The Desert course opened in May 1998, this course features desert landscaping, providing a stark contrast to the almost tropical Lakes course. Somewhat more demanding of the player`s ability, it measures 7,131 yards and a par of 72. The course is accented with palm and mesquite trees, colorful cactus and desert wildflowers to give it a true desert feeling. Where water was used on the Lakes Course, vast stretches of waste bunkers border the fairways on seven holes of the Desert Course. Water does come into play on five holes and narrow fairways with elevation changes and well-bunkered large greens will test even the best players.