Looking Back; Moving Forward
Desert Highlands made history when it was created as the first private residential community built around the nucleus of a country club. It gave new meaning to the word “community” and was the prototype for all such developments that followed. In 1994, Desert Highlands broadened that meaning even further as it became member owned.
Water was an essential element of planning for the golf course, amenities, and residential aspects of Desert Highlands. Arizona had recently passed the Groundwater Management Act, and required developers to prove their ability to obtain adequate water before proceeding with development. At the time, there was no water pipeline to the few scattered homes along Happy Valley Road; residents hauled water to their property from private water companies operating wells in this part of the county. Desert Highlands was committed to becoming a leader in golf course water conservation, and incorporated a water reclamation in its initial plans.
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