The first desert course ever built transformed the face of the game.
Desert Forest Founded
Desert Forest History 1962 Desert Forest Founded

Real estate visionaries Tom Darlington and K.T. Palmer founded the town of Carefree with Desert Forest Golf Course at its heart. Architect Robert "Red" Lawrence's evocation of classic strategic playing principles in the Sonoran foothills continues to be more than a conventional course.

Home to the Dunlop Masters
Desert Forest History 1964 - 1974 Home to the Dunlop Masters

Desert Forest History
Desert Forest History 1962, 1963, 1966, 2003, 2004 Hosted the Goldwater Cup

Desert Forest History 1990 Hosted the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, numerous USGA qualifying events and five state Amateur Championships

Desert Forest History 2006 Hosted the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association's Four Ball Championship

Desert Forest History 2007 Hosted the USGA U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship

Desert Forest History Autumn 2012 Restoration Team Chosen

David Zinkind leads Desert Forest into its new era

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1964 - 1974
1962, 1963, 1966, 2003, 2004
Autumn 2012
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Red Lawrence The Creator

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.

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The Creator
Bold, New Design First of Its Kind

Many consider our acclaimed Robert "Red" Lawrence design to be the first desert course ever built. Its genius is in the natural minimalist design that makes it both playable and challenging to the discerning golfer.

First of Its Kind
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"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." The American Private Golf Club Guide by Daniel Wexler
"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." Featured in the book Planet Golf, USA by Darius Oliver
"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." Subject of the book Desert Forest Golf Club, The First Forty Years by Bradley Klein
"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." Featured in the book Golf Digest: Classic American Courses by Mike Stachura