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 and is currently No. 8 on our Best in Arizona list.
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. Ranked inside the top 10, 1997-2003, 2009. Ranked 13th, 2011-'12.