Desert Forest Golf Homes

Desert Forest Golf Course

37207 N. Mule Train Rd. | Carefree, AZ 85377
480.488.3527 |


Desert Forest is a private, member managed golf club. It is located in the prestigous town of Carefree, Arizona and features 7,011 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Opened in 1962 and designed by Red Lawrence, the course rating is 73.8 and it has a slope rating of 149 on Bermuda grass. The maximum number of Regular Members (shareholders) is 250. Associate members (age 41 and under) are limited to 20 only.

Very little dirt was moved during the development of the Desert Forest Golf Club, which allowed to preserve and retain the natural beauty of high Sonoran desert surrounding the course. Located at an elevation of 2500 feet, Desert Forest is free of waterways, fairway bunders or out of bounds markers. The greens are fast and are considered by many to be the best in the Southwest.

Its signature hole is the 387-yard, par-4, 10th hole. Named “Best Private Golf Course” by Desert Golfer Magazine 2009, Desert Forest Golf Club received numerous other honors and awards:

  • Named one of Golf Digest’s “Best 100 Courses in America” every year except one since the magazine’s rankings began 41 years ago.
  • Has appeared regularly on the “Top 100 Courses in the U.S.” lists by Golf Magazine (presently ranked #78).
    Two holes were also named in Golf Magazine’s “The World’s 500 Greatest Golf Holes.”
  • Has consistently been ranked in Golfweek’s “America’s Best Top 100 Modern Courses”
    (courses built from 1960-present). Desert Forest is presently ranked #26.
  • Was selected in 2006 as one of “The 100 Most Prestigious Private Clubs in America” by Golf Connoisseur Magazine.
    Desert Forest is ranked #70 – the highest ranking of any Arizona course.
  • Was voted in 2003, 2005, 2006 & 2009, the best private course in Arizona by the Arizona Professional Golfers Association and published in Desert Golf Magazine the same years.
  • Hosted the 1990 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, numerous USGA qualifying events and five state Amateur Championships.
  • Hosted the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association’s Four Ball Championship in 2006
  • Hosted the 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship conducted by the USGA

Golf Properties and Real Estate located on Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Arizona:

Residential community surrounding Desert Forest Golf Club is a perfect example of diversity offered by real estate in the town of Carefree. If you are looking for space, privacy or simply perfect harmony with the undisturbed beauty of high Sonoran Desert, town of Carefree will be a perfect fit. Developed from early 1960s through today and immediately surrounding Desert Forest Golf Course, you will find custom golf homes located on minimum one acre lots.

Architecture is not the only feature that varies from one golf home to another but the price differential is another and the variance can reach over $2 million. For avid aviators, the Carefree Airpark Estates offer a limited number of properties directly located on the runway, many of which come with their own private hanger and can reach way over $2,000,000. In the golf community of Carefree Fore, you will be able to purchase a 3,000 sq.ft home in high $200s located on over an acre lot. The price of such golf home located on the Desert Forest Golf Club will depend on the year built, views and interior improvement and can reach way over $1,000,000.

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