Desert Mountain Club: Geronimo Course

Scottsdale, AZ Private

Overview

Arguably the most visually intimidating of the seven courses at Desert Mountain Club, Geronimo is a classic target-style layout with narrow fairways and many forced carries over desert and ravines. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, who described it as “the strong-looking course,” Geronimo offers scenic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. In most cases, Nicklaus gives players a choice of how much forced carry to take on, creating risk-reward opportunities. The challenging layout concludes with a demanding par 3 that plays over a deep ravine to a two-tiered green adjacent to the clubhouse.

About

Holes 18
Length 7293
Slope 147
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1989
Designer Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA

Awards

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Ranking history:

Best in State: Ranked 12th, 2021-'22. Ranked 13th, 2017-'18, 2023-'24. Ranked 15th, 2011-'12. Ranked inside the top 15, 1991-2001. Ranked 16th, 2013-'14, 2019-'20. Ranked 18th, 2015-'16. Ranked inside the top 20, 2003. Ranked inside the top 25, 2005-'09.
2023-'24 ranking: 13th.

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

4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.0432
Character
7.063
Challenge
7.1583
Layout Variety
6.9677
Fun
6.9421
Aesthetics
7.2012
Conditioning
7.2074

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