Verde River Golf & Social Club

4.3065000000 4.3 stars from 5 (385)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7229 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

  • 29005 N. Vista Verde Dr. , Rio Verde, AZ 85263
  • (480) 471-3232
  • (480) 366-4967
  • www.verderivergolf.com
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Year built: 2006
Architect(s): Ken Kavanaugh (2006), Tom Lehman (2015)
Type: Private
Style: Desert
Greens: Bermuda grass
Fairways: Bermuda grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, No blue jeans, & No Cut offs. Collared Shirts are required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7229 yards 73.8 143
Black 72 7020 yards 72.8 140
Gold 72 6553 yards 70.6 132
Silver 72 6208 yards 69.0 125
Silver (W) 72 6208 yards 77.3 137
Copper 72 5742 yards 66.7 118
Copper (W) 72 5742 yards 73.8 129
Teal 72 5033 yards 63.3 112
Teal (W) 72 5033 yards 70.0 123

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 385 Reviews
5 stars:
181
4 stars:
162
3 stars:
27
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

355 out of 383 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Nice track."


u000007436273'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 03/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played as a single. My GPS was useless as the course layout has recently been altered. In addition there was no course map and as a result it became tricky knowing where exactly all the hazards were located. Greens are very firm but putted well. Completed round in a bit over 3 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great well maintained course!"


u000006263414's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. They are doing tons of new construction including a new club house which looks to be awesome. The course is a bit challenging due to the tight fairways. The staff was awesome!


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


"Verde River is an Outstanding Course"


marbros1's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Played at 1PM on a Saturday in mid-march. Never saw another golfer. Pace of play was great. The course is beautiful and the views are outstanding. The tees and fairways are pristine except for some areas on the 3 new holes. Greens were accepting of a good shot as well. A suggestion; a little print out on the par 4 holes that have a ravine that comes into play indicating the distance to the ravine. No GPS makes it guess work and would not cost much.

Weekend price was very high and was evident by how few people were there in the PM. $55 higher than Mondays costs seems a little extreme. However, the course was a great experience. Worth the drive and we will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Course is beautiful!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course layout has changed a bit from last year. Will be an awesome place when all the construction is complete.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views on every hole!"


u000001033797's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This a very beautiful and well maintained golf course.

And all level of handicap players would enjoy this course.

The surrounding landscape and permanent buildings are still under construction, and for this reason I feel the non resident fee was a little pricey for now.

Also, it would have been courteous, if the four golfers in front of us, would have allowed myself and my girlfriends to play through.

Otherwise, great golf course!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"First Outing"


jhflora's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spectacular course! The staff is very friendly and the course conditions are excellent. There is a lot of construction taking place - new clubhouse, lots of housing being built and the cart paths, restrooms, etc. are under construction - but the views and the course layout make this a must-play course. Once the homes are built and the number of golfers increases, I fear the cost will go up substantially so play it now!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not like it use to be"


u000006403366's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course several time in the past before the make over. For $138.00 definitely not a deal. Staff was more interested to talk on the phone and let others know the course will be private in the future while I waited to check in. The greens were extremely hard and it was lightly raining when we played. The tee boxes are small and extremely hard, good luck trying to take a divot even from a tee. Lots of transplanted grass that made it difficult to play it where it lies. Unfortunately I do hit it off the fair way now and then, when I did I had to move our/my ball because of construction tracks in the dessert, poorly maintained area. No distance markers and no GPS for this price you would expect some thing marked you can by a course book for $14.00 where all other course we played last week only wanted $4.00. No club house other than a small shed where you can get a microwave hot dog. Construction noise every where as well as construction going on. Had to wait for trucks going down the cart paths to clear before teeing off. I think they are trying to recoup their construction money back immediately. Much better course in the past will not recommend it any more and will not go back with my group.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



sungsd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2017
First time playing Walked Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Jewel in the Making"


litigater2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although i have played Verde River a few times in the past, I have never played THIS iteration of the course. It's been turned around, flipped upside down, and re-carved into something that shows it will be spectacular one day. And probably one day soon. And while the course is being seeded, landscaped, and grown as you play, it is in great shape. The fairways are soft and the greens are slick. I was impressed with the sand in the bunkers as well. Perhaps the best sand I saw this week in playing four different courses. I hear that the course is going private in about 18 months, but I hope they don't. I'm a visitor, not a local and I'd hate to think I'd never be able to play here again. At the very least, I need to get back here one last time after they have completed the new clubhouse. It should be amazing.

Oh, yes. And the vistas. I forgot to mention those. As good as they get.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Grip and Rip"


Don3518529's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course. Would play it again. Once all the infrastructure is completed and giving time for course to mature, it will be a great venue for golf. Will be interesting to see if it remains public, semi-public, or private.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
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: Fair


I recommend this course


"Course needs to mature."


rongolfwiz's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Areas around greens and greens themselves are still very hard from the Lehman project. They don't receive or hold shots at all. Considerable amount of construction is taking place(both home building by Shea and course building clubhouse, comfort stations, etc.) I won't play this course again until all of this comes to a close(probably 2 years from now.)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Better than before"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We liked the new layout of the course, somehow feels like haven't played before. There are many tight lies and firm turf, hard to get used too. I hope they keep it nice when it gets warmer. Will play again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Well laid out"


Roger9505184's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of my favorites greens are great wind was blowing very hard! Course still played v.fair


I recommend this course


"Course on the Mountain"


Bonnie9148353's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a great time the course is spectacular great views of the mountains. The course is for any level of golfer there are several tee boxes for all levels of golf the greens were perfect. When the construction on the new club house is done I am sure that will beautiful. We played after a heavy rain some of the fairways don't drain as completely there was standing water on the 18 fairway but very playable this is a course we will play again. Great job Tom Lehman kudos to you and your staff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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



uGHWB3152GH's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and variety of holes. Excellent condition.

A number of forced carries over washes requires good course management and decision making.

Will definitely play this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good layout"


Lyle1715642's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, greens were good, a couple of the holes were a little rough, sod was still growing in and a lot of rain recently. The staff were great to deal with. I got a great deal from golf now. This course is a little remote but is worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great play"


12orprd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2017

Reviewed on

Have played this course few times. Excellent fairways very nicely manicured. Greens just a little firm but speed of greens excellent. Bunkers were very nicely maintained with sufficient sand to be aggressive to the hole. One of the best courses in the Scottsdale area. Excellent friendly staff. Pla if you get the chance, i don't think you will be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Verde river golf and social club"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course was in terrible condition, the inside service staff was less than pleasant, and the starter was rude. He delayed our tee time for a couple that plays there frequently, afterwards we spent the majority of the day waiting on them. The overall condition of the course was so poor that I feel like it was not worth the rate. the rate misleads people to believe the course is in good shape, which it is not.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/13/2017

Hi @andyduckets, thank you for taking to time to write your review. We are committed to improving experiences and are very disappointed to hear that we've fallen short on this occasion. If possible, we'd love you for you reach out to our Director of Golf so that we may understand your experience a little more, and hopefully get the chance to win you back over! Email Jeff at info@verderiverclub.com.



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