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Desert Mountain appoints Lyberger


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., (October 31, 2018) — John Lyberger, PGA—one of the most highly regarded golf professionals in the country—has been named PGA Director of Golf at Desert Mountain Club, the only private community in the world with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses.

Lyberger was most recently the Vice President of Club Operations at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., and before that the 20-year PGA Director of Golf at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. During his time at Congressional, the club played host to two U.S. Open Championships and seven PGA TOUR events.

With a proven track record of providing an extraordinary golf experience for his members, as well as mentoring many assistant professionals who have gone on to become directors of golf and general managers at some of the country’s best clubs, Lyberger will oversee a golf staff of 75 employees serving 1,900 members across six golf courses and pro shops.

“The game of golf has always been my passion and I could not be more excited to lead Desert Mountain's extensive golf operation,” said Lyberger. “When this opportunity was presented to me I jumped at the chance to join one of the greatest golf communities in the country.”

Along with the six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, in early 2019 Desert Mountain Club will open a new, par 54 course, No. 7 at Desert Mountain, and celebrate the reopening of its original course, Renegade, following an extensive renovation. The golf operations also include a $1.6 million state-of-the-art Jim Flick Golf Performance Center, which is equipped with the most advanced technology available in the industry today. This 6,500-square-foot, one-stop facility addresses every possible golf instructional need including technique, fitness, and mental game performance.

“We are thrilled about the future of our golf operation and John’s ability to continue improving upon the quality of the golf experience we offer our members and their guests,” said Desert Mountain CEO Damon DiOrio.

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About Desert Mountain
Situated at an altitude of 4,500 in the picturesque Sonoran Desert of Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain is among the finest private golf and recreational communities in the world and is consistently ranked among the top private clubs in the nation. Often referred to as The Best Golf Club in the World, Desert Mountain is recognized as a Distinguished Club from Boardroom Magazine and is among the top 100 Platinum Golf and Country Clubs in the world. It is the only private community worldwide with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, and a seventh currently being built, with each designed to offer an individual playing experience at all skill levels. Siting on 8,200 acres, Desert Mountain is also home to a newly remodeled spa, tennis on three surfaces, and 7 restaurants, plus 15 miles of private hiking trails, mountain biking, trail running, road cycling, and four-wheeling. A full suite of recreational, dining, luxury experiences, and amenities awaits members and residents in the majestic Desert Mountain community. Looking to join or move up to the mountain? Visit for more information and membership details.

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Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations