Desert Forest Golf Club - Carefree, AZ
Designed in 1962 by Robert "Red" Lawrence, Desert Forest was the only desert course in the area at the time of it's construction. With views of Black Mountain, the course was one of a kind and the competition was not as fierce as it is today. Unfortunately, after 50 years of existence, the pressures of time and the modern game would catch up to Desert Forest. Fortunately, Desert Forest would fight back with it's 2013 golf course project.
David Zinkand, an associate of Coore and Crenshaw, was hired to do a tee to green remodel. The remodel was a great success and Desert Forest remains one of the areas most respected private courses. Read more about the project and see the before and after photos here. I especially enjoyed the re shaping and appearance of the bunkers.
For my round, I would get up close and personal with that desert forest as I lost 9 balls into the prickly areas left and right of the lush fairways. Although, I would roll in some pretty nice par putts to keep my golf soul satisfied.