February 21, 2023

Desert Mountain Captures the Hearts of Critics Everywhere

Desert Mountain has been capturing hearts everywhere. Our members love it here, and the experts agree. In fact, the praise from critics far and wide has been almost non-stop. Here is just a sampling of the awards, highlighting everything from our revolutionary golf course to our unique lifestyle and amenities.

Platinum Clubs® of America

The Desert Mountain Club has received several awards and recognition from Platinum Clubs® of America, which is regarded as the most respected recognition in the private club industry. These awards are elected every two years and published by Club Leaders Forum, an informed and respected group of Private Club Managers, CEOs, COOs, Presidents, and Owners across the country.

Desert Mountain has earned recognition on the prestigious list of Top 150 Country Clubs in the nation, as No. 19 overall and No. 1 in Arizona, in the Platinum Clubs® of America 2019-2020, 2021-2022, and 2023-2024 voting.

In 2017-2019, we were recognized as the “Most respected Private Club in America” by Club Leaders Forum. And from 2015-2017, it was named the “Most respected Private Club in the World.”

These awards and recognition from Platinum Clubs® of America are a testament to the Desert Mountain Club’s commitment to excellence and its ability to provide its members with the finest amenities and services.

Golf Digest Best Courses in Arizona

Golf Digest, one of the leading golf magazines in the world, compiles a list of the best golf courses in the state every year. The 2021-2022 list includes several Desert Mountain Club courses among the top golf courses in Arizona.

The first of these courses, Renegade, ranks as the 9th best golf course in Arizona. With its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and challenging holes, Renegade has become a favorite among golfers of all skill levels. This course is perfect for those who love to play golf amidst the beauty of nature.

Chiricahua ranks 11th on the list thanks to its unique blend of classic design and modern features, making it a must-play for golfers visiting the area. Chiricahua’s breathtaking mountain vistas and well-manicured fairways provide a truly unforgettable golfing experience.

Geronimo comes in at 12th on the list. This course is known for its stunning desert landscapes and challenging holes that require accuracy and precision. Golfers who play Geronimo will be treated to a breathtaking experience that is both challenging and rewarding.

Cochise ranks 24th on the list. This course is known for its impeccable greens, strategic bunkers, and lovely views of the surrounding desert landscape.

Finally, Outlaw comes in at number 27 on Golf Digest’s 2021-2022 Best Courses in Arizona. This course offers a unique blend of challenge and beauty, with its rolling hills and scenic desert vistas. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy playing Outlaw, whether they’re looking for a leisurely round or a competitive challenge.

Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America

Another key aspect of the Desert Mountain Club’s commitment to excellence is its Jim Flick Golf Performance Center. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to help golfers of all skill levels improve their game and reach their full potential.

The Jim Flick Golf Performance Center is staffed by some of the best young golf teachers in America, including Paxton O’Connor, Jennifer Tucker, and Richard Franklin. These talented instructors are dedicated to helping golfers of all skill levels improve their swing, shot-making, and overall performance on the course.

In recognition of their talent and expertise, all three instructors were named among Golf Digest’s 2021-2022 Best Young Teachers in America. This prestigious award recognizes the top young golf instructors in the country, and the recognition of these three instructors is a testament to the quality of instruction and coaching available at the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center.

Additional Awards

American Trails Developer Award

-Desert Mountain Trail System, American Trails, 2013

Ranking Arizona: Top Private Golf Clubs 2021

-No. 9, Desert Mountain Club

America’s Top 50 Ranges

-Private category, 2013

Jim Flick Golf Performance Center

-Golf Magazine, Top Teachers to Watch – Paxton O’Connor, 2020-2021

-Mizuno Top 100 Fitter in the United States – Chris Heasley, 2019

Retail Platinum Award

-Desert Mountain’s five golf shops

-Association of Golf Merchandisers, 2014

Cashman Award for Outstanding Visual Merchandising Excellence

-Desert Mountain Retail Team, 2020

Distinguished Club

Desert Mountain is proud to be recognized as a Distinguished Club by Boardroom Magazine.