Overview of Desert Mountain

golf course property for sale in Desert Mountain, AZ

Desert Mountain is an over 8,200 acre gated, outdoor recreational community, set in the spectacular High Sonoran Desert of north Scottsdale, in the wondrous state of Arizona. It is bordered by the Tonto National Forest. Taliesin Associated Architects, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright, created the original Desert Mountain master plan in the mid-1980s. A private club, The Desert Mountain Club, was developed as the feature amenity for the community, starting with one golf course, casual restaurant, and practice range, Renegade, which was quickly joined by two more courses, Geronimo and Cochise, and a 52,000 square foot clubhouse serving both Geronimo and Cochise. Over the years, other courses and club facilities have been added. As of June, 2023, there were six full-length championship Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, with Apache, Chiricahua, and Outlaw added to Cochise, Geronimo, and Renegade. A seventh course, appropriately enough named “Seven”, was completed in February 2019. It is an over-3,000-yard, all par-3 course, with its own hugely popular indoor-outdoor restaurant/clubhouse. The entire Club was sold by the then developer to the Club members on Dec. 30, 2010. Since that sale, notable improvements in addition to the creation of Seven include a $12,000,000 makeover of the Sonoran Clubhouse, the Club’s swim, tennis, fitness and spa facility, completed in October 2016, with the result being a most remarkable, state-of-the art facility including the Club’s sixth private restaurant. Pickleball courts, golf croquet, an expanded children’s playground and bocci courts were completed in October 2017. Two more pickleball courts are to be completed within the next year.  An over twenty-mile hiking, biking, and horseback trail system was developed in 2015 in the mountains at the back of the property using funds donated by property owners as a community asset managed by the HOA. A Dog Park was added several years ago and has become a huge hit, with dogs and their masters alike. Plans are in the works for it to be slightly relocated and expanded.  The Club also recently developed an advanced golf performance center named after legendary golf instructor, Jim Flick. With eight private restaurants, seven fabulous golf courses, and all the rest of the amenities Desert Mountain offers a very complete set of lifestyle choices.  It has attracted members and owners from virtually every state in the United States and several foreign countries. Over the years, the community has become widely recognized around the United States and the world as one of the foremost examples of golf course community development anywhere. If you want a luxury residential experience, wrapped up in one of the finest recreational communities in the country, you will have a difficult time finding a better place than Desert Mountain.

As of June 2023, there were approximately 1,433 completed custom homes and 550 semi-custom homes, with another approximately 104 custom homes either under construction or in Design Review. There were approximately 235 custom lots not yet built upon and not owned by a neighbor to protect their views or privacy. With the developer gone, all property sales are on the “resale” market. The Davis Driver Group maintains extraordinary information on all sales, pending transactions, and available properties, in a proprietary inventory management and market research system designed just for Desert Mountain.  It has many useful details in it that are not in the local Multiple Listing Service.  If you have any question whatsoever about any aspect of the real estate market in Desert Mountain, we invite you to give us a call and share that question with us.


The community is in a quiet, peaceful setting; the air is clean, the skies dark at night and the climate very comfortable most of the year (with a high about ten degrees cooler than what Phoenix reports, but nighttime lows in the summer approaching twenty degrees cooler than what the city will record). One can normally drive to Sky Harbor Airport from the Front Gate in under forty-five minutes, and the nearest grocery store is just six minutes away. Our Group members know many other residents and Club members and enjoy introducing our new clients to these people via our “Inside Circle” program, helping them get plugged in quickly. It is a friendly place, with people from all over the country and all kinds of backgrounds. You are bound to be able to find some people quickly with whom you will become fast friends, and all of us look forward to helping in that process!