Our Story


Forest Highlands’ forefathers planned this community as a haven of luxury for the discerning golfer, the family-focused household, the highflier looking for a respite from the daily grind. The vision was executed in magnificent fashion and today’s Forest Highlands is as it should be – a paradise in the pines.


Forest Highlands Canyon Course Designers
Forest Highlands Developers


Our Founding

Forest Highlands Golf Club was founded & the Canyon course and facilities were developed by the Bailey-Bartlett Group.

Our Founders

(L to R) Jay Morrish, Jim Bartlett, Richard Bailey, and Tom Weiskopf during the planning phase of the Canyon course and facilities.


Construction of the Canyon Clubhouse Completed

The Canyon Clubhouse overlooks a wooded ravine to the south allowing views of the Forest Highlands community and golf course, while the dining room and its adjacent outdoor terraces are oriented with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks to the north. A swimming pool with an adjoining patio area and tennis courts are located adjacent to the clubhouse. The design of this area reflects social considerations and landscape concerns as well as recreational usage.


Hosted the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship


Hosted the Arizona Men’s State Amateur Championship


Hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship a USGA event

Canyon Hole 9


Best of Golf Award from Audubon International

Forest Highlands was selected as a 1996 Best of Golf Award from Audubon International for achievements in the preservation of natural resources and in wildlife conservation.


Canyon Course recognized as a top course in the United States

  • The club turned over to members and Homeowner Association formed.
  • Canyon Course recognized as a top course in the United States.
  • Golf Digest: Canyon course ranked at #1 in Arizona and #48 in the Nation.
  • Golf Magazine: Ranked Canyon course #62 in the U.S.
  • Golf & Travel Magazine: Ranked Forest Highlands #22 on its list of top 100 modern courses.
  • Links Magazine – Audubon International “Best of Golf” Award for golf and environment


Meadow Course & facilities added

Meadow course and facilities added through a partnership between HOA and DMB Development. The second 22,400 square foot Meadow Clubhouse was completed in 1999 and offers a more casual atmosphere along with its own comprehensive practice facility and swimming pool. In addition to the clubhouse amenities, the community boasts several parks, tot lots, fishing ponds, an 18 hole putting course, health and fitness facilities, basketball and volleyball courts, and a path & trail system nearly 5 miles long.

Forest Highlands Renovation
Meadow Course
Forest Highlands Wedding


Forest Highlands hosts the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

Championship won by Corey Prugh of Spokane, WA.


Forest Highland’s Remodel

A remodel of the dining, kitchen and administrative facilities, and the addition of a large banquet room was completed in the spring of 2001. Serving as the community’s more formal social center, the 29,000 square foot clubhouse includes dining areas, a lounge, kitchen facilities, a large banquet facility, men’s and women’s locker rooms, practice facility, cart storage, pro shop, and administrative offices.


Canyon Clubhouse expansion project completed.


Hosts the U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship a USGA event


Celebrate 25th Anniversary with “America” the Band

Club House
Golf Tournament
Club House
Club House


Hosts the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship a USGA event

FINAL Saturday, July 26 – Princess Mary Superal defeats Marijosse Navarro, 37 holes


Clubhouse Renovation project completed

  • 7 million in renovations
  • Doubling the size of the Fitness Center
  • Adding spa facilities, steam rooms, and a fitness flex room
  • Creating a 360-degree bar in the Meadow with an open floor plan and open-air doors during the nicest summer days
  • Adding open-air doors in the Canyon lounge while expanding the bar and adding a covered patio area
  • Added splash pad with child play area to the Meadow pool.
  • Added children’s center and recreation room with coffee bar and full kitchen to serve pool and recreation center.
  • renovated childrens play area.


New irrigation installation & bunker renovation of the Canyon Course


Meadow bunker renovation completed


Hosts the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship a USGA event

It was the last day of Match Play at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amatuer at a Windy Meadow Course here at Forest Highlands. On Championship 16 (our 7), Ina Kim-Schaad knocked in an 11 footer for birdie and WON the Women’s Mid Am.

Kim-Schaad, pictured here with Director of Agronomy, Bill Abbey on the final day of the event.


Forest Highlands Golf

In the Spotlight

Forest Highlands Spotlights

Hole Golf

Mil In Reserves