Jack Nicklaus designed the remarkable championship golf course at Desert Highlands. In fact, Desert Highlands made history in the 1980’s, as this was the first residential community built around a country club. This renowned course has a focus on the natural terrain. While normal golf courses use about 125 acres of irrigated land, Desert Highlands only uses 80 acres. This provides a truly natural desert look. Owners of Desert Highlands real estate automatically get a golf membership. The fee is $75,000. In addition to the widely respected golfing facilities that surround Desert Highlands homes, there are also a variety of other recreational activities available. For example, residents can take advantage of beautiful walking trails, tennis, and putting course. Another notable offering is a 7,000 square foot fitness center and clubhouse. In fact, this Desert Highlands clubhouse has won a variety of awards. For example, Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide called it the “Most Beautiful Clubhouse in America” and it won 4 awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Clubhouse offers two restaurants. The Ventana Room has received honors from Food and Wine Magazine, and the Zagat Survey. The Grille offers casual dining.