Desert Highlands real estate overview

Desert Highlands real estate is comprised of over 550 homes situated with views of McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak.

In 1983, Desert Highlands made history when it became the first private residential community to be built around a country club. In the years to come, many other communities followed in its footsteps.

Desert Highlands is most famous for what has become known as the Inaugural of the Skins Game. Simply put, this was a golf game between four golf giants — Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. A skins game is win you compete to win a hole. Each hole has a different monetary value. If you tie at the hole, then, the value is added to the next hole. This game created a craze that lasted for more than ten years.

Desert Mountain clickable Community Map

There are four main communities in Desert Highlands.  This includes the Desert Highlands main community,Hillside Villas at Desert Highlands, The Heights at Desert Highlands and the Club Estates at Desert Highlands.  Explore the various communities and find homes for sale using the map below.


Desert Highlands Club

Golfing at Desert Highlands

The Desert Highlands Golf club is a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.    It has been selected as one of the top 100 Residential Golf Courses by Golfweek Magazine from the year 2004 all the way to 2013.

Tennis at Desert Highlands

The tennis club has also won several award in the past including the 2000 Outstanding Tennis Facility Award and Court of the Year in 2000 by Tennis Industry Magazine.

The calendar of tennis events at Desert Highlands starts on October 25th and ends on June 7th with the USTA Southwest Slm Grass Court Tournament.  (35’s to 80’s)


While the membership fees may change and should be independently verified, there is around a $75,000 non equity membership fee when buying a home in this community whether you play golf or don’t play golf.   There are many residences who believe this is a good deal considering what other clubs of its caliber cost.  The dues, which include the HOA, is $1130 a month.    These fees do not include guest golfing and other fees and change so should be verified for the most up-to-date information.


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