Yearly Archives: 2013

With its rolling hills, spectacular views and walkable fairways, it would seem a safe assumption that the Outlaw course at Desert Mountain is a member favorite. Seated at the helm of the efforts to improve Outlaw’s reputation for presenting a challenge is their newly appointed head golf professional, 26-year-old Lisa Abernethy. Those who don’t know Abernethy personally may do a double take at her age and title, but her long and impressive resume speaks for itself. Not to mention the fact that she’s technically already spent 20 years in the golf field, having first picked up the game at age six.


For more than two decades, Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, has offered its members one of the greatest private golf and lifestyle experiences in the world. Home to six award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf courses, Desert Mountain also provides diverse amenities that the entire family can enjoy in a stunning location with dramatic views of metro Phoenix and Scottsdale, natural landmarks, and the lush desert landscape of the Northeast Valley.


High above Scottsdale’s desert floor, one distinctive characteristic stands out among the craggy mountains, rugged landscape and tens of thousands of tile roofed homes. This metropolis, experiencing a real estate revival since the Great Recession, remains a hotbed for golf.


For more than 25 years, Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., has offered its members one of the greatest private golf experiences in the world. Home to six-award winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf courses, Desert Mountain also provides diverse lifestyle amenities that the entire family can enjoy in a stunning location with dramatic views of metro Phoenix and Scottsdale, natural landmarks and the lush desert landscape of the Northeast Valley.


Robert E. Jones, II, CCM, CCE, certainly qualifies as an “old school” club manager in the best sense of the term. His father, R. Ray Jones, was a prominent figure among the previous generation of leading club managers, classically educated at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and achieving distinction as General Manager of several top clubs, including Midland (Texas) CC and Denver CC, before becoming an executive with the Neiman Marcus department store company.


It’s more than a guard gate that makes Constantino’s one of Arizona’s most exclusive restaurants. The upscale, Tuscan-themed destination inside the Chiricahua Clubhouse of Desert Mountain is for members only. Market-based golf memberships range from $65,000 to $140,000. For this, about 2,100 members call the north Scottsdale golf community home.


For more than 25 years, Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., has offered its members one of the greatest private golf experiences in the world. Home to six award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf courses, Desert Mountain also provides diverse lifestyle amenities that the entire family can enjoy in a stunning location with dramatic views of metro Phoenix and Scottsdale, natural landmarks and the lush desert landscape of the Northeast Valley.


Arizona Golfer, June 2013 – A $1.6 million golf instructional facility that opened last year at the Desert Mountain Club was formally named the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center at a May 8th dedication ceremony to honor the renowned golf instructor. Flick was the PGA director of instruction at Desert Mountain from 1987-2005.


Arizona Golfer, June 2013 – The Champions Tour and the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced recently that the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship will return to the Desert Mountain Club in 2014 and 2016. The tournament will once again be played on the Cochise Course, one of six courses at the venue designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus.


Golf Course Industry, Thursday, June 6, 2013 – I recently attended the American Society of irrigation Consultants (ASIC) – yes, there’s an irrigation consultants association – annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. And since ASIC was in Scottsdale, they invited Sean Emerson and Jeff Plotts to talk about how they irrigate their courses from both a water-quality and a water-quantity standpoint. Sean, director of agronomy at Desert Mountain Club, oversees six 18-hole courses using some 2-million gallons per acre annually on a combination of warm- and cool-season turf. Jeff has the same position at TPC Scottsdale, overseeing 400 acres at a 38-hole resort/public facility utilizing warm-season turf.