Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course

4.5608000000 4.6 stars from 5 (582)
  • 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

John Fought and Tom Lehman collaborated on the course at Verrado Golf Club, a voluptuous design that meanders through the old Caterpillar bulldozer proving grounds. It's up and down for 18 holes and that doesn't mean "chip and a putt." The course is good test with chances to score and a handful of memorable and scenic holes.

Where Verrado Golf Course will eat you alive is in the bunkers. Some bunkers are hard to carry, others collect wayward shots. But the fairways are wide enough to avoid trouble, and what appears to be the safe shot off the tee will often bring greenside bunkers more into play. So pick your poison.

While the back nine is far superior to the front, going out still has its fair share of memorable holes. A huge boulder 30 feet tall on the par-4 eighth jets out from the left side around which the fairway shapes itself. A perfect line from the tee box is to take the ball five yards right off its edge, but hitting the boulder is certain death by desert. The boulder was scheduled to crumble via dynamite, but stood up to the TNT and was deemed an immoveable object. Open and playable for all skill levels, the Verrado Golf Club is a sublime experience.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 582 Reviews
5 stars:
368
4 stars:
176
3 stars:
24
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

560 out of 582 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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. The windy conditions made it more challenging for sure.

My only complaint was my wife got a Hole In ONE on #6 and we were surprised that the course doesn't do anything for that, not even a certificate. That very disappointing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course to play"


DonnRTaylor's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You have your choice of tees. Decided to play the white at 6228 yards. It played longer because of the wind and some of the uphill holes. Nice elevation changes. #8 was the only hole that the landing area off the tee that was not very visible, so we drove up to scout out the hole. There was a generous fairway. Definitely worth a replay.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



jeffbruemmer1960's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


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


"Fun windy day"


tcca's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is always in top notch condition. 20 mph+ winds added to the entertainment, but played with a group that kept the ball in play in the windy conditions.

Always a great golf experience..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Jodie64's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u116324393's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
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Reviewed on

We were only a twosome so had to wait on every shot, which was to be expected. What wasn’t expected or appreciated was the foursome behind us continually hitting into us . Was it because we were 2 female golfers? .... too bad they didn’t know we are both single digit handicaps. And too bad the Marshall came around on the last hole.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


"WHERE DID ALL THE CARTS GO.?"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
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Reviewed on

For a course of this caliber to be short on carts that cause a slow down in play is not acceptable. In addition the staff just passed it off as a crowded day!! We had booked a twilight rate but the extra 1/2 hr delay due to a court shortage caused us not to be able to finish. The number of carts are within the control of the course management in this case they FAILED.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bad experience"


ro3erto's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
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Reviewed on

Verrado has two of my top 5 favorite courses in the Valley. Had early afternoon tee time at Founders showed up around 1 hour early and there were at least 10 groups waiting on carts and while waiting didn’t see anyone play 18th hole for 15 minutes. We ended up starting 20 min late and barely finished in the dark. Something should be done to address the pace of play, new management needs to step it up. Very disappointed in the experience here. May have to spend the summer golfing in the east valley if this keeps up.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



U000001208527's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
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Reviewed on

Great course for low handicappers. Greens were slow because of recent rain. Had a enjoyable round.


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



u000005061707's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course; nice to find a course that you could play at 7200 + yards from the tips. Of course lots of other tee boxes to accommodate all levels of play.

Will go back and play again.


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


"One of best courses in area and very playable if you play correct tees."


rscott7mm's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout, well designed. Has multiple tee combinations which really makes it enjoyable and fare for all handicaps. Great proshop and restaurant make this a memorable experience

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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 Course Great Views"


Pioneer73's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is always a treat to play,. It has an array of varied holes and the best par threes anywhere. Tough but fair with tees for any level of golfer. Can’t say enough nice things about this place.


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



myWhalenisGod's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Loved the day and good people came on as singles friedly staff superb experience !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



lchelsean51's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
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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


"This place is insane!"


GolferJH's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We got a hot deal on GN for a 1230 for $67. This place is insane! Play it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



ron9930685's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
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: Good


I recommend this course


"Verrado - Founders Course"


jonrace's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, I always enjoy playing this course, started out on back nine because of tournament. Views on back nine fantastic. Greens and fairways excellent. Staff assistance good. Highly recommend this course. 2/8/2018


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played 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: Good


I recommend this course



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