Desmond Muirhead

Course Architect

Desmond Muirhead (1923-2002) was a legendary golf course architect, an iconoclast and innovator who cut against the grain of conventional design. He created Desert Island just before beginning an illustrious and controversial design partnership with Jack Nicklaus.

Muirhead’s emotionally stirring, championship course on Desert Island is one that every class of player can enjoy, a demanding challenge for athletes and a forgiving, tranquil game for those less competitive. His lush oasis floats in a sea of desert sand surrounded by scenic mountain views. One hundred rolling, manicured acres meander around a serpentine, twenty-five acre lake, somehow kept secret for over five decades.

Course Rating/Slope
Men’s Women’s
Black 71.9/128 White 75.9/131
Blue 70.4/125 White/Gold 74.5/127
White 69.5/122 Gold 73.1/123
White/Gold 68.2/119 Red 72.2/121
Gold 67.0/116 Red/Green 69.8/115
Red 66.2/113 Green 68.4/112
Red/Green 64.1/107
Green 62.9/104

Desmond Muirhead (1923-2002) was a legendary golf course architect, an iconoclast and innovator who cut against the grain of conventional design. He created Desert Island just before beginning an illustrious and controversial design partnership with Jack Nicklaus.

Muirhead’s emotionally stirring, championship course on Desert Island is one that every class of player can enjoy, a demanding challenge for athletes and a forgiving, tranquil game for those less competitive. His lush oasis floats in a sea of desert sand surrounded by scenic mountain views. One hundred rolling, manicured acres meander around a serpentine, twenty-five acre lake, somehow kept secret for over five decades.