Category Archives: Desert Mountain Lifestyle

The 2015 Sonoran Clubhouse Renovation Project at Desert Mountain


In December, members approved the Sonoran Renovation Project with a total of 969 (64.6%) equity members voting in the affirmative of all ballots cast – and with a total of 1,500 equity members (75.4% of all those eligible to vote) casting ballots from October 27 – December 1, 2014.

The renovation will take the current Sonoran Clubhouse facility from approximately 25,000 to more than 42,600 square feet.

“This is an exciting time for the club” said Director of Tennis, Spa and Fitness, Matt Wooldridge. “I think members will enjoy the new fitness and spa experience that the expanded and redesigned space will offer.” Matt pointed out that the Sonoran staff is also looking forward to a bigger, more contemporary facility that will enable them to expand their classes and introduce more programming to members.

When completed, the new Sonoran Clubhouse will offer an increased fitness and training area, more group exercise space, an enhanced spa with a new manicure/pedicure salon, a quick-serve café, bigger locker rooms, new poolside restrooms and family locker rooms, a remodeled boutique, a more spacious Youth Activities Center and children’s grass play area, along with larger indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.

Construction will consist of two phases starting towards the end of the first quarter of 2015, as soon as construction permits are approved by the City of Scottsdale.

It’s estimated that renovation will be completed in 16 months. Please watch for construction progress updates and further communications as the renovation gets underway.

GRAND OPENING PARTY! The Ranch & Tonto Ridge/Apache Skyline Trail at Desert Mountain

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Please join us on Saturday November 22nd from 4-8:30PM for our Grand Opening Party to celebrate The Ranch and Desert Mountain’s new Tonto Ridge/Apache Skyline trail.

Party-goers should plan to register  at the Cochise/Geronimo clubhouse porte-cochere from 3PM onwards, where you’ll  receive a short program of the evening’s events plus your drinks tickets.

Shuttles will transport guests to and from The Ranch.

Drinks will be served from 4PM, followed by dinner. Music will be performed by local band ‘Mogollon’  after 5PM.

The evening’s events will include:

  •  A release of rehabilitated owls, courtesy of Wild at Heart
  • Unveiling of the Founders’ Wall
  •  Dedication of The Ranch in the Kiva presentation facility
  • Experience a Desert Mountain luxury campsite from H2R Expeditions

Cost to attend (includes all food and two drinks tickets):

  • $75 per member and guests
  • $35 for children ages 6-12
  • Children aged 5 and under are admitted free

Prior to the Grand Opening, there will be 2 guided hikes per day on the new trail, starting at 10AM on Monday November 17th, through Friday November 21st, as follows:

  • A 6-mile hike (an estimated three hours) on the Tonto Ridge and Apache Skyline loop. This is a strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet.
  • A shorter hike (approximately 90 minutes) on the Apache Skyline trail; an out-and-back hike with steep grades and an elevation gain of 400 feet. This is a slow, evenly paced hike.

Breakfast and lunch will be available daily at a cost of $20 per hiker (free for Desert Mountain Trail Founders).

Please register online or with Member Services by Wednesday, November 12th.

This will be a fabulous, fun event and we hope you’ll be able to join us!


The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Oct 27th – Nov 2nd – followed by ‘A Hole in One’!

Please join us at Desert Mountain Club’s Cochise course, where over the next few days the season-ending event on the Champions Tour, The Charles Schwab Cup Championship will be played from October 27th – November 2nd.

(Click here for full details of the PGA Champion Tour Website).

C.Schwab at Cochise, DMFans of the game will be able to watch the 30 top players on the Tour’s official money list and some of the most accomplished players in PGA Tour history as they compete for two coveted trophies; the Charles Schwab Cup Championship Trophy and the Charles Schwab Cup.

This points-based competition was launched in 2001 to determine the Champions Tour’s leading player and the program rewards consistency and top-10 finishes, week-in and week-out, at all official Charles Schwab Cup events.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars because the tournament returns to Desert Mountain in 2016 and we hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, immediately following the Charles Schwab Championship Cup on Sunday November 2nd is our $100,000 ‘Hole-In-One Event’.


  • THE SHOT – 18th hole at Geronimo (Ladies -130 yards / Gentlemen -170 yards)
  • THE SHOOTERS– Top 25 female and Top 25 male, closest to the pin qualifiers
  • QUALIFY SHOTS – Flick performance -best of 5 balls – to a 75 yard pin (qualifying times areThursday-Sunday from 10AM – 1PM)
  • THE PRIZE– Paid to the first TWO females and first TWO males to make a hole-in-one during the event

Those eligible to participate are as follows:

  • Desert Mountain Members & Property Owners
  • Desert Mountain Membership Prospects
  • Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Prospects

(Not eligible are any of the above who played #18 Geronimo on Nov 2nd 2014 and all PGA professionals, past or present)

Qualifying sign-up is in person at the following locations:

  • Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty onsite office
  • The RLSIR Schwab Cup locations
  • The Desert Mountain Membership Office

Finally, we hope you’ll join us for this fun event – and may the best man/woman win!



Desert Mountain Lifestyle – The Hiking Trails

Unique to Desert Mountain is the private hiking and Equestrian trail system.

Desert Mountain's Hiking Trail Map
Desert Mountain’s Hiking Trail Map

The hiking trails consist of more than fifteen miles of trail segments that offer a wide range of hiking experiences with varying degrees of difficulty, leading to the Continental Mountain’s eastern slope and its dramatic  Sonoran desert panoramas. Pass through Saguaro cactus forests, a colorful riparian basin and up to a scenic point, with views stretching all the way to Tucson’s Catalina Mountains.

Saguaro on the Desert Mountain Hiking Trail
Saguaro on the Desert Mountain Hiking Trail

Climb to a 4,100-foot elevation to view local landmarks such as Skull Mesa, New River Mesa, Elephant Butte – and an incredible 90 miles west, all the way to Harquahala Peak beyond the town of Wickenburg.

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Be sure to watch out for the slow-moving, indigenous Desert Tortoise along the way.



Desert Mountain recently received the ‘American Trails Developer Award’ from the non-profit American Trails organization.


Desert Mountain Saguaro sunset
Desert Mountain Saguaro sunset


…that the average size of a full-grown Saguaro cactus is approximately 30 feet tall and it has about five ‘arms’?

A Flicker takes refuge in a Saguaro
A Flicker takes refuge in a Saguaro



The Saguaro also provides shelter and sustenance for a wide variety of bird life.

Hummingbirds feed on Saguaro Flower Nectar.
Hummingbirds feed on Saguaro Flower Nectar.



According to the National Park Service, the tallest Saguaro ever discovered was 78 feet tall. That particular Saguaro was probably well over 200 years old!

Desert Mountain's Saguaro Forest
Desert Mountain’s Saguaro Forest

Please call (480) 319 3800 for more information on all that Desert Mountain has to offer.