Desert Highlands – the acclaimed luxury golf club and community in the stunning Sonoran Desert of North Scottsdale – announces a clubhouse enhancement is underway designed to provide a more robust and modernized dining experience for members and their guests. 

The $2 million project will include a new gastropub inside the clubhouse named after Jack Nicklaus and a completely renovated kitchen. Construction began in June, with a completion date set for mid-October.

Led by award-winning architect Erik B. Peterson of PHX Architecture, the gastropub, Jack’s, will serve as a high-energy gathering space and diversify Desert Highlands’ award-winning dining options. In its entirety the project will consist of renovating the club’s current private dining space, Ladera dining room, as well as adding an additional bar concept that will offer members a relaxed atmosphere to mix and mingle. The bar will feature high tops, flat-screen televisions, and images that pay homage to the influence that Nicklaus and other golf legends have made.

The design also incorporates a piano bar and upgraded lounge area. Additionally, the eatery’s entrance will be enhanced to offer a “walk through memory lane” feel; featuring images and classic golf memorabilia. The overall aesthetic is a modernized take on a historical clubhouse. The renovation will also incorporate an entire interiors refresh, designed by Sam Hatch and Mike Hatch of Hatch Design Group.

The kitchen renovation will include a layout that will allow Desert Highlands’ culinary team to be more efficient and creative. Adding 16 feet of space will increase prep and plating surface area while allowing the chef to oversee the entire operation and create direct service lines for both the gastropub and the club’s intimate Ventana Room. Additionally, the enhancements will improve acoustics, which will provide a more positive overall dining experience.

“Desert Highlands has long been recognized for perfectly combining our core value – community – with majestic beauty and a lifestyle of unparalleled excellence to its members,” says General Manager / COO Monty Becton. “These enhancements will further our mission of providing the amenities and atmosphere of a world-class private club.”

Desert Highlands’ energetic lifestyle consistently draws discerning families and active Boomers in equal measure – golfers, tennis enthusiasts, pet lovers, and health and wellness enthusiasts. A full social calendar allows residents to fully enjoy this peaceful community.

Stretching to over 7,100 yards, the Desert Highlands golf course recently re-opened after a $7 million renovation project that included refurbishing every bunker, restoring the 13th hole to its original design, installing a new irrigation system and updating cart paths.

The splendid golf course offers a challenging, but fair test, and striking views of Pinnacle Peak and the lights of the Valley spread across the horizon in the distance below. Desert Highlands was the first design in Arizona by Jack Nicklaus, and immediately set the bar for desert golf experiences, not only in Scottsdale but statewide and nationwide. 

Just as impressive is Desert Highlands’ Racquet Club, which sports 13 tennis courts featuring all three Grand Slam surfaces – grass, clay and hard. Noted ATP player Nick Kyrgios considers Desert Highlands’ grass courts “better than Wimby [Wimbledon].” The Racquet Club also added two regulation-size pickleball courts last month. 

Desert Highlands also boasts a 7,700-square-foot Wellness Center, an 18-hole professionally designed putting course and a spacious dog park. Inside, the club provides residents peace of mind with a state-of-the-art security system, professionally trained security personnel, visitor control and access, and other protection amenities. Among the acclaimed residential services that truly pamper residents and meet their specific needs – shipping and transportation assistance, pool and spa maintenance, auto detailing and other customized services. 

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