The legacy of Desert Mountain comes from its humble beginnings as a working cattle spread called Carefree Ranch, discovered by visionary developer Lyle Anderson in the early 1980s. His partnership and friendship with Jack Nicklaus led the duo to design Desert Mountain’s inaugural Renegade course. Lyle approached Jack with the two-pin concept and Jack responded, “If they like it, it’s my idea. If they don’t like it, it’ll be your idea.”
The two would continue to design the world’s largest collection of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses one at a time, each built to showcase the potential for luxury real estate. Nationally televised PGA golf tournaments would serve as the marketing machine that put Desert Mountain on the map throughout the 90s. Today, we are a thriving private Club and community of seven championship golf courses cradled by more than 2,000 homes and future estates.
Desert Mountain is proud to be distinguished by the Platinum Clubs® of America, considered as the most respected recognition in the private club industry. Every two years, clubs are judged for their history, ability to attract and retain exceptional members, and the experience delivered. Criteria include recognition, excellence in amenities and facilities, staff and professional services, quality and commitment of membership, governance and prudent fiscal management, adapting to changing times, and overall experience. Desert Mountain Club currently ranks #14 in the country on the 2021-2022 list, and is the highest ranking club in Arizona in the Country Club category.