Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course

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4.6
669
5 Stars
433
4 Stars
195
3 Stars
26
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
4
Staff Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
97.9%
Recommend this course
645 out of 669 reviews
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4.6
669
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
97.8%
Recommend this course
89 out of 91 reviews
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4.6
669
5 Stars
143
4 Stars
50
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
98.0%
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196 out of 200 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7258
Slope 139
Rating 73.9
Type Public
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.
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Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course
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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
Scorecard for Verrado Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.9/139 423 397 222 478 588 178 540 477 382 3685 515 422 442 310 184 588 464 154 494 3573 7258
Black/Silver M: 72.8/134 423 379 193 454 588 178 540 457 382 3594 515 411 418 310 184 544 449 154 457 3442 7036
Silver M: 71.9/130 386 379 193 454 559 166 506 457 364 3464 492 411 418 291 168 544 449 139 457 3369 6833
Silver/White M: 70.7/127 386 354 172 421 559 166 506 428 364 3356 492 375 393 271 168 544 402 139 421 3205 6561
White M: 69.3/123 366 354 172 421 518 147 435 428 337 3178 449 375 393 271 150 466 402 123 421 3050 6228
White/Gold M: 67.2/119 366 279 154 350 518 147 435 355 337 2941 449 347 322 242 150 466 338 123 356 2793 5734
Gold M: 65.7/114 W: 70.0/117 291 279 154 350 480 125 371 355 310 2715 414 347 322 242 131 427 338 111 356 2688 5403
Green W: 68.6/113 291 279 131 350 419 125 371 311 284 2561 380 313 322 203 131 427 338 111 356 2581 5142
Handicap 13 5 15 3 9 17 7 1 11 10 14 4 12 16 8 6 18 2
Par 4 4 3 4 5 3 5 4 4 36 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 15 1 11 5 7 17 9 3 13 12 6 2 10 16 14 8 18 4

Course Details

Year Built 2004
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Lehman (2004) John Fought (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.

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Reviews

4.6
669

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 62
Drinks 58
19th Hole Scenic Views 41
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 89
Bunkers 71
Forced Carries 58
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 76
Advanced Golfers 69
A Weekend Splurge 46
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 90
In the 'Burbs 36
Convenient to the City 29
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

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.

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.
Staff Friendliness Poor
Pace of Play Fair
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Good summer conditions

Fairways: plush and in great shape Greens: On the firm side, but a bit bumpy and slow Rough: thick Bunkers: very firm Friendly staff with timely beverage cart and good marshal presence. One negative that has been true for years: golf carts shut down when you get within 10-30 yards of "no carts" signs. Signs should be placed more accurately via GPS.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Fought design...

Rode the Silvers (6833/71.9/130), playing 36 holes as a single in 5H. The weather was clear and hot, 116 when I finished @ 530pm. I had planned on playing both courses, but passed on Victory after finding over that they punched their greens about 10 days ago. Founders was punched about 3 weeks ago and was 95% healed. I like desert golf and John Fought designs, so it's not shocking that I really liked this course. Tom Lehman was a co-designer, first experience on one of his courses. Some tight holes, but nothing too bad. Many holes have upscale homes around them, but they are far enough away that they blend in and are not noticeable. Some big traps to avoid and desert scape no mans land surrounds almost every hole. This course featured 17 3/4 holes of good to excellent golf. Hole 13's green being the exception. Short, 291 yard par 4 from the Silvers, severely uphill. For those of you familiar with Rustic Canyon, this green was a combination of the worst features of the greens on holes 12 & 15 @ RC. The pin was on top of a severe mound that would remind you of #12 @ Rustic Canyon, except larger. The big difference is that on #12 @ Rustic, you just roll down to a flat area if you miss the table top. This green had a front like #15 @ Rustic, where you could run a putt or chip a few feet by a pin close to the slope and end up 30 yards down the hill in the fairway. Trust me, I'm speaking from experience! The Bermuda tees were mostly lush and well maintained. Same for the fairways. First time in awhile I have played in Bermuda rough that was allowed to grow up. The ball usually sat down, and anything but whacking it out and trying to advance it maybe 125 yards was usually out of the question. I dropped out from a sprinkler and the ball sat down so much in about 4" tall rough I was lucky to gorilla a SW back into the fairway. The Bermuda greens were firm and medium speed. I had a hard time with the speeds even the 2nd time through. The customer service was excellent from everyone. Cart gal out making the rounds. All grass range with complementary balls, nice practice area. Many tees are a long ways from the last green, so even if it was not scorching, it would be a challenge to walk. Definitely recommended.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

with the different set of tees

it is a challenge for any skill level. The cart girl, Marge was amazing. I look forward to playing there again. The only negative was that the GPS was not working .
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great value

Course is in excellent condition, even for a very hot summer. No bald spots anywhere, greens run true. Staff, even the ones on the course, are very friendly. $17 for a round - I could play here every day.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course

Very nice course, great value, staff was very friendly. I will play there again.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Verrado

Course was in very good condition. The greens were bumpy given recent arriation. Generous size fairways, great layout. On course cart lady came around often as did starter to make sure we had cool drinks - very hot (110 at noon when we got done).
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Very nice golf course. Views are awesome. Will play again in a few weeks.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

First time and enjoyed it.

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great for early July

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good

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Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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