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What distinguishes Desert Forest from other clubs?
In addition to the golf course, what practice facilities are available?
How many days a week is the Club open and what the customary activities?
Can players walk the golf course?
What categories of membership make up the club?
Is it a challenge to get a tee time?
What are the membership demographics at DFGC
Is there a membership approval process?
What types of grasses are there?
Is there a monthly food/beverage minimum at Desert Forest?
Are family members welcome at the club?
Are there men's and ladies' golf events at the Club?
What is the financial condition of the Club?
What is the tipping policy at Desert Forest?
Is Desert Forest Golf Club a member of the Arizona Golf Association?
Does Desert Forest host National or Local Championships?

What distinguishes Desert Forest from other clubs?

There are as many reasons to cherish Desert Forest as there are members. Here are some compliments we often receive:
  • Red Lawrence made history when he broke ground at Desert Forest. It is not just the first "desert links" course in America; it remains a unique challenge in what has become a prolific, often mediocre genre.
  • The Desert Forest course has a natural, uncontrived design that makes it both playable and challenging to players of all levels. Our course is consistently ranked as one of America's greatest by national and local publications. 
  • Among Arizona private clubs, Desert Forest has the lowest membership cap. We do not make the golf course available for commercial events or unaccompanied play. We do make it readily available, year-round, for the enjoyment of our members, their families and guests. 
  • While the issue of slow play is of primary concern in the golfing world, it is never a problem at Desert Forest. The value of an undelayed round of golf is so deeply ingrained into the Desert Forest culture that it is not even mentioned in our rule book. 
  • There is something unique; something memorable about a Desert Forest welcome. When you drive past the oleanders onto our grounds, you can feel something special in the air. The first person you meet, member or staff, will be a smiling, welcoming host. 
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In addition to the golf course, what practice facilities are available?

The practice facilities consist of a double sided driving range, a chipping green, a practice putting green, and a two-acre short game practice area. The short game practice area consists of two greens and four sand bunkers that are approximately 100 yards apart.

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How many days a week is the Club open and what the customary activities?

The Club is open year-round. In the peak season (mid October through mid May), the Club is open 7 days a week, and lunch is served every day, with a delightful Brunch featured every Sunday. Friday evenings at the Club are a special tradition; a wonderful weekly party held year - round. Golf events are an integral part of the rhythm of club life at Desert Forest. There are also many social events celebrating good fortune, golf and friendship. Desert Forest is a vibrant, dynamic club - a natural venue for happy people.

During the summertime the club is closed on Mondays. We encourage our members to make use of the club all summer long. Those members who don't mind the heat find they can have this magnificent golf course all to themselves for much of the summer.

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Can players walk the golf course?

Yes, walking is encouraged at Desert Forest. The greens and following tees are in close proximity so that the course is very walkable. Electric walking carts and easy-to-handle push carts are available for everyone. Arrangements for caddies can be made one week in advance of tee time.

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What categories of membership make up the Club?

Golfing memberships include Regular, Associate,and National classifications. 

Regular Members are full members with unlimited golf privileges, full use of the clubhouse and voting rights. 

Associate Members (37 years of age or less) have full use of the facilities with no voting privileges. Associate members are transitioned to Regular membership by age 45. 

The National Membership is for those who don’t own property or rent for more than 60 days in the State of Arizona. It is a great option for people who are planning to buy a home in the area sometime in the future as there is a smooth transition available to Regular membership.

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Is it a challenge to get a tee time?

The availability of tee times is one of our most cherished assets, and is the reason our membership cap is quite low. It makes planning for golf an effortless part of life in Arizona.

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What are the membership demographics at DFGC?

Our members are both full-time and seasonal residents of Arizona. There are also National Members who visit our state but do not maintain residence. Desert Forest members come from across America and there is a growing international presence among the membership. We are a diverse group representing many professions and all age groups. At Desert Forest, golf is spoken with a wonderful variety of accents.

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Is there a membership approval process?

Yes. A prospective member requires two sponsors, and is posted to the membership for 30 days. Membership candidates are encouraged, to use the club facilities during their posting period. Candidates are recommended by the Admissions Committee to the Board of Directors for approval.

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What types of grasses are there?

Desert Forest greens are bentgrass. Tees, fairways, roughs, and green surrounds are hybrid bermuda grass. Starting in late September each year, the entire course (except for the bentgrass greens) is overseeded with rye grass. 

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Is there a monthly food/beverage minimum at Desert Forest?

Food minimum? The dining room at Desert Forest features a level of quality and service that makes it a venue of choice. Our members are more comfortable at their club, among friends and familiar staff, than just about anywhere else in the valley. No need for a food minimum here.

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Are family members welcome at the Club?

Yes. Desert Forest is a family friendly club with special guest rates for immediate family members. Children of members have member privileges through age 25.

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Are there men's and ladies golf events at the Club?

Yes, there is a men's mixer (TNT) every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. There are other events throughout the season, including two-man events, four-man scrambles, and the club championships. Also, there are the very popular fall member-member tournament, spring member-guest tournament and interclub competitions. 

For the ladies, there are two women’s groups, an 18 hole group and a 9 hole group, with events and championships for their members as well as member-guest days in the fall and spring, league play, and friendly interclub events.

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What is the financial condition of the Club?

It is the responsible, conservative management of our financial affairs that allows Desert Forest to thrive in these interesting times.

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What is the tipping policy at Desert Forest?

There is no tipping at Desert Forest. We expect guests to honor this and all other policies at the club.

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Is Desert Forest Golf Club a member of the Arizona Golf Association?

Yes. All handicaps are processed through the AGA in accordance with USGA handicap procedures. Also, our web site is linked to the AGA web site. Desert Forest is also a member of the USGA and the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association. Additionally, handicaps for the women are processed through the Arizona Women’s Golf Association.

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Does Desert Forest host National or Local Championships?

Yes, since 1962, Desert Forest has hosted many national and local championships, including the Annual Quail Cup Pro-Am, the Dunlop Masters, Arizona Open, Arizona Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur, and the Goldwater Cup. 

Desert Forest hosted the U.S. Senior Amateur in 1990. In 2006, Desert Forest hosted the Trans-Mississippi Four Ball Championship. We hosted the USGA’s U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in 2007.

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