Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course

4.6379470588 4.6 stars from 5 (662)
  • 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) 388-3030
  • www.verradogolfclub.com
Write Review

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: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 662 Reviews
5 stars:
430
4 stars:
191
3 stars:
26
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

638 out of 662 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  

loading...
loading...

Reviewer Photos

Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender

"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
Verified Purchaser

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


"First time and enjoyed it."


u834325537's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a challenging course, and I don't think it was because it was my first time playing it. It has some elevation in places with the course being up against the Estrella mountains and even had some views of the city that were nice. The course was in great shape, especially for this time of year. Bunkers actually had sand in them! Unfortunately, I spent some time making sure. Grass was good tee to green. Facility is nice. Staff friendly. Our cart died due to a bad cable just after the first hole and we had help and a replacement cart quickly. There are some memorable holes on this course and I would recommend it to anyone looking to play on the west side. I came from south central Phoenix and it was quite a drive to get out there. Good course. Looking forward to trying the Victory course when I get a chance.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great for early July"


MikeK71's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape for early July. Price was awesome. Fairways in good shape. Greens were still green and rolling good. The only thing i recommend is made sure you ask for a cup and some ice before you go out. It was 109 and couldn't get a drink as there wasn't any cups at the drink coolers. Had to wait until the drink cart came around.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A trip worth taking"


Billn1962's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Founders course at Verrado is a must play course for people of all abilities. Fortunately I live close by (15 miles) but even if you live much further away, this course is well worth the trip. Being the end of June here in Arizona, you expect to see some degradation because of the heat but not at Verrado the course was in fantastic shape. I look forward to many more rounds here.


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


"US open fast greens"


mh427's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in decent shape but greens were running 13.5 on stemp Hard to score unless you play them everyday


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very wide fairways, fringe was very very easy."


calyardley's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very wide fairways, fringe was very very easy however,

if you mist the first cut your ball was lost. Lost many balls and did not want to look for them and find that they were being guarded by a poisonous critter. The course was extremely well maintained. I wish I played better. only other thing was that the greens were like concrete. after a few holes I got used to it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"GREAT bang for your buck"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a hidden gem in my opinion. One of the two or three best courses in the entire west Valley !! Great layout and normally excellent condition. It is the summer so it was perfect, but way better condition than most courses that I play in the summer months.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



pjshay's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
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: Good


I recommend this course


"Love all about VERRADO !"


MarkyVoftheCOP's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

The LayOut is so compelling to play/figure out Many should try their hand at it. The staff at Verrado is quite cordial and do feel We SHOULD enjoy the experience there.

Margie is a GEM & exemplifies the Customer SVC.level PLENTY os Facilities try to attain. Zach, also "outside SVC." as well as Jake give One the sense they sincerely hope We've enjoyed the round.

Conditions were definitely "stressed" I would say as it is toward the end-ish of June, still QUITE enjoyable for MySelf &another Golf Pal of Mine I showed off this track2. Greens still gave a test as well as the Tee2 Green fetures making this Facility one of My "Go 2" tracks. Big THANKS !


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Layout"


joelleaverton's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape for this time of year. I loved the greens as they where soft and smooth with a good roll. I'll be back


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


"Great experience!"


eltigre132's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition and the facilities were in good condition. Cart services were readily available, on course restrooms were in good condition. Practice facilities were in good condition, staff in pro shop and outside were professional and friendly.


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


"Great Place"


u000008106625's avatar
Age:  45-54

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I read some bad reviews from some other people and my experience was just the opposite. Course was in great shape, GPS worked, water was cold. Everything was perfect. I definitley will be back.


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


"Great desert course!"


u9918099's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in amazing condition for June. Looking forward to playing here again.


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



edbates45's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the experience of playing this course. I got a great rate and mostly enjoyed the experience. My only complaint is that as a single, I arrived about 90 min before my tee time. I had to wait while the 1st tee was open for the other 3 in my foursome (they never showed). The starter then offer me the opportunity to go out off the back alone. the 1st nine played fast but as I made the turn I hit all of the groups I'd waited for in the first place. I don't understand the rationale of not offering me the opportunity to go out ahead of my tee time if no one is on the course. Other than that, great experience


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A wonderful course!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Being in Messa for a few days to play some golf I was a little concerned about driving an hour away on my last day of golf to play this course when there were so many courses within 15 minutes. But, I am so glad we took the drive. The course was in excellent condition and was a great choice to end my golfing trip!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"5 Star all the way.."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Start to finish this was a great golf experience.

Course condition-primo..

Challenging but playable for all levels..

Amenities, staff were top notch...

5 Star all the way..!


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


"Challenging Experience"


idahojones's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The layout is interesting and scenic. Played in 4.3 hours. We found the greens difficult to read. They break less than they look. Great time. Very professional and courteous staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u640515500's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Justen1141207's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course"


uZUGH9772ZU's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Is is always a pleasure to play Verrado. Course is always in excellent condition. On this particular day, Zach in the pro shop went above and beyond to make experience better than usual.


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



    Marketing Tools for Golf Course Operators

    • Add a Golf Advisor Rating Badge to Your Website. Get Widget
    • Get a feed with the latest reviews for this course Feed