Equity Golf Membership: $140,000 Regular/Equity Dues: $1,190
Equity Club Membership: $40,000 Equity Club Dues: $714 National: $595
The Robb Report recently named Desert Mountain the "Best Golf Community" in the world. It encompasses over 8,000 acres of beautiful high Sonoran desert. Over its 15-year history it has been developed with a strict dedication to preserving the sensitive desert environment. It is blessed with an elevated location, looking down over the whole of Scottsdale. From this vantage point, you can capture magic city lights views, breathtaking sunsets, mountains in every direction, and of course plush green fairways.
Because the Tonto National Forest surrounds it to the north, there is a feeling that you are far from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet everything you want and need is just minutes away.
The six Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses offer an epitome of challenges and opportunities: Cochise - soft, smooth slopes and gentle terrain, Geronimo - steep banks and dramatic changes in elevation, Renegade - flexible with two-pin placement on over-sized greens, Apache - designed in the Scottish links tradition, Chiricahua, is considered one of the most stunning examples of desert golf featuring mountain views, changing elevation and sweeping vistas across the Valley, and Outlaw - the newest course which rolls through the stunning high desert scenery. Superbly designed clubhouses offer all the amenities of a world-class resort. From the concierge services to the variable surface tennis courts, from casual to formal dining, Desert Mountain reigns supreme.
Golf membership is tied to property ownership. Homes and lots are generally offered with a membership included in the price at no cost to the buyer. Membership is currently valued at $225,000 and dues are $575 a month.
The unique villages within the master plan offer a multiplicity of choices; the purchase of land, an existing home by a quality home builder, or a developer "cottage". Resale and spec built homes for sale in Desert Mountain vary widely between $700,000 and $7 million. Lots average about an acre with prices starting in the low $300,000s.
Geronimo #18 - Par-3 plays 181 yards from the gold tees. The final hole of this dramatic layout finishes besides the architecturally stunning Cochise/Geronimo Clubhouse. It makes a very exciting finishing hole with terraced tee boxes and a dramatic gulf, separating golfer from green. It is both visually appealing and intimidating. The tee shot requires a short middle iron and demands a fair degree of precision. Rocks and bunkers surround the small target green.
Cochise #7 - Par-3 measures 215 yards from the gold tees and features a tru island green. Again, this is a middle iron shot, downhill, demanding precision. With rocks around the green and water just about everywhere it makes for a very intimidating golf hole. The double green services the 15th hole as well.
Apache #3 - A short par-3 measuring only about 144 yards from the back tees. The hole falls downhill with stunning valley views from the tee boxes. While very short, it is threatening with bunkers and rocks surrounding the green. Additionally, the green slopes from front to back.
Chiricahua #2 - par-4. This dramatic hole is only 290 yards from the back tees, but rises 80 feet in elevation from tee to green. The hole offers a safe opportunity to play up, but can also tempt a longer hitter to drive the green, as it is reachable. Besides being a good risk-rewards hole, it is visually stunning. It plays right up into the mountains, towards a bowl-shaped green, one of the highest points in elevation in all of Desert Mountain.
Renegade #4 - A strong par-3. Like most of Renegade's holes, you have two options of pin placement, white or gold, difficult and more difficult respectively. On this hole it is the right pin (gold) which plays more difficult. Either way, the hole demands accuracy from the tee. Distance is more critical than right to left. The green is well-guarded by water and bunkers, which can shake many golfers on the tee box. The green is straightforward for the most part, although the green for the gold pin has a bit of a slope left to right. It plays 230 yards gold-to-gold and is considered by many to be the most difficult of Renegade's par-3s.Outlaw #10 - This is a short par-4 measuring 338 yards from the back tees. This downhill slight dogleg left hole usually leaves a short wedge shot to a small narrow green which if you miss leaves a difficult up and down. It presents one of the most difficult short shots you will ever see.