News & Awards

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  • Golf Awards & Recognition
      • Selected as one of “America’s Best 100 Residential Golf Courses”: Golfweek 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

      • Named Most Scenic Course in Best of Our Valley: Arizona Foothills Magazine 2017

      • Ranked among “The Best Courses in Arizona”: Golf Digest 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

      • Selected as a “2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Premier Property”: LINKS Magazine

      • Selected as one of “America’s Top 100 Golf Communities”: Travel and Leisure Golf 2006, 2007 and 2008

      • Selected as “#1 Private Golf Course in Arizona”: The Best of Arizona Business 2003 and 2004

      • Named as one of the “Best Private Golf Courses in the U.S.”: Golf Digest (2000 and 2002)

      • Nominated for “Best Desert Course in the Country”: Golf Digest

      • Selected as one of “America’s Top 100 Golf Courses” since 1984 by Golf Digest

      • Inaugural home of the Skins Game featuring Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Gary Player (1983, 1984)

  • Tennis Awards & Recognition
      • Featured in November/December 2006 issue of Tennis Magazine as one of the “Six Great Places to Retire”

      • Court of the Year Award by Tennis Industry Magazine (2000)

      • Winner of the Outstanding Tennis Facility Award (2000), presented by the U.S. Tennis and Track Builders Association

      • Host facility of the USTA Senior Southwest Grass Court Championships and the Southwest Junior Clay and Grass Court Championships and past host of the USTA National 30-and-Over Grass Courts Championship

  • Platinum Club of the World

    • The 2015 Platinum Clubs® of the World, represents the standard of Excellence for the finest Private Golf and Country Clubs around the globe. Utilizing the Platinum Clubs of the World Six Criteria, the Platinum Clubs® of the World Panel (comprised of 100 Private Club industry experts and golf connoisseurs) completed their confidential Ballot consisting of 630 Clubs from 58 Countries over a 30-day period.

      Club Leaders Forum have conducted the pre-eminent recognition of Private Clubs in America for over 20 years – Platinum Clubs® of America. This is the second biennial election for Platinum Clubs® of the World, which has quickly establishea position of great respect throughout the elite Private Clubs around the globe.

      The Top 100 Clubs who received the most points were awarded Platinum Clubs® of the World status. In 2015, Clubs are numerically ranked from 1-100, as opposed to the 2013 Platinum Clubs® of the World vote, where the Top 100 Clubs were published alphabetically. The next 75 Clubs who received the most votes are listed alphabetically and are to be congratulated, as they are strong candidates for Platinum Clubs® of the World recognition in 2017.

  • Distinguished Club

    • Desert Highlands has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Club award with the ELITE special designation, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. For fine private clubs that operate at the highest standards, BoardRoom magazine’s entirely merit-based Distinguished Clubs award program uses a club-specific rating system that recognizes the club, its management, and its staff based on a proprietary criteria and evaluation process that distills and measures a club’s Member Experience. As such, the rating system used by Distinguished Clubs is different from any that has come before, and with it, the private club industry now has the means to identify the top private clubs based on the most important aspect: Member Experience.

      As defined by Distinguished Clubs, “Member Experience” is that special combination of “Qualities” that a private club provides its members. It is not just the quality of service, or of the facilities, or of the product provided, it is also the quality of the staff and of the management, as well as the overall club governance they deliver. The most important quality, however, is the quality of the intangible. While difficult to measure, the latter is comprised of those magic moments experienced, the members befriended, the memorable events and famous tournaments attended, as well as the club traditions, history, and heritage proudly recognized.

      “We’d like to congratulate Desert Highlands for earning Distinguished Club Emerald status,” said John Fornaro, Publisher of BoardRoom magazine, “Special recognition also goes out to Desert Highlands’ General Manager, Monty Becton, as well as the club’s board of directors, its department heads, and entire staff for their efforts in providing an excellent member experience.”  

  • Healthiest Club Award
    • Awards, press, top 100, Scottsdale, Arizona, Desert Highlands, America's Healthiest Club

      “Congratulations for qualifying as one of America’s Healthiest Clubs! Desert Highlands’ commitments to the highest standards in wellness place you among an elite group of private club and industry leaders. In our analysis of your club, we found passion and drive for developing wellness across the board-- at the highest level, and within each department and among department heads. Your leadership, vision, and guidance for achieving wellness are something you can proudly say is shared among your many outstanding colleagues and employees. Congratulations on your impressive level of commitment to wellness!”

      Being recognized as one of America’s Healthiest Clubs is a distinction that is awarded to a small percentage of Private Clubs - a distinction that helps the club to recruit health conscious associates and members, increases member usage and retention and lowers health care costs. Desert Highlands has been recognized in the Top 10 of America's Healthiest Clubs by Prevo Health since 2012.

  • Architecture & Design Awards
      • Most Beautiful Clubhouse in America, Tom Doaks' Confidential Guide

      • Best Club with Locked Gates, Tom Doaks' Confidential Guide

      • American Society of Landscape Architects Award (1984, 1988, 1989, 1991)

      • "Third Best Clubhouse in the World" (behind St. Andrews and Baltrusol), Golf Magazine 1989

      • American Institute of Architects Award (1984)

      • "Interior Design Award of Excellence" for Clubhouse Interior Design, given by the American Institute of Architecture

  • Guns 'n Hoses Golf Event
    • Pictured above, left to right:
      Nick Ciliento, Desert Highlands Director of Security, Commander Joe DeLuc, Scottsdale Police Department, 
      Terra S.H. Waldron, Desert Highlands VP/COO, and Captain Sasha Weller, Scottsdale Fire Department

      Started in 2003, the Annual Guns 'n Hoses Tournament is Desert Highlands' tribute to the brave men & women of the
      Scottsdale Police and Fire Departments. 

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