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History of Seven Canyons

About Seven Canyons

In 1956, Jack Snyder had a vision. He found a 200-acre parcel in the wilderness and visualized a master-planned real estate development centered around a golf course. Many years and many hurdles later, Seven Canyons was born in the heart of the red rocks, and Jack’s dream was finally realized.

Our Early Days

By 1961, the first playable golf course opened completing the first phase of Jack’s vision. Back in those days, dirt roads across red sandstone shadowed your drive to the magnificent site. It was not for the light-hearted. Due to the slow economic development of Sedona at the time, the course closed a few years later.

Reimagined in 2000, John Lang and Dave Caven teamed up on the next wave of development. The original proposal was a luxury fractional residential community. The vision was brought to a new level of distinction.
Yet, unresolved was fitting 18 holes and a real estate development in a box canyon. Fortunately, PGA golf legend Tom Weiskopf was instantly struck with inspiration. In a matter of days, Weiskopf toured the land on horseback with a notepad. Within two weeks, the master plan for the Seven Canyons golf course was realized.

“The sheer beauty of Seven Canyons Golf Club is arresting. I consider it irreplaceable real estate.”

In April 2003, Seven Canyons officially opened with great success. Significant membership and ownership interest followed Caven’s pomp and flair. In 2004, the practice park was added to bring players more breathtaking views for inspiration.

In 2007, construction completed on the Villas at Seven Canyons, 30 luxury homes with fractional ownership opportunities offering 2,600-square-feet of elevated living. This old-world refuge quickly sold, but with limited resale opportunities, you can still get a slice of heaven.

Seven Canyons Revival

In 2013, a savvy and successful fund of investors recognized Seven Canyons’ potential and acquired it. The new ownership partnered with the Enchantment Group to elevate Seven Canyons to its original glory. Enchantment Group’s expertise in luxury destination resorts helped maintain Seven Canyons’ longstanding sophistication. This ongoing partnership offers reciprocal benefits to resort guests and club members alike, allowing various uses and special offers at these exclusive properties.

The infusion of capital focused on expanding property development. The Clubhouse, a central hub for amenities and social gatherings, opened in April 2015. Designed by Douglas Fredrickson Architects, the 23,000-square-foot Clubhouse includes The Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar, Mana Fitness Center, golf shop, locker rooms, and event space.

Ownership is now completing the last phase of this legacy. The final two neighborhood, The Retreat and The Enclave, bring a modern sophistication to the diverse line of development phases. Partnering with cutting-edge PHX Architects helped realize the final wave of development. For the last five years, every detail of these modern and transitional homes was carefully considered. These award-winning show stoppers will take your breath away. Many of these homes have already sold and ownership is working hard to complete the final wave.

Seven Canyons neighborhoods:

  • The Retreat – single-family homes and homesites on a terraced hillside facing Long Canyon & Maroon Mountain vistas
  • The Enclave – luxury townhomes surrounded by red rock views along the fairways and scenic ponds
  • The Villas – old-world style luxuriously appointed fractional ownership villas nestled along the golf course
  • Solitude – custom homes & homesites near the practice park and adjacent forest service trails
  • Secret Ridge – custom homes and homesites adjacent to Rachel’s Knoll overlooking the Seven Canyons golf club
  • Sedona Ranch – a majestic 111-acre gated community along the calming waters of Oak Creek

In October 2017, ownership turned to the top global golf management company, Troon, to elevate the club and course to new heights of luxury and service. The Troon Privé designation, and the benefits that it offers our membership, greatly enhance the Seven Canyons lifestyle of distinction. The success of this relationship led to Troon’s appointment to fully manage all aspects of golf and club.

It’s time for you to join the legacy!