teal (Women) 72 5034 68.8 127


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  12th - 190 Yards

12th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (190 Yard Par 3)
12th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (190 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  13th - 416 Yards

13th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (416 Yard Par 4)
13th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (416 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  15th - 582 Yards

15th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (582 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (582 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  2nd - 287 Yard Par 4

2nd Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (287 Yard Par 4)
2nd Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (287 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  10th - 482 Yard Par 4

10th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (482 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (482 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:    Grade A-

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