Desert Mountain: This private club might be the key to longevity

Desert Mountain

If the key to living longer is an active social life, pack your bags for Arizona. Desert Mountain, an 8,000 acre luxury lifestyle community in the picturesque Sonoran Desert outside Scottsdale, is consistently ranked one of the top private clubs in the nation. 

Desert Mountain’s 34 residential communities are designed as secluded villages with dramatic views of the Sonoran Mountains and surrounding landscape. But it’s the active lifestyle opportunities at this club that attract members.

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Desert Mountain is the only private community in the world featuring six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses. The courses are designed to challenge players at all levels, including a new par-54 course, the only USGA ranked short course in the U.S. Four of the courses have cool season turf which makes year-round golf in this region a reality.

What sets the club apart are the creative social activities that keep members active and engaged. Desert Mountain is bringing back the sport of classic lawn games like croquet with Costumes & Croquet, Wine & Wickets, Mimosas & Mallets. Bocce is one of the community’s fastest growing sports with competitive leagues and the not-so-competitive Beer & Bocce. Pair cocktails with games and everyone becomes an athlete.

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Members and guests find harmony in so many ways at Desert Mountain - harmony with nature and harmony with self. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities including horseback riding, glamping under the stars, and 15 miles of trails designed for walking, hiking, and biking. The Sonoran Fitness and Spa Center recently underwent a $12 million expansion to create 42,000 square feet of health and wellness space. The fully-equipped gym offers everything from TRX to crossfit to yoga. The spa features a menu of services designed create a connection with the mind, body and spirit. From a detoxing magnesium wellness treatment to the traditional Chinese art of cupping to an aroma sensory retreat, there are dozens of services to choose from.

The community’s nine-court tennis complex offers three different playing surfaces — state-of-the-art clay (har-tru) courts, three hard courts and the stadium grass court.

A jewel among Desert Mountain's amenities is the 33-acre Ranch. The long winding drive up to the ranch rewards you with breathtaking views of the expansive desert. The iconic Kiva at The Ranch was built as a remembrance of the ancient peoples who once inhabited the region. This spiritual place is home to sunset yoga classes where you can truly become centered.

There’s no shortage of activities for younger members and guests. The kids club offers dozens of activities and the property features swimming pools, playgrounds, and outdoor fire pits.

Seven distinctive, award-winning clubhouses offer a variety of dining experiences — from casual to elegant — at ten restaurants and grills. Residents and guests can experience wine dinners, cooking classes and theme nights like Sushi & Sake.

The club and all of these amenities are open to members and guests. The cooler temperatures of the Sonoran desert make this a year-round playground.

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Dining at Desert Mountain

Beth Graham

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