At an elevation of 2,750 feet, the fairways are bordered by native desert vegetation and the topography is the natural rolling terrain of this part of the desert. The course has no "out of bounds" markers, no fairway bunkers, and no water hazards. During the first fifty years, work on the golf course was restrained. Limited projects by architects Tom Weiskopf and Jack Snyder left most of the original course in tact. Desert Forest's routing, the signature element of Red Lawrence's ingenious design, remained untouched.