Forest Highlands Golf Club completes $6.75M renovation to clubhouses

Forest Highlands Golf Club, Flagstaff’s premier mountain, golf community for almost three decades, recently completed a $6.75 million renovation to both its clubhouses.  The clubhouses are located adjacent to the award-winning Tom Weiskopf-designed courses: The Canyon Course and the Meadow Course.


“Our members trusted us with a nearly $7 million investment in the future of our community,” says Forest Highlands General Manager, Bill Griffon.  “These renovations and the expansion of our facilities provide for Forest Highlands remaining one of the top private golf communities, not only in Arizona but in the United States.”

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Designed by Scottsdale-based Swaback Partners, the renovations significantly enhanced the outdoor spaces of the clubhouses to take advantage of the dramatic views.  According to John Sather, Senior Partner at Swaback Partners, “The renovation and expansion of Forest Highlands’ Clubhouses offered a great opportunity not only to update the facilities, but to continue to evolve the community’s lifestyle to be enjoyed not only for Golf, but for Life aprés Golf. The completed collection evolved the Meadow and Canyon Clubhouses into true community gathering places for every member of the Forest Highlands community.”


Swaback Partners brings years of club and recreation experience to the project. The design team focused on how to create more outdoor experiences with expanded dining and lounge locations on the wraparound decks.  The dining rooms were also enhanced and modernized with a new luxury look and feel.  A new children’s center was added to the clubhouse, and the family recreation areas were expanded with upgraded amenities added for adults and children to enjoy.


More traditional club offerings were also upgraded including new fitness equipment, massage rooms, steam rooms, exercise room, an updated locker area and a new flex space exercise room.


The members are also pleased with the renovations.  Mary Robinson, Forest Highlands member said, “We are so pleased with our latest renovations.  Our membership came together to identify what it takes to keep Forest Highlands current in appealing to golfers, non-golfers, retirees, families and kids.  This promotes a strong and balanced community interested in its quality of life and protection of property values.”


Forest Highlands Golf Club has continued to see strong sales in the community.  In fact, sales in 2016 have hit an all-time high with nearly $23 million sold as of mid-August.  “We’ve had a great 2016 thus far,” says Griffon. “Buyers come here and see how homeowners and members enjoy world-class golf, tennis, kid’s programming, pools, cycling and so much more at Forest Highlands. It’s more than just a home, it’s a way of life.”


“The location, nestled at 7,000 feet in the ponderosa pine forest of Flagstaff, offers unparalleled views and a mountain experience that’s second to none. We celebrate all four seasons from the glorious 72 degree summers to the winter wonderland when downhill skiing is 30 minutes away and cross country skiing can be found throughout the community,” said Griffon explaining the unique attraction of Forest Highlands.

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Forest Highlands With Horses Renowned Hidden Meadow Ranch Near Greer ‘Privatizing’

Capitalizing on the recovering Arizona real estate market, a top luxury guest ranch in the White Mountains near Greer, Arizona is borrowing a page from Dell Computer’s Michael Dell and going private.

Hidden Meadow Ranch

Tim and Casey Bolinger, owners of Hidden Meadow Ranch, announced that the property will transition as of August 18th to an exclusive ranch residential community.

“Since developing Hidden Meadow Ranch 11 years ago, the overnight lodging component has been a showcase for our incredible real estate,” said Owner Tim Bolinger.  “Now that the real estate recession is yielding to recovery and after hosting thousands of guests since we opened the ranch, we believe now is the time to realize the real estate opportunity that is at the heart of Hidden Meadow Ranch,” he said.

Bolinger said the property will now focus on vacation home real estate with amenities like fishing, hiking, winter sports and horseback riding.  “Think of a smaller scale Forest Highlands with horseback riding, fly fishing, archery and great snow skiing instead of golf,” said Bolinger.

“Hidden Meadow Ranch offers its residential owners the chance to experience all four seasons including fall’s changing of the aspen leaves, nearby winter skiing with high-speed quad lifts at Sunrise Resort, spring flowers in bloom and cool summers at 8,500 feet – all within easy reach from the Arizona deserts,” Casey Bolinger said.

The couple said select special events will still be considered for the property.

Hidden Meadow Ranch will offer a range of vacation home opportunities on its beautiful site, a homestead dating back to 1916 that occupies the floor of a mountain valley and is surrounded by national forest land. Lodge Cabins are being redesigned for full-time living, large lots remain and stunning log vacation homes will become the way to experience the Ranch not just for an overnight or two, but for many nights as an owner.  Opportunities for ownership include:

·         Charter Lots, one-acre lots that border either the national forest land or the Meadow Preserve for custom log homes.

·         Club Cabins, offering 1/6th deeded interests in a fully furnished and professionally managed luxurious log home.

·         Ranch Cabins, semi-custom log homes ranging from 2,500 – 3,000 square feet built to order.

·         Lodge Cabins, the small log cabins that Lodge guests the world over have enjoyed for a decade.   Each of these 12 cabins will be remodeled to include kitchens, and another six lots are available to build similarly sized cabins.

General Manager Jane Lenci, who has been with Hidden Meadow Ranch for 10 years, will lead the transition on site, and a number of the Lodge’s staff members who will lead activities, care for the Ranch horses and provide services for the homeowners.

“We thank all those who have created wonderful memories at The Lodge at Hidden Meadow Ranch over the past 11 years.  We look forward to welcoming many of our Lodge guests back as residential owners, creating new memories with those we won’t have to say goodbye to quite so often,” Lenci said. 

Lenci said guests and events booked for stays after August 18 will be notified and all deposits will be refunded.  Offers will be made to re-book them at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, which the Bolingers co-developed.

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