Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course

4.5089000000 4.5 stars from 5 (450)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7258 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

  • 4242 N Golf Dr, Buckeye, Arizona 85396, Maricopa County
  • (623) 388-3000, (623) 388-3008
  • (623) 388-3030
  • www.verradogolfclub.com
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Year built: 2004
Architect(s): Tom Lehman (2004), John Fought (2004)
Type: Public
Style: Desert
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7258 yards 73.9 139
Black/Silver 72 7036 yards 72.8 134
Silver 72 6833 yards 71.9 130
Silver/White 72 6561 yards 70.7 127
White 72 6228 yards 69.3 123
White (W) 72 6228 yards 74.4 134
White/Gold 72 5734 yards 67.2 119
White/Gold (W) 72 5734 yards 71.7 122
Gold 72 5403 yards 65.7 114
Gold (W) 72 5403 yards 70.0 117
Green (W) 72 5142 yards 68.6 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 450 Reviews
5 stars:
279
4 stars:
138
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

430 out of 450 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers forced carries   Great for patio dining drinks 19th hole scenic views  

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"Course is good test. Bar and Grill needs to be more customer oriented and ensure if there are specials posted on golf carts that they are in effect."


mestevem's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2021
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Reviewed on

Our group played the Saturday before over seeding at Verrado. Even though the fairways were being prepped for over seeding, the course was still beautiful and great fun to play. The scenery is breathtaking as you travel the path through the mountains. The only problem we had occurred after play when we went to the restaurant. While we were playing we commented on the large signs posted on the back of the carts advertising happy hour with 1/2 price appetizers and we had decided to stay and eat there rather than going elsewhere. We ordered drinks and inquired about happy hour and we were told there was no happy hour on Saturdays. When we asked why the cart advertising specified happy hour was on Mondays thru Sundays, we were told that it was no longer true. One of our group then went to the pro shop to inquire why it was posted on the carts and he was told also that it was not true and nothing could be done about it. Ten minutes had since gone by and we were still waiting for our drinks. When another ten minutes passed, and as we watched one person after another walk to the bar to get drinks, we decided that the chances of getting anything to eat would be pretty slim. We left and found a very nice Italian restaurant in the town square to eat in. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to eat after playing Verrado. I would also suggest that management take the time to remove the cart advertising while the course is closed.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u000004805637's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



xoticrabbit's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tired and Threadbare in Buckeye"


Bobemac's avatar
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Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course gets lots of play and will get a lot more during the summer because they are shutting down their new Victory course until the fall.

They have three leagues here every week. Today is the old men's league. That means they play slow. Always check with the course to find out if it's a league day before you buy a tee time.

We started on hole 10 today and encountered the old guys playing slow.

The fairways are hit or miss here. Some are green and some are mottled and many are brown.

The greens are worn out and bare and there's sand and old ball marks all over.

This Tom Lehman design is not very imaginative and he does focus on long par fours. Comparing Verrado to most of the upscale desert venues leaves Verrado way behind.

The vegetation here and the plantings are wilted and brown.

Marcus did a great job wearing many hats, including the starter.

Crystal in the pro shop was a help.

They protect the greens to a fault here and it delays the pace of play. Not allowing carts

closer than 100 yards is unwieldy.

A nearly 5 hour round on a weekday is not a good thing. There was no ranger sighting

on this course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"J.B"


jessebenish's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
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Reviewed on

Very nice coarse.Staff appeared to be new or weekend crew. Overall a good experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fantastic"


u000005752734's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

First off I play 3 times a week and have for years, booked 256 rounds of golf last year through golfnow and this is the first time ever I rated 5 stars all the way through. I've had customers in town the past 2 weeks, last week we played Troon North and TPC Stadium, I have to say playing Verrado Founders was a far better experience, forget that is was a fraction of the price if I had the choice to play any of the courses again it wouldn't be close, absolutely loved this course, both my wife and I fell in love with it and the staff was fantastic, can't wait to play it again, best course in the valley in my opinion and best value by far


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course to play with wide open fairway to hit ball with driver freely."


u000006724175's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very windy day and it was very challenging, but enjoyed playing golf with good friends. Very helpful and friendly staffs in pro shop and restaurant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day!"


DCallison's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, views are amazing. We all really enjoyed our day!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great elevation changes"


slbechtold's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a couple of blind tee shots but had some great views of the valley. Would recommend to friends.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Little Gem"


JonZona's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoyed the coarse, except the blind drive on 9. Plays much like Whirlwind with quite a bit more elevation change.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000003670034's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Slipping a bit"


Jerryhughes's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2017
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Reviewed on

Greens had been mico plugged and were not up to standards overall. Been playing there for years but probably the weakest condition I have ever seen.

The marketing dept. needs to do something about those lanterns they use for their logo. Very Lame.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


Douglas4918024's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very interesting and challenging. Greens had a little ball mark damage. Rate was off GolfNow and was very reasonable for what you get. A good course, I play it again. There are others you can play that are better, I. E. Quintero or Copper Canyon. Also, GPS directions from Google Maps is wrong, so maybe call pro shop for directions.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Getting even better with time."


MrAnderson18's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Founders golf course is your classic desert style golf course with no two holes alike. Tom Lehman and John Fought are two reputable names in golf course design. They further prove so with the Founders course. Challenging, but enjoyable. Great scenic views and the last 3 holes are a great finish in either competition or with friends. All around the Founders course is an established wonderful golf course. No question... a must-play.

*Love the sleek and cool fighter jets flying over head from time to time. A mini airshow on a golf course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good track with Excellent Views"


Gregory5281752's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Founders Club is a Good track and I found it quite playable despite the wind this day. The layout is awesome. Long rides between some tees. Staff was okay could be better considering the area and what you pay. Greens in good shape and very fair. I think I like the Victory Course better but will need to mature.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000004970720's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u714665484's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"6 Stars in Value"


RhodyGrinder's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Verrado Founders is a great place to play. Make an effort to make this a part of any Phoenix golf itinerary.

It's a fabulous layout. The course has it all: doglegs left, doglegs right, uphills and down. There was great variety in tee shots where I took clubs from driver thru my hybrid. Approach shots felt the same where there was always something to consider; bunkers, water, the better side of the green for an easier putt. With all of that it felt challenging, but never unfair.

The conditions were great and the staff was attentive and friendly. The clubhouse is gorgeous where the bar was busy at lunch time, but service was quick and the food delicious. Have the rueben!

Here's the bottom line: This course easily rivals ones that charge as much as 3 times in price. I played 6 high end courses on my trip to Phoenix and this takes the cake in value. The guy I played with paid even less that I did. I tried to play it a second time on my last day of the trip! It was that good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Best course I've played in Phoenix"


Chasmo46's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

High end facility, but staff was very welcoming. The course was in great shape. The prices for drinks on the course were fair. Very scenic. Would definitely play it again at the discounted rate.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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