RIO VERDE, Ariz. -- The golf course at Verde River has been reborn. Again.
Verde River Golf & Social Club, originally opened in 2006, is in its newest phase after a summer under the knife by player-turned-designer Tom Lehman.
Originally called "Vista Verde" and then "Tegavah" for a period of time, the Verde River development is now owned by Shea Homes and under the Trilogy brand. (The decade of turnover is a familiar story for courses that opened just prior to the "Great Recession.")
While the club has announced it will ultimately go fully private, there are still very few homes up and running, and membership for now is in its infancy. During the time of our visit, there was a lot of building activity on the property, including a brand new, 30,000-square-foot clubhouse campus, which is scheduled to open in the second half of 2017.
The Verde River golf course itself has a lot going for it: wide fairways, large greens and few if any development between the course and mountain range to the east. With a peak-season green fee for visitors expected to be in the $100-$150 range, it's a relative value compared to some of its north Scottsdale neighbors to the west such as Troon North and Boulders.