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Desert Highlands Golf Club

Scottsdale, AZ Private

Overview

Host of the first two televised Skins Games in 1983 and 1984 featuring Nicklaus, Palmer, Player and Watson, Desert Highlands is a Jack Nicklaus design sitting at the base of Pinnacle Peak. With stunning views of the surrounding desert, valley and moutains, the course demands precise ball-striking to find the relatively narrow fairways. The course has been previously ranked on our 100 Greatest and Second 100 Greatest rankings.

About

Holes 18
Length 7066
Slope 149
Facility Type Private
Designer Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked for 10 years, from 1987-1996.
Highest ranking: No. 25, 1987-'88.

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked for six years, from 2013-'18.
Highest ranking: No. 179, 2015-'16.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1987-'89. Ranked inside the top 5, 1985-'95. Ranked seventh, 2015-'16, 2017-'18, 2019-'20. Ranked eighth, 2021-'22. Ranked 10th, 2013-'14, 2023-'24. Ranked inside the top 10, 1997-2003, 2009. Ranked 13th, 2011-'12.
2023-'24 ranking: 10th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.1

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.1716
Character
7.2606
Challenge
7.2671
Layout Variety
7.148
Fun
6.9454
Aesthetics
7.4164
Conditioning
7.4291

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