Awards & Honors

  • Ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the 50 Greatest Courses of the last 50 years. 
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. by Golf Magazine; 2014 ranking #87. 
  • Hole #13 and hole #16 were named in Golf Magazine's The World's 500 Greatest Golf Holes
  • Ranked 38th in Golfweek's America's Best: Top 100 Modern Courses (courses built from 1960-present). 
  • Named one of Golf Digest's Best 100 Courses in America for 17 consecutive years.
  • Recognized as one of the 100 Platinum Clubs of the World in 2013.
  • Selected as Arizona's Best Golf Course by the World Golf Awards in 2014.
  • 2017 Ranked #17 in Golf Magazines Top 45 Golf Courses since 1959
  • As described in the book The American Private Golf Club Guide by Daniel Wexler:
"The Desert Forest Golf Club enjoys a significant place in the history of golf course design for it was, by about two decades, the forerunner of the modern target-oriented game that has made golf in the southwestern desert possible."

"A unique and challenging test of the highest order, Desert Forest rates among the region's very best, and remains a genuine must-see for students of American golf course design."

“... Desert Forest where tradition and dignified discretion mercifully carry the day. This becomes evident as soon as one turns off Mule Train Road into the club. The clubhouse remains unchanged, a low slung single story edifice that barely intrudes on its surrounds. Snuggled low, it is impressively out of sight from virtually everywhere on the course. Even on the handsome eighteenth fairway the golfer is left alone to appreciate the flora of the high desert.”
  • Featured in the book The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses by Tom Doak, Ran Morrisett, Masa Nishijima and Darius Oliver:
"The overall vibe of the club and the intimacy of the routing harken back to traditional east coast golfing values more than any other place in Arizona."
  • Featured in the book Planet Golf, USA by Darius Oliver:
"Characterized by the complete absence of superfluous features, the design itself is quite simple, but the challenge presented is one of the toughest in the Scottsdale region."
  • Subject of the book Desert Forest Golf Club, The First Forty Years by Bradley Klein:
"For decades, the club has meticulously cultivated an identity as a private bubble in which people were totally devoted to golf. Along the way, it has managed to preserve its course as a true desert links."
  • Featured in the book Golf Digest: Classic American Courses by Mike Stachura:
"Desert Forest is an American golf course design landmark. Working with the natural rolls in the desert landscape, Lawrence gracefully set out a demonically simple design, meticulously fitting holes in between the harsher elements."
  • 2009 Named Best Private Golf Course by Desert Golfer Magazine. 
  • 2006 Named one of The 100 Most Prestigious Private Clubs in America by Golf Connoisseur Magazine. Desert Forest has the highest ranking of any Arizona course. 
  • 1964 - 1974 Home to the Dunlop Masters.
  • 1962, 1963, 1966, 2003, 2004 Hosted the Goldwater Cup. 
  • 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009, voted the Best Private Course in Arizona by the Southwest Section Professional Golfers Association and published in Desert Golf Magazine the same years. 
  • 2007 Hosted the USGA U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. 
  • 2006 Hosted the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association's Four Ball Championship. 
  • 1990 Hosted the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, numerous USGA qualifying events and five state Amateur Championships.