What to Expect: Desert Highlands was Nicklaus’ first effort in Arizona’s vast desert terrain and many consider it his best. The opening tee shot of the day instantly gets the blood flowing as you stand on a severely elevated tee box overlooking Scottsdale/Phoenix with a ribbon of a fairway streaming below. Desert Highlands features relatively forgiving fairways for a target course and stunning views of Pinnacle Peak.
Signature Hole: 1st – 350 Yard Par 4 – Your adrenaline kicks in right off the bat at Desert Highlands
Individual Hole Analysis
Best Par 3: 16th – 242 Yards – Stunning views are afforded on this big par three
Best Par 4: 6th – 428 Yards – The split fairway delivers options to this hole
Best Par 5: 11th – 563 Yards – Risk/reward par five
Birdie Time: 15th – 146 Yard Par 3 – An easy shot to a big green
Bogey Beware: 8th – 444 Yard Par 4 – A long hole with a split fairway