Golf courses Arizona Carefree Desert Forest Golf Course

Desert Forest Golf Course

37207 N Muletrain Rd, Carefree, Arizona, 85377
Type: Private
No. Holes: 18
(602) 488-4589
Architect: Red Lawrence (18)
                       David Zinkand (1)
                      
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Detailed description of Desert Forest Golf Course

Desert Forest is a private, member-owned golf club located in Carefree, Arizona, north of Scottsdale and Phoenix.

The course first opened for play in 1962. The course was designed by Red Lawrence and renovated in 2013 by David Zinkland.

Almost 50 years after first opening, the course underwent a redesign under the direction of former Coore & Crenshaw protege, David Zinkand. Many of the golf holes were lengthened, every green was re-contoured, drainage system was improved and all the greenside bunkers were rebuilt from the original oval-shaped design, a trademark of Lawrence, to a scalloped-shaped edging favored by Zinkand who had the benefit of being able to work from the original course design. Zinkland has said, "The routing and the way the course sits naturally on the contours is the genius of Desert Forest, rather than having been graded to suit preconceived notions. Leaving this landscape intact was the most important aspect of respecting Lawrence's design."

Desert Forest Golf Club has no fairway bunkers and or "gimmicky" man-made golf course fixtures. Nowhere visible are out-of-bounds staking, ball washers, and cart signs. It's golf, pure and simple.

Desert Forest Golf Club has consistently been ranked nationally for its challenging and, often times unforgiving layout. Immaculately designed fairway moundings accentuated by lightning fast greens make a game at Desert Forest an a real test of one's golf skill, decision-making prowess and patience.

The course is situated in desert terrain high up in the Sonoran Foothills of Carefree, Arizona. With eight tee areas, the course plays from 4,763 yards at the forward tees to 7,201 yards at the championship tees.

This course has been reviewed 3 times
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Lantana, FL

$401 (cart not included), played on Monday, January 2021 at 24baidasl@hvs.org

this course is one of the worst courses I have ever played on. It was a horrible experience overall. They treated my poorly because of my skin color (im white btw). The staff and conditions of the golf course were just ugly. No hot girls would not recommend.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I wouldn't recommend this course, Worse than average course for the area
 
None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 029862
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San Francisco, CA

$101 (cart not included), played on Sunday, December 2020 at 12:40 PM

Private club but if you can get on thru your club, it's worth it. Very difficult course but fair for good players. if you can't work your ball off the tee, you might not have so much fun. Have to play this course a couple of times to better understand the lines off the tee and the green complexes. It's an amazing layout. No houses on the course and great to walk.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 029853
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San Francisco, CA

$101 (cart not included), played on Sunday, December 2020 at

Private club but if you can get on thru your club, it's worth it. Very difficult course but fair for good players. if you can't work your ball off the tee, you might not have so much fun. Have to play this course a couple of times to better understand the lines off the tee and the green complexes. It's an amazing layout. No houses on the course and great to walk.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 029852
3.7/5
Based on 3 reviews
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