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Desert Highlands nears end of project

Sept. 10, 2019

Desert Highlands Announces Updates to Golf Course Renovation Project

Extensive $7 Million Revamp to Jack Nicklaus Signature Course Concludes Later This Year; Includes Bunker Renovation, 13th Hole Modifications, Irrigation System Upgrades

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.)Desert Highlands – the acclaimed luxury golf club and community in the stunning Sonoran Desert of North Scottsdale – announces the $7 million renovation project to its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is on schedule and should be completed by October.

The project, which began in April, includes renovating every bunker, restoring the 13th hole to its original design, installing a new irrigation system and refurbishing cart paths.

The updated bunkers feature a new drainage system and Capillary Concrete, which is employed for optimal drainage and reduction of wash-outs during inclement weather. Bunker Solution linings were implemented to the bunker faces to prevent sand contamination, and to reduce migration while maintaining design characteristics. Each are filled with sand that complements the Sonoran Desert landscape.

Jon Garner, a consultant for Nicklaus Design, spearheaded renovations of the par-4 13th hole, which now features two landing areas, with a larger left side and additional native landscape between the tee boxes and the right fairway. A smaller front-left greenside sand trap and more accessible right side restores its original playing characteristics and creates a more exciting risk-and-reward hole.

The project also includes installing a new irrigation system to help maintain Desert Highlands’ impeccable course conditions. In addition, cart paths are being restored.

“The renovation project is on schedule, and once completed will solidify Desert Highlands as one of the best golf courses in the state,” says General Manager Monty Becton. “The work will greatly enhance the golf experience at Desert Highlands, both aesthetically and from a playability standpoint.”

Stretching to over 7,100 yards, the splendid golf course offers a challenging, but fair test, and striking views of Pinnacle Peak and the lights of the Valley spread across the horizon in the distance below. Desert Highlands was the first design in Arizona by Jack Nicklaus, and immediately set the bar for desert golf experiences, not only in Scottsdale but statewide and nationwide. Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson have walked these fairways, as it was host site of the first Skins Game in 1983.

Desert Highlands’ energetic lifestyle consistently draws discerning families and active Boomers in equal measure – golfers, tennis enthusiasts, pet lovers, and health and wellness enthusiasts. A full social calendar allows residents to also fully enjoy this peaceful community.

Just as impressive is Desert Highlands’ Racquet Club, which sports 13 tennis courts featuring all three Grand Slam surfaces – grass, clay and hard. The Racquet Club also annually hosts one of the premier tennis tournaments found anywhere – the USTA Southwest Grass Court Classic. Noted ATP player Nick Kyrgios considers Desert Highlands’ grass courts “better than Wimby [Wimbledon].”

Desert Highlands also boasts a 7,700-square-foot Wellness Center, an 18-hole professionally designed putting course and a spacious dog park. Inside, the club provides residents peace of mind with a state-of-the-art security system, professionally trained security personnel, visitor control and access, and other protection amenities. Among the acclaimed residential services that truly pamper residents and meet their specific needs – shipping and transportation assistance, pool and spa maintenance, auto detailing and other customized services.

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About Desert Highlands
Scottsdale's premier private community and club, Desert Highlands melds Sonoran Desert luxury with world-class golf, tennis, dining and residential services. Located just 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Desert Highlands is easily accessible for second and vacation home owners. It is only minutes away from famed Old Town Scottsdale and its myriad shops, restaurants and art galleries. Homes (all resale) range from $1 million to over $6 million, and feature architecturally adapted styles and systems for life in America's most vibrant desert. A residential remodel program offers investors the opportunity to have the membership fee waived during the period in which they are restoring / upgrading their investment property. Currently, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is undergoing an extensive renovation, which includes updates by Nicklaus Design. The storied layout hosted the first two Skins Games back in 1983-84.

Robert Rodriguez (210.441.0952)